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Arbitrator Says School District Disregarded Seniority When Rehiring Laid-Off Counselors

An arbitrator says the Philadelphia School District violated the teachers contract when it disregarded seniority when rehiring laid-off counselors two years ago.

07/07/2015

At the offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Philadelphia, US Sen. Pat Toomey, fourth from left, leads a roundtable discussion on child sex abuse.  Photo by Steve Tawa

Sen. Toomey Presses For Stricter Background Checks on School Employees

Today, Toomey held a round table discussion in center city Philadelphia on the topic of sexual abuse of children and how to prevent it.

07/07/2015

Jesse Turner, in green shirt, is joined by others on Independence Mall who oppose standardized testing in public schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Conn. Man Brings Walk Against Standardized School Tests Through Delaware Valley

Jesse Turner (wearing lime-green shirt in photo) is walking from Connecticut to Washington, DC to gain support for his fight against high-stakes standardized tests in public schools.

07/07/2015

(Some of the students taking part in the "green" summer camp at Bristol High School.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

‘Green’ Summer Camp Blooms in Bucks County, Pa.

A unique summer camp is being conducted in Bristol, Pa. And it’s all about sustainability.

07/06/2015

(Stephen Stace follows his lawyer out of a Montgomery County courtroom following his sentencing.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Retired Montco Music Professor Sentenced For Sexting Minor Girl

Stephen Stace, a retired Penn State-Abington music professor, is headed to prison after pleading guilty to sharing explicit photos with a 16-year-old girl in Spain.

07/06/2015

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La Salle University’s First Female President Goes To Work

Monday is Dr. Colleen Hanycz’s first day on the job.

07/06/2015

Derrick Wood is a chemistry teacher at Conestoga High School. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Conestoga High School Teacher Honored With Presidential Award

Derrick Wood is just 33 years-old, but he’s already won three major Chemistry teaching awards. The Presidential Award is his fourth honor but he says it feels completely different.

07/06/2015

(Aleida Garcia, visiting the Shrine of St. John Neumann, in Northern Liberties.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Support For Families of Victims, From One Who Knows

“I asked myself, are you going to fall apart and surrender to the chaos, or are you going to take a stand?” she recalls.

07/06/2015

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Schools Chief Hite Turns Down His $60,000 Performance Bonus

Hite is declining the bonus that goes with the good report card he received from the School Reform Commission.

07/02/2015

(The former Truebright Charter School, on East Roosevelt Boulevard, in file photo by KYW's John McDevitt)

Truebright Charter School Ends Battle To Fight Closure

A troubled Philadelphia charter school is shutting down, rather than continue a court battle to get the SRC to renew its charter.

07/02/2015

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Inspection Reveals Philadelphia School Buildings Unsanitary, Unsafe

City Controller Alan Butkovitz says his inspection finds unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

07/02/2015

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Philadelphia Controller Again Finds Problems in City’s School Buildings

Alan Butkovitz last inspected school buildings in 2008, and he says not much has improved since.

07/01/2015

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School Reform Commission Adopts Budget

With no state budget in sight, the School Reform Commission Tuesday night had to cross its fingers in hope as it adopted a spending plan for next year.

07/01/2015

Philadelphia's Commission for Universal Pre-Kindergarten holds its first meeting, in the mayor's reception room of City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Philadelphia’s New Universal Pre-K Commission Gets Down to Business

The new commission’s job: to recommend ways the city can pay for high-quality pre-K for 40,000 eligible three- and four-year-olds.

06/30/2015

Vikki Aristoklis, a veteran teacher at James Rhodes Elementary School in West Philadelphia, says teachers need the resources to help their students. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Teachers, Activists Demanding More State Money For Schools

Philadelphia teachers are heading for Harrisburg today to press their case for more state funding.

06/29/2015

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The Black History Showcase

The Black History Showcase aims to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of Black history, while enhancing pride and dignity among those who indentify with the culture.

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