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FILE: Germantown High School

2013 IN REVIEW: District Closes 24 Philadelphia Public Schools

The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.

12/28/2013

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

Philadelphia School District Cites Computer Glitch For Employee Hires Without Public Disclosure

The School Reform Commission is pledging to approve key school district hires in public, after failing to do so for years.

12/21/2013

Nadia Watson addresses the School Reform Commission. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Public School Students Demand Better Lunches, More Say In Selection

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.”

11/22/2013

(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

Surprise Resignation: Pedro Ramos Leaving Phila. School Board

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.”

10/21/2013

(File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School District Won’t Sell Off Art Collection To Fund Operations

The artworks, taken from schools including Wilson Middle School, include paintings by noted artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.

10/18/2013

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

Some Laid-Off Staffers Being Brought Back To Philadelphia Schools

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.

08/24/2013

(credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

SRC Votes To Suspend School Code, Bypassing Union Seniority Rules

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.

08/15/2013

(Philadelphia School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Remain In Limbo Awaiting Harrisburg Action

School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.

07/02/2013

A protester vents her frustration with closing of Philadelphia public schools while many charter schools remain open. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Parents, Activists Take To Streets, Rallying Community To Save Schools

Parents and activists staged a demonstration outside a Philadelphia charter school and a high school slated to close because of budget woes.

06/20/2013

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SRC Votes To Revise Outdated School Donation Policy

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.

06/20/2013

(credit: CBS3)

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Corbett Speaks Out About Philadelphia School Budget Crisis

Eyewitness News spoke with Governor Tom Corbett after he attended a scheduled event in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County.

05/31/2013

FILE PHOTO: Students rally outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street to protest a plan to close down 29 Philadelphia schools. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia School Budget Austerity May Not Trigger Further Harrisburg Largesse

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.

05/31/2013

(credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

School Reform Commission Votes 4-1, Adopts Stripped Down Budget

If a $300 million dollar budget gap isn’t filled, the district plans to eliminate counselors, art, music and other school activities.

05/30/2013

(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.

04/29/2013

(credit: Dan Wing, CBS)

Philadelphia School Board Holds Special Meeting On School Closures

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.

04/08/2013

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