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

SRC Scheduled To Make Announcement Friday About Future Of Cash-Strapped School District

The School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite are scheduled to make an announcement Friday about the future of the cash-strapped school district.


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

If No Cigarette Tax By Aug. 15, Phila. School District Says Layoffs Will Begin

Philadelphia’s schools superintendent says if the state legislature doesn’t authorize a cigarette tax by the middle of next month, he’ll begin sending out pink slips.


Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite hands out Free Library cards to students at Blaine Elementary. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Children In Philadelphia School District Get Their Very Own Free Library Cards

Thousands of Philadelphia school kids will begin getting city library cards, starting Wednesday.


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

Philadelphia School District Announces Plans To Suspend Teacher Seniority Rules For Next Year

Superintendent William Hite says under his plan, a committee of a school’s principal, teachers and a parent will determine teacher staffing at each school.


In file photo: SRC Chariman Bill Green (credit: CBS3)

SRC Chair Doubtful Superintendent Will Get All Money Requested To Improve Philly Schools

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite put a $320 million price tag on his action plan. But new SRC chair Bill Green said the district shouldn’t count on getting that much money from the city and state.


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Superintendent Hite Introduces New Action Plan To Turn Around Philadelphia Public Schools

For Dr. William Hite, the goals are researched, proven and interconnected, at the top 100 percent college or career readiness.


Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Superintendent Releases New Plan To Improve Philly Schools

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite has released this year’s version of his blueprint to improve city schools.


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

3 Philadelphia Principals Fired In Test Cheating Scandal

Principals Deidre Bennett, who had been at Huey Elementary, Michelle Burns formerly of Tilden Middle, and Marla Travis-Curtis, the principal at Lamberton Elementary, were fired.


(The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, at Friday's meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

With Founder On Trial For Fraud, 2 Charter Renewals Denied By SRC

The School Reform Commission last night failed to renew the charters of two schools founded by a woman who is on trial on fraud charges.


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Philadelphia Parents Take Budget Crisis Concerns To SRC

While teachers and activists marched, Philadelphia parents last night took their concerns over the budget crisis to the School Reform Commission.


(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.


(Dr. William Hite, in file photo.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Superintendent Hite Seeks To Suspend Seniority

The leader of the city’s struggling school system wants to suspend rules that require laid-off workers to be rehired based on seniority, a move the teachers union said it would fight.


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

Millions Added For Philadelphia Schools As State Finalizes Budget

In a brief afternoon session Monday, the state house wrapped up the budget by approving what’s called the fiscal code. Wrapped up in that code is a one-time, $45 million for Philadelphia schools.


(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Pa. House Approves Fiscal Code, Finishes Work On State Budget

By Mike DeNardo HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – Lawmakers in Harrisburg have finally finished their work on the state budget. And that puts one more piece of Philadelphia’s school funding puzzle is in place. In a […]


Superintendent William Hite at a City Council hearing on his school closure plan. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Hite Talks Contract Issues Over Teacher Pay And Water Fountains In Philadelphia Public Schools

Philadelphia’s schools chief wants to clear up some misconceptions teachers may have, after the district’s opening contract proposal to the teachers union leaked out this week.




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