Philadelphia School Budget

(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and their supports demonstrate on October 16, 2014, in front of school district headquarters on North Broad Street.  Photo by KYW's Justin Udo)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Files Court Motions Over Contract Cancellation

Union president Jerry Jordan, in a statement, said the cancellation lacked legal merit and he called the act “cowardly and disrespectful.”

10/17/2014

(National Merit Scholar semifinalist Jamie Schwartz is flanked by her parents, Marc and Staci, at Masterman School.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

At Masterman School, Students Continue Raking In Achievement Awards

Despite the turmoil surrounding the Philadelphia school district’s budget crisis, one of its top high schools has reason again to celebrate.

10/11/2014

(Teachers walk into Kelly Elementary School in Germantown after a morning rally.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Teachers Protest Budget Cuts At Philadelphia Public Schools

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.

10/10/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Says Teachers’ Contract Was Voided Because SRC Was ‘Out of Options’

“This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are,” Nutter said today.

10/07/2014

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signs legislation authorizing a $2-per-pack city tax on cigarettes, to benefit Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For Philadelphia

The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.

09/24/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Another Try: Pa. House Committee Approves Phila. Cigarette Tax for Schools

For some, it was déjà vu: the House passed a bill more than two months ago to authorize the cigarette tax for city schools, but then the bill got bogged down.

09/16/2014

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

Phila. Public School Advocates Keep Pressure on Corbett For School Funding

Laurie Friedman, who lives in West Philadlephia, had tears in her eyes as she read letters written by students begging state lawmakers to increase funding for the city’s schools.

09/08/2014

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Public School Students Return To Class Amid Budget Crisis

Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing

09/08/2014

(Volunteers plant greenery at Dunbar Elementary School, near 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Volunteers Pitch In To Spruce Up a North Philadelphia Elementary School

This is the third year that “People Helping People” has helped the staff of Dunbar Elementary get ready to open, and the volunteer force has grown to about 200 people.

08/21/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For Action

The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.

08/15/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Philly Schools To Open On Time, But With Service Reductions

The School District of Philadelphia will open as planned on September 8th, but with temporary “service reductions.”

08/15/2014

(Tom Wolf, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, center, chats with Alan Levin, CEO of Northeast Building Products.  Photo by Tim Jimenez)

Pa. Governor Candidate Tom Wolf Says State Should Do More For Philadelphia Schools

One day after Governor Corbett was in town to announce an advance of funds for the troubled School District of Philadelphia, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming election, Tom Wolf, made a campaign stop in Northeast Philadelphia.

08/07/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Meets With Pa. Lawmakers Over Taxes For Phila. Schools, With Little Result

They met for about two hours, but in the end there was no agreement to bring the House back into session to vote on the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia public schools.

08/04/2014

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