In a press release, Philadelphia Jobs With Justice — an advocacy group made up of labor unions and student, community and faith groups — commended Penn for the contribution but said that chronic underfunding of Philadelphia’s public schools can’t be solved with one-time gifts. It also specifically called upon other private nonprofit universities in the city to do more.
The University of Pennsylvania has pledged to donate $100 million over the next 10 years to the School District of Philadelphia, the university and local officials announced Tuesday.
The contribution follows criticism that the university was not paying its fair share to the city in property taxes. The millions of dollars to local schools will go a long way toward needed repairs and safety, leaders say.
The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it would donate $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia over 10 years to help pay for the remediation of asbestos and other potentially dangerous conditions in aging school buildings.
The University of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it will pledge $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia, making the private contribution the largest in the School District’s history. Penn’s $100 million contribution to the District will be $10 million annually for 10 years. The money will be used to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead in the public school buildings.
Penn pledges $100 million to Philadelphia Public Schools to address environmental hazards | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Penn will contribute $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia over the next 10 years, the largest private contribution in the school district’s history. The announcement comes as the University faces widespread criticism from both students and faculty for its refusal to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes, known as PILOTs, to the city of Philadelphia.
Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia School District to help with asbestos, lead abatement | Philadelphia Inquirer
The University of Pennsylvania will donate $100 million over 10 years to the Philadelphia School District to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead, the school announced Tuesday. It’s the largest private contribution to the School District in its history and comes as the district, like other organizations, is reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus.
Despite its massive footprint in West Philadelphia, Drexel University does not pay any property taxes on the land it occupies. Despite the fact that the university is technically a non-profit, its revenue grows every year. Other universities in Philadelphia, including the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University, are situated similarly.
Pa. schools need $4.6 billion to close education gaps between affluent and poor districts | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Pennsylvania’s public schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close education gaps between the most affluent and poorest schools, according to a new analysis. In recent years, members of the Penn community have called on the University to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes to support the Philadelphia School District and shrink the education gap.
Phila. Councilmember, Penn alum Helen Gym urges her alma mater to pay PILOTs amid pandemic | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Second-term City Councilmember and 1993 College graduate Helen Gym, often coined Philadelphia’s “most progressive” Councilmember, has her sights set on a better vision for Philadelphia as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend millions of lives in the city.