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

2013 IN REVIEW: Philadelphia School Budget On The Ropes

The school district’s budget crisis cast a shadow over everything it did in 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.”


(Credit: Tim Jimenez)

Vigil Held For Girl With Asthma Who Died After Being Sent Home Sick

Dozens gathered for the vigil in front of the School District of Philadelphia headquarters Thursday night,


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Philadelphia Standardized Test Scores Declined Again in 2013

Districtwide, reading scores were down 2½ points, and math scores were down four points.


Superintendent William Hite talks with Safe Corridors volunteers at Ethel Allen Promise Academy (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Superintendent Hite Hits The Streets To Greet School Walk Volunteers

Amid concerns that students are walking unfamiliar routes to new schools, Philadelphia’s schools superintendent took to the streets.


(Philadelphia schools superintendent Dr. William Hite shares a morning snack and a moment with a student at Beeber Middle School.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Year Begins Amid Uncertainties

It’s day one of a year with unprecendented challenges.


Stigall Show Log 8.27.13

Chris dissects the battle between Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia teacher’s union, as well as the continued fallout from Miley Cyrus performance on MTV. He also talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine about her new book, The End of the Suburbs.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–08/27/2013

(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.


(Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers express their anger during Thursday night's School Reform Commission meeting.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philly School Board Staffing Moves Raise Ire of Teachers’ Union

The Philadelphia teachers’ union is mulling its legal options now that the School Reform Commisson has taken the unprecedented step of overriding the union’s contractual seniority protections.


(Mayor Nutter announces that the city will borrow $50 million so public schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter: City Will Borrow $50 Million So Schools Can Open On Time

Nutter said the city will borrow the money until the funding crisis can be resolved.


(Pennsylvania legislators and other officials ask Gov. Corbett to immediately release $45 million in state funds so Philadelphia schools can open on time.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Officials Want Corbett To Clear Emergency Money For Phila. Schools

State budget secretary Charles Zogby, in a statement, said concessions from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers must be negotiated before that cash is released.


(Credit: Philadelphia School District)

Hite Meets With Philadelphia Principals As District Waits For Money To Start School Year

Philadelphia school’s Superintendent William Hite addressed the 212 principals who gathered Monday morning for a leadership conference.


(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Philadelphia Officials Tussling Over Last $50 Million For School District

Mayor Michael Nutter is playing down a rift between himself and City Council president Darrell Clarke over the school funding crisis in the Philadelphia School District.


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

Philly Schools Chief: I Need $50M To Open Schools

The superintendent of Philadelphia’s troubled school system says he can’t open city schools next month without another $50 million in funding.


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

Phila. SRC Restores A Few Cut Items In Preparation For Start of School Year

Schools superintendent William Hite says he has identified $33 million that the district can spend now to restore itinerant music teachers, fall sports, and at least one secretary per school.