Pennsylvania Department of Education
These are the first heads to roll in the investigation of 53 Philadelphia schools that has been going on for more than a year.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in the process of rolling out new exams for high school students that will become a graduation requirement by 2017.
More than half of the school buildings in the School District of Philadelphia are on the list.
The state education secretary announced late Thursday afternoon that the board of trustees of Philadelphia-based Frontier Virtual Charter School voted to voluntarily surrender the school’s charter.
A study from the Commonwealth Foundation finds that children who attend schools with the worst academic performance in Pennsylvania are five times more likely to be a victim of violent crimes in school.
Judge Michael Baylson’s decision starts the clock running for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to advance some $3.2 million to the Chester Upland school district no later than close of business on Thursday.
Sources tell KYW Newsradio that an agreement would advance $3.2 million to the school district. That would be enough to subsidize the district through the middle of February.
One of the two charter schools in Chester has filed suit in Commonwealth Court, seeking millions of dollars it insists is owed to them, either by the Chester-Upland School District or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Pennsylvania education department releases its list of persistently dangerous schools, this week, and, once again, Philadelphia is the only district with schools on the list.
A Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman says statewide math and reading assessment scores improved slightly but fewer schools in the state made “adequate yearly progress” based on the No Child Left Behind law.
It is not a trend yet, but a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education says state officials are open to the idea of four-day weeks in classrooms as school districts look for ways to save money.
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