Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said the state will advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools, but Superintendent William Hite said the money won't guarantee buildings will open on time.
Hite said the district still has an $81 million budget gap. He said officials continue to consider layoffs, a delayed start or a shortened school year.
The up-front funding announced by Corbett on Wednesday represents early disbursement of money the schools would normally receive through the academic year.
Corbett said he's disappointed that legislators haven't approved a proposal to let the city enact a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to generate more than $80 million for the state's largest school district.
Corbett and Hite called on lawmakers to pass the tax to assure longer-term funding.