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"Doomsday" Budget Approved For Philadelphia City Schools

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No arts and athletic programs. No assistant principals, counselors and nurses. Some 3,000 school employees could lose their jobs now that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to approve the so-called 2.39 billion "Doomsday" budget Thursday night.

The district is battling a $300 million deficit. 

Commissioners say they were forced to vote for the cuts because they were legally obligated to pass a budget by May 31.

"This budget does not meet our expectations for every school to deliver high-quality educational programs and opportunities. We are hopeful that we will find a resolution in the coming weeks to provide our students with the education they deserve," said Superintendent Dr. William Hite.

For CAPA High School student Tiffany Thompkins it could mean she won't be able to have her dream job when she graduates from Temple University.

Thompkins plans to major in music education and teach in Philadelphia city schools. She wants to give back to the district and help children feel what she felt when she first learned to play a string instrument at school in the third grade.

"For the kids growing up they aren't going to have a chance to be exposed to something
so critical and its something that can help them relate to people no matter what their background"

The catch to all this is that the budget could be amended in the next few weeks. Commissioners are hoping money from the city, state and contract concessions from unions will help them restore programs and jobs.

Union members say they plan to protest in front of Philadelphia School Headquarters on June 5.

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