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

Commonwealth Court Reviews Legality Of Philadelphia School District’s Termination Of Teachers’ Contract

Attorneys for the Philadelphia School District have asked a Commonwealth Court panel to affirm the District’s authority to cancel its teachers contract.

12/11/2014

(Protesters gather outside the Philadelphia office of Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, near 12th and Chestnut Streets in center city.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Activists Say Phila. Charter Schools Are Rife With Fraud And Regulators Aren’t Watching

Today, they brought their complaints to the doorsteps of the Pennsylvania attorney general and the School Reform Commission.

12/08/2014

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Phila. School Officials Begin Sifting 40 Applications For New Charter Schools

The avalanche of applications came when the school district ended a seven-year moratorium on new charters, as a condition of receiving funding from a new, $2-a-pack Philadelphia cigarette surtax.

11/18/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Friends of Charter Schools Rally on North Broad Street

The rally highlighted a new Pennsylvania law that allows charter school operators a direct appeal if their application is turned down by the SRC.

11/11/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees Hope For Phila. Schools in Wolf’s Election as Pa. Governor

The mayor believes Wolf’s election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

11/05/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Judge Puts Labor Contract Changes For Philadelphia Teachers On Hold

The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.

10/20/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

State Senator Wants to Give Pa. Governor Power to Abolish the SRC

Currently, the SRC must approve its own dissolution.

10/14/2014

(Teachers walk into Kelly Elementary School in Germantown after a morning rally.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Teachers Protest Budget Cuts At Philadelphia Public Schools

Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.

10/10/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

Mayor Michael Nutter. (File photo by Tony Romeo)

Nutter Says Teachers’ Contract Was Voided Because SRC Was ‘Out of Options’

“This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are,” Nutter said today.

10/07/2014

(SRC chair Bill Green, left, and schools superintendent William Hite at school district headquarters.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

School Reform Commission Imposes New Terms on Philadelphia Teachers

School Reform Commission chair Bill Green said the SRC is exercising its option to unilaterally modify its labor contract with the PFT.

10/06/2014

(Masterman principal Jessica Brown.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

For Masterman School’s New Principal, It’s Back to the Future

The new principal at Masterman, a magnet school (grades 5-12) in Philadelphia, is no stranger to the place: she was once a student there.

09/27/2014

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signs legislation authorizing a $2-per-pack city tax on cigarettes, to benefit Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For Philadelphia

The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.

09/24/2014

(Activists favoring a ballot question on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission demonstrate in the City Council caucus room prior to the vote.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OK

Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.

09/18/2014

(Ken Trujillo.  Photo provided by Friends of Ken Trujillo)

Ken Trujillo Announces Run For Philadelphia Mayor

His top issue: returning the Philadelphia school district to local governance.

09/17/2014

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