School District of Philadelphia

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pa. House Approves Legislaton That Would Strengthen Charter Schools Statewide

Under the Republican-backed update to the current law, now nearly two decades old, charter schools would get their funding directly from the state, rather than having money pass through local school districts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/07/2015

(The "Parent and Family Portal" on the School District of Philadelphia web site.)

Phila. School District Moves Its Entire School Selection Process Online

“By automating the process, getting it online, we’re really very much attempting to provide much better customer service to our parents,” says Karyn Lynch, the school district’s chief of student services.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/06/2015

School Closings

Philadelphia Public And Archdiocesan Schools Closed Friday

All School District of Philadelphia schools and Archdiocesan high schools and Catholic elementary schools in the city are closed on Friday.

03/05/2015

(Mayor Nutter delivers his budget address to City Council.  Photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Nutter’s Proposed Budget Gets Tepid Reception Among Philadelphia Lawmakers

Nutter delivered his final budget to City Council by asking the lawmakers to hike property taxes 9.3 percent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/05/2015

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

All Eyes On Phila. School District As Battle Over More Charter Schools Gets A Vote Tonight

The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(S. Weir Mitchell School, Philadelphia.  Public domain file photo by Smallbones)

Police: 4 Students Get Hospital Check After One Brought Bag Of Crack Cocaine To SW Phila. School

A Philadelphia school district spokesman says one student brought a substance which could possibly have been crack cocaine into the Mitchell Elementary School, 5500 Kingsessing Avenue.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/05/2015

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Group Offering Up To $35 Million To Clear A Path For New Charter Schools In Philadelphia

An influential group is offering some big cash, to make it easier for the Philadelphia School District to approve applications for new charter schools.

02/04/2015

(The Philadelphia School District's web site features a section for prospective teachers and principals.  Graphic: Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia School District Seeking Hundreds of Teachers For Next School Year

The school district is offering a starting salary of $45,360 for applicants with no experience, and more for those with experience.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/02/2015

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

A Philadelphia Charter School Helping Its Students Navigate High School Choices

Justin Hall, director of student services at the K-8 Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School, says the students are exposed to an array of high school options.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/28/2015

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

New Safe Driving Program for Philadelphia Schools Gets Thumbs-Up From Students

The production is called Cinema Drive. It uses 3D video and interactive questions to teach teens the dangers they will face behind the wheel.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/28/2015

(credit: CBS 3)

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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