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(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

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.

03/27/2014

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Area Early Education Advocates Send A Message — With A Face — To Harrisburg

“People should take a selfie and they should tweet it with the hashtag #IamPreK,” said the head of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children at their annual conference.

03/21/2014

(Parking meters in Manayunk.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Rate Hike Proposed For Philadelphia Parking Meters

None of this affects the core of center city and University City, where multi-space kiosks are used rather than the old-style meters.

03/20/2014

(Bondine High School, in 2006 file photo.)

Amid Phila. School Budget Woes, World Affairs Council Severs From Bodine H.S.

The Philadelphia school district’s international magnet school, Bodine High School for International Affairs, is named for the World Affairs Council chairman who helped start it in 1981.

03/19/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Agree To 16% Pay Cuts

Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.

03/17/2014

(Susan Gobreski, at lectern, and other education advocates speak to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Group Wants Continuation of Phila. Sales Tax Hike to Fill School Funding Gap

A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.

03/13/2014

File Photo (Credit: Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

Next Phila. Budget To Target Demolition Safety, Libraries, Union Contracts

According to a budget overview obtained by KYW Newsradio, additional money for inspectors will “strengthen demolition controls to ensure safe public and private demolitions.”

03/05/2014

Stephen Starr, at his "Parc" restaurant on Rittenhouse Square, announcing plans to collect donations for Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Stephen Starr Restaurants Collecting Donations For Philadelphia Schools

Starr is chipping in $25,000 himself, with the goal of collecting $100,000 for playgrounds, technology, and internships.

03/04/2014

(File photo of University City High School, now closed.)

Buyers Found For Four Mothballed Philadelphia School Properties

The school district says it will gross $35 million and net $25 million from the sales.

02/27/2014

(Members of Philadelphia's Democratic caucus in the Pa. State Senate.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. State Senate Dems Propose $300M Fix For Education Statewide

The plan from the Philadelphia Democrats would generate $300 million for schools statewide, including $90 million more for Philadelphia.

01/30/2014

(Dr. William Hite, in file photo. Credit: John McDevitt)

No Additional Philly Public Schools Set For Closure Before June 2015

After watching the district close 32 school buildings over the last two years, school advocates were bracing for even more this year. But schools superintendent William Hite says he’s not planning any.

01/10/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Schoolteachers, School District Hoping State Mediator Will Break Logjam

Philadelphia public school teachers have been working without a contract since the start of the school year.

01/08/2014

(The former Germantown High School.  File photo by Carrie Hodousek)

Phila. School District Says Buyers Are Interested in Its Vacant Buildings

Now, for the first time, the district is disclosing how many offers came in.

01/08/2014

Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Philadelphia School Budget On The Ropes

The school district’s budget crisis cast a shadow over everything it did in 2013.

12/31/2013

(Philadelphia School District headquarters, at 440 North Broad Street.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

2013 IN REVIEW: Phila. School Funding at a Crossroads

City Council president Darrell Clarke got fellow lawmakers to agree to a plan that would recover money sent to the school district by selling some unused school buildings to developers.

12/27/2013

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