[UPDATE] Corbett to Release $45 Million for Philly Schools

Satisfied with district’s progress.

Tom Corbett

[Update 12:44 pm] This may be why Corbett released the money. Axis Philly reports: “With little fanfare, Superintendent William Hite imposed new work rules on district teachers today, ending the practice of filling vacancies through seniority.”

[Original 12:03 pm] And now for some surprising and welcome news: Governor Corbett will release $45 million in state funds his administration had been withholding from the cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia. He says he is satisfied with the district’s progress after receiving a letter yesterday from Superintendent William Hite assuring him that the schools were enacting substantial reforms. Previously, the governor had said he wouldn’t release the funds until the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers made certain concessions. [Inquirer]