Hundreds of Philly Students Walked Out Of School Today. Here’s Why.

Protesting looming cuts to school programs and staff that many have described as disastrous, hundreds of Philadelphia students marched to City Hall, and then up Broad, to School District headquarters today.

Mayor Nutter, meanwhile, was at a high school in South Philly this morning, rallying for $300 million in education funding the School Reform Commission needs from Council, from the state, and from union concessions to close the district’s budget shortfall. Some council members seem irked that he chose to do it while they were in session, suggesting the mayor was trying to send a message. Council President Darrell Clarke, meanwhile, suggested Council wouldn’t act unless the state stepped in. Seems everybody in the city wants the same thing for the schools–more money–but no one quite knows where it’s going to come from, or who to blame if it doesn’t come through.