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Schools Shifting From ‘Zero Tolerance’ Discipline Policies

Because rates of discipline have been disproportionally high for some racial groups, guidance from the US Dept. of Education and Justice is suggesting changes in ‘zero-tolerance’.

01/28/2014

(Eagles' cheerleaders perform at a pre-testing rally at Smedley School, in Frankford.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

With Balloons and Cheers, Philadelphia School Gets Kids Hyped For PSSA Testing

This was not your normal pep rally, not by a long shot.

04/09/2013

(School officials and advocates listen as Pa. Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., speaks about the Education Department complaint.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Group Files Discrimination Complaint Over Philadelphia Schools’ Downsizing

The Pennsylvania public school advocate group “Action United” filed the complaint after, the group said, its analysis of the plan showed that schools slated for closing disproportionately serve African-American, low income, and disabled students.

01/28/2013

(Members of the science department faculty at Springside Academy -- Dirk Parker, Carie Szalay, Marianne Maloy, and Ellen Kruger -- pose amid the school's second solar array installation.  Photo provided)

Schools in Radnor, Egg Harbor, and Chestnut Hill Win Environmentalism Awards

Three local schools have been named “Green Ribbon” schools by the US Department of Education, in a program that honors the best in environmental education and conservation.

04/23/2012

(credit:  david mcnew/Getty Images)

Leadership Void For Turnaround Schools

Central to the Obama administration’s $4 billion turnaround program to radically transform schools is the appointment of new principals, but that may be easier said than done.

02/22/2011

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (fifth from left) is joined by Comcast, city, school, and Temple University officials, and actor Tony Danza (seventh from left).

US Dept. of Education Hosts Teaching Discussion In North Philly

Recruiting new teachers was the focus of a town hall discussion on Monday that brought the US education secretary to Temple University.

10/25/2010