The proposal by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to trim state aid to public school districts has sent Philadelphia's already strapped district scrambling. Among the cuts on the table is the City's full-day kindergarten program, widely viewed as a significant factor in early educational success.

"Any time we cut education funding, it's tragic," said former Governor Edward G. Rendell, now a Ballard Spahr partner, "and particularly in Philadelphia’s case because the progress has been so phenomenal. It’s the one program that should be saved, in my judgment."