City Council Explores Parking Authority Low Funding To Public Schools, Despite Making Higher ProfitsParking Authority officials explained its declining contribution to the school district results from a complicated combination of state law, increasing pension costs, and events such as the Pope's visit and snowstorms.
Philadelphia Councilwoman Pushes For More Public School Water FountainsCouncilwoman Helen Gym says there are too many broken water fountains in schools, and this week, she proposed legislation to fix the problem.
At-Large Seats Among Contested Phila. City Council RacesIn addition to candidates for mayor, Philadelphia voters today are also choosing their party's nominees for all 17 seats on City Council.
Phila. School Officials Begin Sifting 40 Applications For New Charter SchoolsThe 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.
Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax LegislationAn amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.
Phila. Education Firebrand Helen Gym To Receive White House Award Helen Gym is well known among local government and educational leaders for keeping them on their toes. The Philadelphia community activist will be honored at the White House next week for her service to the city.
Pa. Auditor General Hears Tales of Charter School Accountability WoesWith more than half of Pennsylvania's charter schools in Philadelphia, state auditor general Eugene DePasquale came to City Hall for his final statewide hearing on charter accountability.
Parents Considering Legal Action Over Hobbled Philadelphia SchoolsTired of waiting for answers on how schools can open Monday with overcrowded classes and barely any counselors or support staff, parents are looking at taking matters into their own hands.
Education Advocate Speaks Out On Philadelphia School Budget CrisisThe Philadelphia School District's budget crisis has many families worried as summer draws to a close with the beginning of the school year up in the air. But a parent and education advocate says this is more than just about the $50 million dollars to get schools open on time.
Part 3: Turmoil In The SchoolsIt's been ten years since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took control of the Philadelphia school system, but even those who initially supported the state takeover acknowledge a seemingly neverending torrent of problems.
Mayor's Appointees Quit Philadelphia School Reform CommissionThe head of Philadelphia's embattled School Reform Commission -- attorney Robert Archie -- has resigned, along with member Johnny Irizarry, and now it is up to Mayor Nutter to fill those seats.
Draft List Of Philadelphia Schools Targeted For Closure Has Parents UpsetThe leak of an internal document listing Philadelphia schools up for possible closing has district officials firing back.