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School District of Philadelphia

(School Reform Commission chair Bill Green describes the dire state of Philadelphia schools funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Pleads For Adequate City and State Funding

Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.

06/17/2014

(University City High  School, in file photo)

Sale of University City High School To Drexel U. is Completed

Drexel paid $25 million for the school building, which the district closed last June.

06/16/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. Tax Credits Underwrite Tuition Donations For Phila. K-8 Students

The money comes from a group called the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia — from businesses who get Pennsylvania corporate tax credits for contributing.

06/16/2014

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite discusses the CHOP PolicyLab report during a presentation at school district headquarters.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Report: One in 5 Phila. Students Familiar With Welfare or Juvie

The report, by the Policy Lab at Children’s Hospital, says 17 percent of Philadelphia school students have been involved with DHS or the juvenile justice system, and 20 percent of those in high schools.

06/14/2014

(File photo of University City High School, now closed.)

Sale of University City High School Expected to be Finalized Monday

The School District of Philadelphia’s plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month’s end.

06/12/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City Schools

But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.

06/11/2014

(Photo provided by Dell Music Center)

Dell East Hosting First Dramatic Stage Play, A ‘Historical’ Civil Rights Dialogue

School District of Philadelphia to host its first dramatic stage play ever.

The play, presented Saturday at 8pm, is a fictional account of a meeting between civil rights leaders Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

06/06/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke confers with school advocates outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Council President Faults Phila. School District For Current Budget Gap

City Council president Darrell Clarke says the school district’s immediate need for $35 million by month’s end is a “self-inflicted wound” because the district, in his view, dragged its feet on selling old, shuttered buildings.

06/05/2014

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski, left,  and superintendent William Hite, testifying before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

$120M Relief For Philadelphia’s Schools Moves Forward in City Council

Even so, the proposed legislation does not fully meet the district’s needs for the coming year.

06/04/2014

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

Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off Falters

At a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.

06/04/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Clarke Heads To Harrisburg To Push For School Funding

Council President Clarke wants to revise the state’s plan for city sales tax revenues so that over four years, the proceeds are split between the schools and the city pension fund. He and the mayor also want approval for a city tax on cigarettes.

06/03/2014

Rather than slash staff and services, the School Reform Commission refuses to adopt a balanced budget on time. (credit: Mike Denardo/KYW)

SRC Defies City Charter, Refuses To Adopt Budget

The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.

05/29/2014

(The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Pa. High Court Says Phila. School District Off the Hook For Overenrolled Charter

It’s a victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the School District of Philadelphia in its dispute with the Walter D. Palmer Charter School.

05/28/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

(credit: CBS3)

First Grader Dies After Collapsing In Philadelphia Classroom

The incident happened around 2 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson School.

05/21/2014

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