Philadelphia School District
Principals Deidre Bennett, who had been at Huey Elementary, Michelle Burns formerly of Tilden Middle, and Marla Travis-Curtis, the principal at Lamberton Elementary, were fired.
The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.
At Central High School – long regarded as one of the city’s top academic magnets – there are two counselors for 2,400 students. There were six counselors last year.
The School Reform Commission is pledging to approve key school district hires in public, after failing to do so for years.
The School Reform Commission has ordered its lawyer to investigate why dozens of top-ranking Philadelphia School District leaders were hired over the last two years without public notification, in violation of district policy and the Sunshine Act.
The study takes data from the 2011-12 school year from more than 500 school districts across the Commonwealth.
The Mayor gathered with Council President Darrell Clarke and several members of City Council late Wednesday afternoon to announce he had reached what he labeled a compromise on the school fund plan.
Mayor Michael Nutter rappelled down a 31-story building on Friday to raise money for Outward Bound.
It appears another $30 million piece of the Philadelphia schools’ budget puzzle may soon happen.
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.