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The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.
The School Reform Commission is pledging to approve key school district hires in public, after failing to do so for years.
Sophomore Nadia Watson says her lunch at Kensington Business High School was not only unappealing — it was unrecognizable. “We had to ask them what it was.”
A press release says Ramos, who has served two years as chairman of the SRC, resigned “to attend to recent, unexpected news within his family.”
The artworks, taken from schools including Wilson Middle School, include paintings by noted artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.
With the start of school a little more than two weeks away, the Philadelphia School District is restoring some laid-off staffers with the money it has available.
Teachers and parents booed throughout the meeting as the School Reform Commission set aside union seniority rules, and stopped union pay increases based on service time.
School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.
Parents and activists staged a demonstration outside a Philadelphia charter school and a high school slated to close because of budget woes.
Previously, the SRC would have to approve donations over $5,000, which created bureaucratic obstacles. Now, that figure has been bumped up to $20,000 in an effort to get more money into schools.
Eyewitness News spoke with Governor Tom Corbett after he attended a scheduled event in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County.
Thursday night’s passage of a so-called “doomsday” budget for Philadelphia schools isn’t likely to shake loose more money from the Republican-controlled state legislature in Harrisburg.
If a $300 million dollar budget gap isn’t filled, the district plans to eliminate counselors, art, music and other school activities.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
The Philadelphia School Board held a special hearing at their North Broad Street headquarters on Monday night, to take public comment on the proposed closure of Dimner Beeber Middle School and M. H. Stanton Elementary School.