Philadelphia Inquirer: New money, new plans for 2 troubled Phila. schools

By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer

Khyrie Brown stood outside his school and enumerated the things he was going to tell School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green on a tour of Blaine Elementary on Monday.

The school lacks adequate supplies, said Khyrie, an eighth grader. Its equipment is old, its classes are too big, and it doesn’t have enough staff.

“They need to restore what they took from us,” said Dawn Hawkins, Khyrie’s mother, who also took the tour with Green. She said the school is so underfunded that teachers solicit small change for copier paper, and parents are asked to send in toilet paper and hand soap.