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Activists at City Hall hold signs depicting the state money spent on standardized testing.  (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio)

City Council Hearing Looks Into Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

Standardized tests like the PSSAs and now, the Keystone exams, are a major measure of student performance in Pennsylvania. But Philadelphia teachers union president Jerry Jordan told a Council hearing that they haven’t helped.

11/19/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local Control

If at first you don’t succeed…City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.

10/12/2014

CAPA High students protest the SRC voiding teachers' contract with a symbolic strike. (Credit: Jim Melwert)

Students ‘Strike’ To Show Support For Philadelphia Teachers

Upwards of 200 students stood outside the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts in a spirited protest and symbolic ‘strike’ on Wednesday morning.

10/08/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   (File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Walter Palmer Charter School Heads To Court In Last-Ditch Effort To Stay Open

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners charter school could close any day now, if it can’t convice a judge to order an infusion of cash from the school district. Founder Walter Palmer claims the district owes his school nearly $1.4 million.

09/24/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

House Signs Off On Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Measure

All eyes shift to the state Senate after the House late this afternoon once again approved a bill to authorize a cigarette tax to raise badly needed cash for Philadelphia schools.

09/22/2014

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

State House Set To Vote On Cigarette Tax To Fund Philly Schools

The Pennsylvania House is expected to vote today on a proposal to raise new money for the Philadelphia School District — a measure the school district repeats is badly needed.

09/22/2014

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South Street Grocery Store Helps Raise Funds For 2 Local Public Schools

The schools have more than 1,300 students all together, and Whole Foods says the funds raised will directly support students.

09/18/2014

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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.

09/15/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Finding New Ways To Boost Attendance

The Philadelphia School District is trying some new strategies to stress the importance of attendance.

09/12/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Parents Say State Failed To Probe School Issues

Seven Philadelphia School District parents have alleged in a lawsuit that the Pennsylvania Department of Education violated its obligation to investigate allegations of curriculum deficiencies in the schools.

09/09/2014

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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

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Teachers Prepping For Monday’s First Day For Students

Teachers in Philadelphia’s cash-strapped public schools are already back at work, getting ready.

09/04/2014

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Philadelphia School District Sued Over Girl’s Asthma Death

The family of a girl who died of an asthma attack after attending a public school without a nurse has sued the Philadelphia School District.

09/03/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Philadelphia School District Lays Off Some HQ Employees As Part of Huge Cuts

The cash-strapped Philadelphia School District will lay off 17 central office employees as part of an elimination of 81 positions at school district headquarters.

08/29/2014

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Philadelphia Teachers, Students Prepare For Another School Year With Less

Back to school shopping is now in full swing throughout the Delaware Valley, but for some, what was once a time of excitement has now turned into a hardship.

08/22/2014

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