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Philadelphia Teachers’ Union Wins a Round in Court Over Imposed Employment Terms

In a major victory for the Philadelphia public schoolteachers’ union, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that the School Reform Commission cannot cancel the teachers’ contract.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

(Sultan Ashley speaks with reporters after meeting with Philadelphia school district officials at school headquarters.   Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Staffers at Defunct Phila. Charter School Appeal to School District for Back Pay

“People are losing their homes, they’re losing their vehicles, they’re not able to take care of their children,” says former Palmer staffer Sultan Ashley. “They don’t have medical coverage.”

01/12/2015

(An unidentified woman visits the Philadelphia school district's Office of Student Enrollment and Placement.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Helps Students of Shuttered Charter School Find New Spots

With the charter school’s closing, parents such as Elaine Williams of North Philadelphia turned out at school district headquarters to find a new school for her second-grader.

12/31/2014

(US labor secretary Thomas Perez tours the Urban Technology Project at Philadelphia school headquarters.   Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Apprenticeship Program Serves as Backdrop For $100M US Labor Dept. Announcement

Apprentices in the Urban Technology Project provide the School District of Philadelphia with IT troubleshooting and maintenance. Labor secretary Thomas Perez wants to expand high-tech apprenticeship programs nationwide.

12/11/2014

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

Commonwealth Court Reviews Legality Of Philadelphia School District’s Termination Of Teachers’ Contract

Attorneys for the Philadelphia School District have asked a Commonwealth Court panel to affirm the District’s authority to cancel its teachers contract.

12/11/2014

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School District Of Philadelphia Hosts Fair To Promote Historically Black Colleges

Hundreds of area students will flock to the School District of Philadelphia Wednesday for the regions only information fair for historically Black colleges and universities.

11/18/2014

(The Chester A. Arthur School, in South Philadelphia, is one of four Philadelphia public schools earmarked for a new academic approach.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Four Phila. Schools Will Get Academic Revamp Based on Advocates’ Plans

Four schools are to be revamped under the district’s “School Redesign Initiative,” which gives teachers, principals, and community groups the opportunity to suggest academic overhauls.

11/12/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Friends of Charter Schools Rally on North Broad Street

The rally highlighted a new Pennsylvania law that allows charter school operators a direct appeal if their application is turned down by the SRC.

11/11/2014

(Mayor Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Sees Hope For Phila. Schools in Wolf’s Election as Pa. Governor

The mayor believes Wolf’s election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

11/05/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Takes Dispute Over Teacher Health Premiums to a Higher Court

The district is appealing to Commonwealth Court, where it seeks a judgment on whether the School Reform Commission has the authority to cancel the PFT contract.

10/28/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Judge Puts Labor Contract Changes For Philadelphia Teachers On Hold

The judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.

10/20/2014

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

State Senator Wants to Give Pa. Governor Power to Abolish the SRC

Currently, the SRC must approve its own dissolution.

10/14/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

(Chief inspector Carl Holmes of the Philadelphia school police shows the secure drop-box in which students may drop weapons or drugs, no questions asked.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Drug and Weapon ‘Amnesty Boxes’ To Be Tested at 4 Philadelphia Public Schools

They look like library book drops. But they’re lined with Kevlar.

09/29/2014

(Masterman principal Jessica Brown.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

For Masterman School’s New Principal, It’s Back to the Future

The new principal at Masterman, a magnet school (grades 5-12) in Philadelphia, is no stranger to the place: she was once a student there.

09/27/2014

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