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Philly School Parents Consider Class-Action Lawsuit

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PHILADELPHIA -

This is the last weekend of summer vacation for thousands of kids in Philadelphia, and parents tell us they're more anxious than the kids.

They say instead of excitement, there's confusion and fear. They're considering turning to the courts for help.

A budget crisis has led to school closings as well as cuts to staff and programs.

The district and the teachers' union still haven't reached a contract deal.

And city leaders have not secured funding that will help plug a $220-million budget deficit.

Members of Parents United for Public Education told reporters Thursday night that they're appalled and worried.

They met with attorneys from the Public Interest Law Center to explore their legal options.

They're focusing on a state constitutional mandate that guarantees a "thorough and efficient" education for every child.

Lawyers say a class-action lawsuit is a possibility.

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