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(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

School Reform Commission Has New Chairman

Pedro Ramos, a former Philadelphia school board president and city managing director, was confirmed Monday as new chairman of the SRC.


(City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.)

City Council Wants Its Own Hearing On School Closing Proposal

The Philadelphia School District’s decision to close as many as nine schools is prompting City Council to schedule its own inquiry.


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Philadelphia City Council To Hold Hearings On School Closures

The Philadelphia School District’s decision to close as many as nine schools is prompting City Council to schedule its own inquiry.


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Third Commissioner Resigns From The School Reform Commission

Turbulent times continue for Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission, with the resignation of yet another member.


(Credit: Martin Regusters)

Mayor Nutter Names Novelist Lorene Cary To School Reform Commission

Cary’s novel, “The Price of a Child,” was the first “One Book, One Philadelphia” pick in 2003, and she founded Art Sanctuary 13 years ago.



SRC Signs Ackerman’s $905,000 Severance Check, Taxpayers Front The Bill

The School Reform Commission has decided to sign former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s severance check.


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School Reform Commission OK’s $900K Buyout For Ex-Superintendent Ackerman

Without comment, the School Reform Commission has unanimously okayed the 900-thousand dolalr buyout for ex-superintendent Arlene Ackerman.


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Philadelphia School District Says It Won’t Impose Terms On Unions Just Yet

Thursday was the Philadelphia School District’s deadline for its unions to make concessions. But the district says it’s going to let that deadline slip for now.


(Schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, at today's meeting of the School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Arlene Ackerman Says She’s Not Trying To Bail Out

Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman calls “false” reports that she is negotiating with the School Reform Commission to buy out the remaining three years of her contract.



Pa. Supreme Court Will Likely Enter Teachers Union, School District Layoff Dispute

In the ongoing legal battle over layoffs between the teachers union and Philadelphia school district, it appears likely that the State Supreme court will take up the case



Teachers Union Rallies Outside Philadelphia School District Headquarters

On the eve of a court hearing to determine the fate of thousands of Philadelphia school teachers who have been laid off, hundreds of teachers and their supporters rallied outside the Philadelphia School District headquarters on North Broad Street this afternoon.


School Reform Commission (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Holds Meeting To Discuss Budget Shortfalls

Another School Reform Commisison meeting Wednesday, another parade of community members pleading with school officials not to slash programs.


Two Central Students Demonstrate Stacking Skills

Some of the world’s fastest cup stackers are right here in Philadelphia. What’s cup stacking? It’s a growing sport, as school officials found out this week.