Philadelphia School Reform Commission

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

Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Asks Pa. Court To Preserve Contract Seniority

The school district last week asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to affirm its right to sidestep seniority rules.

04/03/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

Philadelphia Public School Principals Agree To 16% Pay Cuts

Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.

03/17/2014

In file photo: SRC Chariman Bill Green (credit: CBS3)

SRC Chair Doubtful Superintendent Will Get All Money Requested To Improve Philly Schools

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite put a $320 million price tag on his action plan. But new SRC chair Bill Green said the district shouldn’t count on getting that much money from the city and state.

02/22/2014

In file photo: SRC Chariman Bill Green (credit: CBS3)

Bill Green Serves First SRC Meeting As New Chairman

The SRC was interrupted by shouts and jeers and boos from angry parents and educators as they laid out an aggressive agenda for the upcoming year.

02/20/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School Reform Commission Gets New Chair, New Member

Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.

02/18/2014

Jan. 17, 2014: (Gov. Corbett, at lectern, announces the appointment of Bill Green, partially hidden, to head the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. Senate Confirms Green, Jimenez To School Reform Commission

The state senate approved the nominations of City Councilman Bill Green to be SRC chair, and Farah Jimenez to be an SRC member.

02/04/2014

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

Philadelphia SRC Investigates Hiring Of Key School Officials Without Public Input

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.

11/24/2013

(jonathan Cetel of PennCAN, outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Two Groups Press For Elimination of Teacher Seniority Rules In Philadelphia Schools

Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.

09/30/2013

(Wendell Pritchett at a Rutgers-Camden event in 2011.  File photo by Karin Phillips)

Pritchett Prepares to Step Down as Rutgers-Camden Chancellor

Wendell Pritchett made the announcement at a faculty breakfast that he’ll be returning to the Rutgers faculty next July.

09/10/2013

(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers express their anger during Thursday night's School Reform Commission meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philly School Board Staffing Moves Raise Ire of Teachers’ Union

The Philadelphia teachers’ union is mulling its legal options now that the School Reform Commisson has taken the unprecedented step of overriding the union’s contractual seniority protections.

08/16/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Sources Scrambling To Find Funding So Philadelphia Schools Can Avert Doomsday Budget

Even if the district realizes all the new revenue the city has promised, it is still hundreds of millions of dollars short.

06/27/2013

(Philadelphia councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Debate Whether Phila. School Board Should Be Returned to Local Control

State officials took control of the district and established the School Reform Commission in 2001. Philadelphia lawmakers say the SRC’s performance has been dismal.

06/03/2013

(credit: Cherri Gregg/KYW)

State Lawmaker Wants To Help Philadelphia School District Budget By Tracking Down Tax Deatbeats

State Senator Mike Stack says the bill could help free up a total of $400 million in combined delinquent property, business and wage, but even if it passes, it could take a while before the schools feel relief.

05/28/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Reform Commission Votes To Close Imani Charter School

Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night on whether or not to renew six charter schools. Imani Charter didn’t make the cut and will be fighting to stay alive.

05/16/2013

(Students and parents demonstrate at a meeting of the School Reform Commission.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Board Votes To Shut Down M.H. Stanton Elementary School

The SRC had already decided to close 23 schools, and Stanton principal Arthurea Smith pleaded with the panel not to make hers number 24.

04/19/2013

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