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(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

(Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan, in white shirt, listens to concerns of a union member at a table he set up outside school district headquarters.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Teachers’ Union Boss Hits Sidewalk Outside Phila. School HQ To Hear Teacher Issues

With the governor and the School Reform Commission calling on teachers to make concessions, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ president Jerry Jordan was hearing directly from members about their working conditions.

08/21/2014

(Education activist Helen Gym, standing outside a charter school in Chinatown she helped found.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax Legislation

An amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.

07/03/2014

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

Philadelphia Schools Face More Cuts If State Lawmakers Can’t Agree On Funding

The Philadelphia School District is keeping its pink slips in its pocket for now, until the revenue picture from Harrisburg becomes more clear.

06/30/2014

(The web site of Philadelphia School Partnership.)

2 Low-Performing Philadelphia Catholic Schools Get Improvement Funds

The Philadelphia School Partnership is giving $137,000 each to St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, in South Philadelphia, and to St. Helena Incarnation, in Olney.

06/25/2014

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

Teachers’ Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District Control

Hillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important — albeit symbolic — statement.

06/22/2014

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