Unrelenting Poverty Leads To ‘Desperation’ In Philly Schools
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, cut more than $1 billion from the state’s K-12 budget, which hit the state-controlled Philadelphia district hardest.
This is the second in a three-part report on Philadelphia schools in crisis.
Philadelphia’s Center City area sparkles with new restaurants, jobs and money. After declining for half a century, the city’s population grew from 2006 to 2012.
But for people living in concentrated poverty in large swaths of North and West Philadelphia, the Great Recession only made life harder.
The overall poverty rate in the city dipped slightly in 2012 to 28 percent. But the number of Philadelphians needing food stamps rose last year, and the child poverty rate in the city still hovers near 40 percent.
At Julia de Burgos Elementary School in North Philly, for example, almost every child lives at or below the federal poverty line.