In a shocking move, Governor Wolf has replaced Bill Green as chair of the School Reform Commission.
Mayor Nutter presents his eighth and final budget one week from Thursday — and the key questions are whether and how he will respond to the latest hat-in-hand request from the School District.
Group Advocating For More Philly Charter Schools Responds To Decision To Approve 5 Of 39 New Charters
The Hoboken-based Choice Media, Inc. is returning to the Philadelphia television airwaves in the next week or so, depicting parents whose children were shut out of fully-enrolled charters.
The meeting was frequently disrupted by protesters as the School Reform Commission granted conditional charters to five schools.
The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.
A roundtable discussion was held Thursday to call for the School Reform Commission to approve more charter schools.
After a year of slashing activities, counselors and nurses, the School Reform Commission defied the city charter in May by refusing to approve a budget that would require even more spending cuts.
Teachers, joined by parents and students, gathered outside Philadelphia school district headquarters in Spring Garden.
City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local Control
If at first you don’t succeed…City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.
Upwards of 200 students stood outside the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts in a spirited protest and symbolic ‘strike’ on Wednesday morning.
In a statement, Pritchett said SRC in recent years has been considering a set of options, “all bad,” and he said this is no way to run a high-performing school system.
The SRC won’t adopt a budget for next school year until it has secured adequate funding for Philadelphia schools on both the local and state level.
The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.
On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.
Working Families Organization would have to gather 20,000 petition signatures, but Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says it would send a strong message.