City Schools Keep Winter Programs With New Deal

Kids at Philadelphia’s public schools will be able to use gyms and participate in extra-curricular activities thanks to a new deal between the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia School District. A change in staffing and hours of operation will allow Philly to save $1.8 million while continuing to provide 16,000 kids with the opportunity to ball or otherwise enrich themselves.

“In addition to the strong academic programs, extracurricular activities are absolutely vital to the health and development of well-rounded young people,” Mayor Nutter said Tuesday during the announcement in City Hall. “This is good news for our students, our young people and, certainly, the city taxpayers.” [Daily News]