City Controller Alan Butkovitz says his inspection finds unsanitary and dangerous conditions.
Alan Butkovitz last inspected school buildings in 2008, and he says not much has improved since.
The fire reportedly started around 10am at the school near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.
“People are losing their homes, they’re losing their vehicles, they’re not able to take care of their children,” says former Palmer staffer Sultan Ashley. “They don’t have medical coverage.”
Now that the Philadelphia School District has accepted applications for new charter schools, charter operators are revving up the pressure to get new schools approved. Some are already recruiting families for schools that may never exist.
The avalanche of applications came when the school district ended a seven-year moratorium on new charters, as a condition of receiving funding from a new, $2-a-pack Philadelphia cigarette surtax.
The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners charter school could close any day now, if it can’t convice a judge to order an infusion of cash from the school district. Founder Walter Palmer claims the district owes his school nearly $1.4 million.
An agreement is now in place to preserve Septa transportation for thousands of Philadelphia high school students.
Drexel paid $25 million for the school building, which the district closed last June.
Police say a seven-year-old student brought ten packs of heroin into a classroom at Commodore John Barry Elementary School at 59th and Race Streets.
The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation is now handling the sales for the school district.
One school police officer suffered minor injuries and a student was scratched in the face when the huge fight erupted.
The union that represents Philadelphia Public School principals has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that contains what the union chief calls “serious concessions.”
Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.
Now, for the first time, the district is disclosing how many offers came in.