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Philadelphia Public Schools

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Local Non-Profit Offers Families Options For Children’s Education Amid School Closures

As Philadelphia school officials finalize school closures and future plans for public schools, a local non-profit is offering low-income families another option for their children’s education.

01/15/2013

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Some Philadelphia H.S. Students Will Have A New, Easy Way To Get Condoms

Students in 22 Philadelphia public high schools will return to school in the new year to condom dispensers in the nurse’s office.

12/23/2012

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Decision Expected Soon On Which City Schools Will Permanently Close

Superintendent William Hite says he’ll be ready to announce late next week which of about 40 Philadelphia public school buildings are on the list to close for good.

12/05/2012

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Selecting A School

GreatPhillySchools.org includes information and ratings on over 400 public, charter, private and parochial schools in Philadelphia.

11/20/2012

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Making High School Choices

The race is on for Philadelphia’s public school 8th graders. By November 2nd they must select five high schools and starting September 19 applications will be accepted.

09/18/2012

Student Kiara Garcia speaks while parent Kia Henson -- far right -- and Teachers Union President Jerry Jordan -- next to Henson -- listen. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Group To Develop Plan Countering School Closures Study

A group of students, parents and teachers — unhappy with a consultant’s report that called for the closing of one-fifth of Philadelphia public schools –announced they’ll launch their own effort to develop a strategic plan.

08/16/2012

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Declining School Enrollments

Philadelphia is cited in articles about the national trend in declining school populations and its effects. Detroit and Cleveland are in similar situations.

08/15/2012

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Teaching Kids To Understand The World Through Science

GeoKids LINKS, now celebrating its 20th year, was developed in Philadelphia, with teaching units in grades 1-5, offering a ninety minute weekly lesson in four North Philadelphia schools

06/12/2012

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Making Shakespeare Come Alive

Philadelphia’s Artist-in-Residency program for high school students, includes hands-on activities addressing the literary and performance aspects of Shakespeare’s plays.

06/04/2012

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Getting To College

Of the 16,000 students who began high school at a traditional Philadelphia public or charter school in 2006, 36% didn’t earn a diploma, while 28% graduated but didn’t go on to college. Something needs to change.

05/30/2012

(Schoolkids board the bus home outside McCall Elementary School in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Excessive Heat Prompts Early Dismissal In Philadelphia School District

The excessive heat prompted the School District of Philadelphia to dismiss students early Tuesday.

05/29/2012

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Philadelphia’s Claymobile

By Dr. Marciene Mattleman PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Maria, a third grader at a Kensington public school in Philadelphia studying American Indians made a great clay totem pole. Keith, a 6th grader at a southwest city […]

02/14/2012

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Choosing The Right Superintendent

As Philadelphia Public Schools search for a new Superintendent, a recent report indicates most big city supers serve an average of just over 3 years.

01/11/2012

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Selecting High Schools

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook provides data on all high schools: admissions requirements, locations, enrollments, demographics and in many cases activities both in and after school. A section in Spanish is included.

09/14/2011

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Truancy: A Major Urban Problem

Truancy is a problem in major urban areas. In Philadelphia 10,000 students, or 6% of the public school population, have 10 or more unexcused absences.

06/22/2011

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