Philadelphia School District
It’s been eight days since the School Reform Commission voted to shutter 23 public schools in Philadelphia. Students and parents at closing schools are wondering what’s next.
The School Reform Commission has voted to save four public schools from closure in Philadelphia.
There was a lot of disappointment and passion from parents, teachers and education advocates in attendance.
In its opening contract proposal, the Philadelphia School District wants teachers’ work days extended from seven to eight hours with teachers at the top of the pay scale taking a 13-percent salary cut.
In its opening contract proposal, the district wants teachers’ work days extended from seven to eight hours, with teachers at the top of the pay scale taking a 13 percent salary cut.
The new School Reform Commission policy means that vendors looking for school contracts have to have their use and occupancy taxes and other city taxes paid up.
Superintendent William Hite told a daylong City Council hearing on Tuesday that he will announce an updated school closure plan next week.
The report by the Pew Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative looked at what’s happened to closed schools in 12 cities and researcher Emily Dowdall says most of them are still sitting vacant.
Part of the debate over closing 37 Philadelphia schools includes the possibility of moving some schools into the cavernous district headquarters building.
The School District of Philadelphia is strapped for cash, yet the CBS 3 I-Team found it is spending tens of millions of dollars a year – your tax money – on a big perk payout: letting workers cash in on unused vacation, personal and sick days.
The rally was organized by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and Juntos, a non-profit that works for equal rights for the Latino immigrant community.
Philadelphia area community groups are joining together to fight the School District recommendation to close 37 public schools at the end of the school year.
Public school advocates are already asking for changes in the action plan unveiled today by Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite. KYW’s Pat Loeb reports they want a moratorium on the school closings Hite as proposed.
After receiving an independently-funded consultant’s report school district leadership recommended downsizing the central office and turning over school operations to so-called “achievement networks” in the springtime.
The Philadelphia School District has sold two historic buildings — one for a lot, one for a little.
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