School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia School District officials, parents and local leaders sat down to discuss what they can do to get the school on the right track.
The community meeting at Bartram High School starts Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
The school district last week asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to affirm its right to sidestep seniority rules.
Parents will decide whether two elementary schools — Munoz Marin and Edward Steel — should become Renaissance Charters or remain district-run.
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.
According to eyewitnesses, it all began with an argument between students.
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.
One school police officer suffered minor injuries and a student was scratched in the face when the huge fight erupted.
If the School District of Philadelphia has its way, seniority won’t play as big a role in filling classrooms 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.
“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.
Eighty-three percent of the principals’ union membership voted to accept the contract concessions that also require them to pay health care premiums.
A coaltion of organizations wants City Council to approve a one-percent sales tax extension and use all of the proceeds — about $120 million — for the Philadelphia schools.