Philadelphia School District
Laporshia Massey died Sept. 25 after school staff twice called home to say she felt sick. Burch, though, said he was told she could make it through the day. Instead, he rushed the sixth-grader to a hospital when she got home, only to have her lose consciousness on the way. She died a short time later.
Choosing a high school for 8th graders is tough in Philadelphia; this year it’s harder than ever. But there is help.
Drexel University is among those considering buying the recently closed University City High School.
With the start of the school year, comes a just-released list of after-school activities.
SEPTA’s website has a school trip planner directing students from the 24 closed schools to their new ones.
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan says some steps have been taken in the right direction, but not enough to get a deal done.
Teachers marching in the Labor Day Parade on Monday said they’re willing to bend but not break.
The midnight deadline came and went Saturday, but there was no new contract between the Philadelphia School District and its teachers union.
One local educator wants the performers at this weekend’s Made in America festival to pitch-in to help Philadelphia’s cash-strapped schools system.
With the teachers union airing ads blasting him, Mayor Nutter is defending his efforts to secure funding for Philadelphia schools.
With the start of school a little more than two weeks away, the Philadelphia School District is restoring some laid-off staffers with the money it has available.
While teachers and activists marched, Philadelphia parents last night took their concerns over the budget crisis to the School Reform Commission.
Teachers and parents booed throughout the meeting as the School Reform Commission set aside union seniority rules, and stopped union pay increases based on service time.
The leader of the city’s struggling school system wants to suspend rules that require laid-off workers to be rehired based on seniority, a move the teachers union said it would fight.
Public school advocates say while politicians ‘bicker’ about how the city should come up with $50-million to enable the Philadelphia School District to open classes on time, children deserve more than three-times that amount.