School District of Philadelphia

(The Basic Education Funding Commission, meeting in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Suggested Overhaul to Pa. School Funding Formula Made Public

A commission empaneled to examine a potential overhaul Pennsylvania’s public school funding formula has revealed its long-awaited recommendations.

06/18/2015

(Some parents came equipped with a fan for graduation ceremonies in the non-air-conditioned auditorium at Masterman School.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Schools Dismiss Early Again Due To Heat; Some Persevere For Graduations

The nine city public schools with graduation ceremonies planned for today had the option of remaining open past noon for the ceremonies.

06/16/2015

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

All School District Of Philadelphia Schools To Dismiss At Noon On Tuesday Due To Heat

Due to the high temperatures forecasted for tomorrow, all School District of Philadelphia Schools will dismiss early at 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 16.

06/15/2015

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Dismiss At Noon Due To Heat

The Philadelphia School District has announced that all of its schools will be closing early on Friday.

06/12/2015

School Superintendent William Hite, SRC member Bill Green and SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff waited as City Council prepared to vote on additional school funding. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Okays School Bailout, But With $25-Million Catch

City Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school district bailout that falls short of what school officials wanted.

06/10/2015

PFT president Jerry Jordan addresses reporters during briefing at PFT headquarters in Center City. (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Objects To Outsourcing Substitute Teachers, School Nurses

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is griping about what is says are the School District’s plans to privatize school employees – substitute teachers and nurses.

06/10/2015

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Fire Forces Evacuations at Ben Franklin High School

The fire reportedly started around 10am at the school near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.

06/08/2015

(Cherri Gregg interviews  Jahnira Scere-Jones and her mother, Jovon Scere, in the office of deputy police commissioner Kevin Bethel.  Photo from CBS3)

Praise For New Diversionary Program for Phila. Schoolkids

In its first year, the program has cut the number of child arrests in half. Jovon Scere is grateful for how the program helped her daughter, Jahnira Scere-Jones.

06/04/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.

06/04/2015

(Joe Willams runs the welding program at A. Philip Randolph Technical High School, on Henry Avenue.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Joe Williams, Passing Along The Worthy Art of Commercial Welding

Master welder Joe Williams spent decades in construction. Eventually he decided he it was time to do something more.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/25/2015

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Also on Philadelphia Ballots: Several Charter Change Questions

Voters are being asked to approve commissions for women and universal pre-kindergarten, a rule promoting multi-language access to city services, and a referendum on school district governance.

05/19/2015

(A school lunch.  File photo by Beau Wade.)

Food Workers at Phila. Schools Get New, Retroactive Contract

Cafeteria workers and noontime aides at Philadelphia public school have agreed to a new contract that calls for wage increases and work rule changes.

05/18/2015

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

Phila. School District Considers Privatizing School Nurses

Schools superintendent Wiliam Hite says the cash-strapped school district is simply exploring ways to expand student health services without spending more money.

05/14/2015

(Nutter meets with principal Dana Jenkins, second from right, and parents at Roxborough High.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Mayor Nutter Visits City Schools To Highlight Importance of Education Funding

Nutter has begun a series of school visits he hopes will highlight the unique programs that would benefit from an increase in city and state funding.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/05/2015

(Bridesburg Elementary School.  School district photo)

Some Parents Still Upset With Revised Registration List at Bridesburg Elementary

A change in kindergarten registration procedures at a Philadelphia public elementary school has drawn the expected protest by some parents whose kids were accepted, then rejected, for admission next year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/01/2015

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