Month November 2013

How Does Orange County Compare to Philadelphia’s School District Budget?

Every county is experiencing the downfalls of budget cuts from the US Department of Education’s deductions. Although the budget cuts in Orange County, FL are expected to increase in 2014 a reported $70 million dollars, there may be other locations that are under worse circumstances.

For instance, the urban school district of Philadelphia, PA has been having major trouble with grabbing hold of the funds needed to fill the gap of a $304 million dollar budget deficit.

This year, the Obama administration gave 45 million dollars meant for the debt forgiveness of Philadelphia. Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania had been holding the release of the 45 million until Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union agreed to take a 10-20 percent pay cut.

The debt of the Philadelphia district has resulted in nearly 4,000 layoffs in teachers, administrators and staff. It is encouraged for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to agree the requirements of Gov. Corbett so that 1,000 employees of the district can be rehired.

This info-graphics below shows the comparison between Philadelphia County and Orange County:

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In comparison, the Orange County school district is a suburban location that is much more fortunate than Philadelphia. According to Fine Arts Coordinator of Orange County, Scott T. Evans, Orange County has at least one teacher in each school across the county. Philadelphia statistics say that one in four schools do not have a full time music teacher.

Unlike Philadelphia, Orange County was able to enact a one percent property tax increase to support budget cuts from the US Department of Education. Philadelphia, on the other hand, tried to enable a proposed $2 per-pack-tax on cigarettes, which was the plan of the city’s Mayor Nutter.