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

Superintendent Hite Requests $320-Million For His Ambitious Education Plan

Superintendent William Hite says Philadelphia schools need 320-million dollars more next year, to get his ambitious action plan rolling.

02/20/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. School Reform Commission Gets New Chair, New Member

Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.

02/18/2014

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

No Additional Philly Public Schools Set For Closure Before June 2015

After watching the district close 32 school buildings over the last two years, school advocates were bracing for even more this year. But schools superintendent William Hite says he’s not planning any.

01/10/2014

(Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Mondesire announces the essay contest.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Two Phila. Groups Sponsoring Black History Month Student Essay Contest

The Philadelphia branch of the NAACP and the antiviolence initiave “Hands Across Philadelphia” are teaming up with the Philadelphia school district to launch a new essay contest focused on black history.

01/09/2014

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.

12/31/2013

(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.”

10/21/2013

(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,

10/18/2013

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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.

10/04/2013

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.

09/18/2013

(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.

09/09/2013

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.

08/24/2013

(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.

08/16/2013

(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.

08/15/2013

(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.

08/13/2013

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