School District of Philadelphia

(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

(credit: Cheney University)

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

(Photos provided by Pa. attorney general)

2 More Philadelphia School Principals Charged in Test Cheating Scandal

Barbara McCreery, the former principal at Communications Technology High School, and Arthur Melton, the former principal at the now-closed Bok High School, are being charged with cheating on the high-stakes PSSA exams.

09/25/2014

Palmer Charter School attorney Robert Gamburg shows a blowup of a letter he introduced during the court proceeding.  School founder Walter Palmer stands behind him, in center of photo.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Judge Nixes Emergency Funds For Charter School Tussling With School District

The judge called the lawsuit by the Walter D. Palmer Charter School a “travesty,” adding it would be “irresponsible” for the school to pursue the case further.

09/24/2014

(Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signs legislation authorizing a $2-per-pack city tax on cigarettes, to benefit Philadelphia schools.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For Philadelphia

The $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city’s struggling school district.

09/24/2014

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