Philadelphia School Reform Commission

(SRC chair Marjorie Neff, center, chats with schools superitendent William Hite, right, during an SRC session on Thursday morning.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District ‘Lump Sum’ Budget Getting OK’d Despite Funding Holes

Right now, the district’s $2.9-billion preliminary budget for next year is short, according to CFO Matt Stanski.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Survey: Philadelphians Want Public School System Fixed, Not Circumvented

“(Philadelphians) have an extremely low opinion of the performance of the public school system, and … they favor replacement of the School Reform Commission with an elected school board,” says a spokesman for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

(Shortly after school police confiscated anti-charter protest signs at the SRC's February 18th meeting, Lisa Haver, of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) displays a hastily drawn sign that says, "Why did SRC take our signs?"  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against School Reform Commission After Protest Signs Confiscated

Lisa Haver, co-founder of a group that opposes more charter schools in Philadelphia, says school police confiscated her signs at the SRC’s February 18th meeting.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

(Marjorie Neff, left, recently appointed to head the School Reform Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf, and her predecessor, Bill Green, who will remain a member of the SRC.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Phila. SRC Chair and His Replacement Say They’ll Move Schools Forward Together

New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

(Former SRC chair Bill Green.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Says He Won’t Give Up SRC Chairmanship Without Court Fight

He says he plans to go to Commonwealth Court for a ruling on whether Gov. Wolf had the authority to strip him of his School Reform Commission chairmanship.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/02/2015

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Chosen Few Emerge From Philadelphia High-Tech Charter School Lottery

Thousands of parents learned Tuesday whether their child was awarded a spot in the K-12 Math, Science & Technology charter in the far Northeast.

02/24/2015

(The School Reform Commission, during a contentious meeting on February 19, 2015, when Bill Green was chair.  Schools superintendent William Hite is standing in background.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

School Reform Commission Says Its Vote on Charter Applications Will Have Little Budget Impact

The district faces an $80-million deficit next year, but SRC chair Bill Green says adding five charters won’t break the budget because four of the schools would open in 2016.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

The School Reform Commission granted conditional three-year charters to five schools, but denied 34 others. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Philadelphia SRC Approves 5 New Charter Schools, 4 Arrested During Heated Meeting

The meeting was frequently disrupted by protesters as the School Reform Commission granted conditional charters to five schools.

02/18/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

All Eyes On Phila. School District As Battle Over More Charter Schools Gets A Vote Tonight

The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

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

School Reform Commission Faces Charter School Vote Amid Intense Pressure From Both Sides

The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.

02/18/2015

(Marchers rally in front of School District of Philadelphia headquarters, on North Broad Street.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Thousands March Through Central Philadelphia For Justice, Jobs, and Fairness

The event was organized by a coalition that calls itself MLK Day of Action, Resistance, and Empowerment (“MLK DARE”).

01/19/2015

(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

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