City councilwoman Jannie Blackwell scheduled the debate on prayer in Philadelphia’s public schools based on her belief that the school district could do more.
Blue-collar workers at Philadelphia schools are continuing their protest against hundreds of planned layoffs.
The help comes in two forms: The mayor’s Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr and former district Chief Academic Officer Ed Williams will each serve as executive advisers to acting superintendent Lee Nunery during the search for a permanent superintendent.
After a tumultuous summer that saw the buyout of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, a new school year begins today for Philadelphia public school students.
The fact that anonymous, private donations paid for nearly half of Arlene Ackerman’s $900,000 buyout is raising questions.
The School Reform Commission issued a statement that Ackerman will be paid $905,000, the amount due on the remainder of her contract.
In the ongoing legal battle over layoffs between the teachers union and Philadelphia school district, it appears likely that the State Supreme court will take up the case
Philadelphia school officials are preparing to make deep cuts in staff and services, should Governor Corbett’s budget become reality.
More schools could be closed, teachers laid off, classroom sizes expanded and furloughs are all on the table now that the district is facing a big deficit.