The news from Philly today is that the SRC (the government appointed board that replaced the elected school board about a decade ago) has okayed suspension of various school code rules, most notably the seniority rule. So now they can hire back whatever teachers they wish. Want to bet that the list is short on teachers near the top of the pay scale?
We've seen how academic "crises" can be used to break open public schools. Philly and Chicago show how a financial crisis can be used as well.
For bonus points, want to guess how long it will now take them to "solve" the crisis, now that they have the rules changes that they want?