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(Students form a "human chain" across the entrance of Carroll High School.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Students Form Human Chain To Protest Planned Closure Of Their School

Students at Carroll High School, in the city’s Port Richmond neighborhood, formed a human chain today across the front of their building, to protest the district’s plan to permanently close their school and 28 others.

02/28/2013

(NAACP Philadelphia chapter president Jerome Mondesire.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Community Activists Demand Nutter Delay Philadelphia School Closures

Local NAACP president Jerry Mondesire says repeated attempts to contact the mayor have been met with silence.

02/27/2013

(A member of PCAPS shows a copy of the valentine being delivered to members of the SRC.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Love of Schools, Love of Kids Prompts Valentine Delivery to Phila. School Officials

Opponents of the Philadelphia School District’s plan to close 37 more public schools at the end of this school year delivered a special Valentine’s Day message to the School Reform Commission.

02/14/2013

(New SRC board member Sylvia Simms, third from right, at an event with Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, center.  Photo provided)

Community Leader Sylvia Simms Named to Philadelphia School Reform Commission

Sylvia Simms, 52, of North Philadelphia, is a former district bus attendant and the founder of the group “Parent Power.”

01/29/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Decision Expected Soon On Which City Schools Will Permanently Close

Superintendent William Hite says he’ll be ready to announce late next week which of about 40 Philadelphia public school buildings are on the list to close for good.

12/05/2012

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Deadline For Philadelphia Public School Student Transfers is Friday

Complicating the matter is that the district hasn’t yet named the dozens of schools it may be permanently closing next year.

11/28/2012

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, left, and School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos testified Monday before City Council on the school district's downsizing plan.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia School Officials Hear Objections To District’s Downsizing Plan

The hearing lasted hours and was dominated by school parents and other advocates who object to the closure process.

11/26/2012

(Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite addresses a public meeting about school building closures.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Gathering Public Views on School Shutdown Criteria

The School District of Philadelphia has launched a series of public meetings as it explores permanently closing dozens of school buildings.

09/25/2012

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SRC Approves 5-Year Contract For New Superintendent

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission approved a five-year contract for its new superintendent, Dr. William Hite, who officially takes over on October 1st.

07/25/2012

(Credit: Philadelphia School District)

New Schools Superintendent Working On Transition To Philadelphia

The start date for Philadelphia’s new schools superintendent Dr. William Hite could be announced soon.

07/12/2012

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Hite Seen As Next Philadelphia School Superintendent As Martinez Drops Out

It looks like the short list for Philadelphia’s next schools superintendent just got a little shorter.

06/29/2012

(SRC chair Pedro Ramos, in file photo.)

Philadelphia School District Says It Has No Funding Plan ‘B’ On Tap

The School Reform Commission publicly has no “plan B” now that Philadelphia City Council has decided to cut by more than half the amount of new money going to the school district.

06/15/2012

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Philadelphia School District Laying Off Hundreds More

Pink slips are going out later this week for 270+ non-teaching personnel.

06/06/2012

(Audenried High School.  Credit: Harvey Finkle, Philadelphia Public School Notebook, thenotebook.org)

Rent-Free Ride Ending For Kenny Gamble’s Charter School Company

School district officials say Universal Companies will begin paying some operating costs next year at Audenried High School and Vare Middle School, after paying nothing this year.

06/06/2012

(Pennsylvania state representatives Mike O'Brien and Rosita Youngblood.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Two Pa. Lawmakers Propose Diverting Some Gambling Taxes For Philadelphia Schools

Pennsylvania state representatives Mike O’Brien and Rosita Youngblood have a “Plan B” to Mayor Nutter’s property tax changes.

05/30/2012

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