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Philadelphia School District Backs Off Special Treatment For ‘Promise Academy’ Teachers

It’s a win for the teachers’ union, who said all along that their contract called for layoffs by seniority and that no group of teachers should be bypassed.


File photo: Pennsylvania state senator Anthony Williams.  (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Ackerman’s Absence From SRC Meeting Raises Questions About Her Future

Where was Superintendent Arlene Ackerman? She was not at Wednesday’s School Reform Commission meeting, amid reports that the SRC wants her out.


(L-R: Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, SRC members Robert Archie and Johnny Irizarry, and SRC attorney Miles Shore.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Cuts $18M From ‘Promise Academies,’ Ackerman’s Future Unclear

Amid rumors swirling about the future of Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman, her administration has announced deep cuts in one of her signature programs.


(Credit: Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio)

Philadelphia School District, Union Reach Agreement To Move Forward With Layoffs

The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers have reached an agreement which allows the District to proceed with its reduction in teachers.


(Ralph Teti, attorney for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Teachers’ Layoff Dispute Will Go To Arbitrator

The Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers have agreed to go to arbitration to settle their dispute over nearly 350 teachers listed for layoffs.



Pa. Supreme Court Will Likely Enter Teachers Union, School District Layoff Dispute

In the ongoing legal battle over layoffs between the teachers union and Philadelphia school district, it appears likely that the State Supreme court will take up the case


(Credit: Mike DeNardo)

State Senator Unveils Plan For Failing Pennsylvania Schools

State Senator Vincent Hughes’ so-called “Victory Academy” plan is similar to what Philadelphia is doing with its “Promise Academies.”


(File photo / Credit: Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio)

City’s Struggling Schools Showing Some Promise

Early indiciations show last year’s worst-performing Philadelphia schools are performing better this year.