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School District of Philadelphia

(A docent instructs Philadelphia students using part of the Barnes Foundation's extraordinary collection.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Drug Firm Glaxo Underwrites Art Training Programs For Phila. Schoolkids

Thousands of economically disadvantaged Philadelphia students will be able to explore and develop an appreciation for art at the Barnes Foundation, thanks to an endowment gift from the global pharmacuetical giant.

20 hours ago

(Masterman High School.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia’s Masterman Ranked Again as #1 High School in Pennsylvania

Masterman High School, at 17th and Spring Garden Streets, is again the top high school in Pennsylvania, according to US News and World Report’s annual list.

22 hours ago

Community leaders like Councilman Kenyatta Johnson were there showing support, and vowing to help change the culture at the school. (photo by Justin Udo)

Community Comes Together To Stop Violence At Bartram High School

Philadelphia School District officials, parents and local leaders sat down to discuss what they can do to get the school on the right track.

04/10/2014

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School District Launches Major Effort To Stop Recent Violence At Bartram High School

The community meeting at Bartram High School starts Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.

04/10/2014

City Controller Alan Butkovitz (L) is questioned by Councilman David Oh (R) during a budget hearing. (credit: City of Philadelphia)

City Controller Faults Secrecy Amid School District’s Financial Mess

Philadelphia’s Controller, Alan Butkovitz, says a culture of secrecy pervades the School District, making it difficult for anyone to get to the root of the district’s massive deficits.

04/08/2014

(photo by Mike DeNardo)

City’s New “Portfolio Model” Of School Governance Comes In For Harsh Criticism

Philadelphia’s new “portfolio model” of school governance came in for some harsh criticism at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

04/05/2014

(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

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Parents To Decide If Two Under-Performing Schools Will Be Turned Over To Charter Operators

Parents will decide whether two elementary schools — Munoz Marin and Edward Steel — should become Renaissance Charters or remain district-run.

04/02/2014

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Shortfall in Philadelphia School District Lump Sum Budget

KYW’s Pat Loeb reports the School Reform Commission adopted a lump sum budget statement for next year with a $320 million dollar hole in it.

03/27/2014

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Police Investigate Alleged Assault inside Philadelphia Classroom

According to eyewitnesses, it all began with an argument between students.

03/26/2014

PLEASE PASS THE ZITI.  Students at the Ziegler Elementary School -- one dressed in a chef's jacket -- get lunch provided by Marc Vetri.   Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Chef Marc Vetri Wants To Bring Family-Style Dining To All Phila. Public Schools

The School District of Philadelphia is partnering with celebrity chef Mark Vetri with the aim of bringing healthy meals and a family-style meal setting to students in every Philadelphia public school.

03/26/2014

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Six Students Arrested After Melée at Bartram High School

One school police officer suffered minor injuries and a student was scratched in the face when the huge fight erupted.

03/26/2014

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

School District of Philadelphia Scraps Teacher Seniority Rules

If the School District of Philadelphia has its way, seniority won’t play as big a role in filling classrooms next year.

03/25/2014

(photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Announces Plans To Suspend Teacher Seniority Rules For Next Year

Superintendent William Hite says under his plan, a committee of a school’s principal, teachers and a parent will determine teacher staffing at each school.

03/24/2014

(Students from Mastery Charter Schools get cartons of baseball equipment from a "Pitch In For Baseball" rep at school district headquarters.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Play Ball!   Philly Schools Get Donations of Baseball Equipment

“Bats, balls, uniforms, gloves, cleats, socks, helmets, catching gear, masks, shin guards, chest protectors, balls — everything,” an official from Pitch In For Baseball tells KYW Newsradio.

03/24/2014

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