School District of Philadelphia

(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

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

After A Summer Of Uncertainty, Philadelphia School Leaders Exhale Over Passage Of Cigarette Tax

Relief. That’s the reaction from Philadelphia school officials at word the Senate has passed the long-awaited cigarette tax.

09/23/2014

(City Council's Finance Committee meets on September 23, 2014.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Stopgap Borrowing For Phila. School District Moves Forward in City Council

A City Council committee has signed off on a measure to provide $30 million in temprary funding to the cash-starved Philadelphia school district.

09/23/2014

(Ken Trujillo.  Photo provided by Friends of Ken Trujillo)

Ken Trujillo Announces Run For Philadelphia Mayor

His top issue: returning the Philadelphia school district to local governance.

09/17/2014

(Young kids draw in Franklin Square.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Kids Help Grownups Make A Point About Preschools in Philadelphia

Kids sang and danced and drew pictures as the grownups pushed for funding for quality pre-kindergarten programs.

09/16/2014

(Tom Kline, attorney for the family of Christina Regusters' young victim, walks with the victim's mother outside the Criminal Justice Center following Regusters' conviction.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Kidnap Victim’s Family Presses Lawsuit Against Philadelphia School District

The family of the little girl who was abducted from her West Philadelphia kindergarten class continues to pursue legal action against the Philadelphia school district.

09/12/2014

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