Nutter Will Present Proposals To Raise $60 Million For Schools
Philadelphia students walked out of school Thursday and flooded the streets of Center City to protest district budget cuts.
"No ifs, no buts, no education cuts," they chanted.
It was a peaceful walk-out to City Hall and the school district's headquarters to have their voices heard.
The students are asking the district to give back money they took in recent budget cuts, which they say could keep more schools open.
In the wake of protests to prevent school closings, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke out on the school budget crisis Thursday.
Nutter and state lawmakers were at Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia putting their support behind the effort to get the school district additional funding.
The mayor said he'll present several proposals in an effort to raise $60 million for city schools, including raising the liquor-by-the-drink tax.
"But the district cannot cut its way out of a budget shortfall so huge without hurting the quality of education that it provides to 200,000 Philadelphia school students every year," Nutter said. "No one likes raising taxes or providing new revenues, but everyone wants quality service. Well, those two things are just in conflict with each other."
School district officials say they still need $120 million more in state money.