Pa. Municipal Officials, Visiting Philadelphia, Lend a Neighborly HandGrassroots politicians from all across Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia for the annual Pennsylvania Municipal League convention. While here, they helped
Sale of University City High School To Drexel U. is CompletedDrexel paid $25 million for the school building, which the district closed last June.
Sale of University City High School Expected to be Finalized MondayThe School District of Philadelphia's plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month's end.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City SchoolsBut the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.
Council President Faults Phila. School District For Current Budget GapCity Council president Darrell Clarke says the school district's immediate need for $35 million by month's end is a "self-inflicted wound" because the district, in his view, dragged its feet on selling old, shuttered buildings.
$120M Relief For Philadelphia's Schools Moves Forward in City CouncilEven so, the proposed legislation does not fully meet the district's needs for the coming year.
Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off FaltersAt a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.
Cole Hamels' Foundation Underwrites More Projects For Area SchoolsStudents at West Philadelphia High erupted in cheers as Heidi Hamels announced the $8,700 grant to their school, one of six new Hamels Foundation gifts -- totaling $51,000 -- to area schools.
Lawmakers Add a 'Plan B' To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.
Philly Schools Funding Proposal Causing Widespread ConsternationMayor Nutter says he's concerned that the proposed graduated split in sales tax proceeds would need approval from the state General Assembly.
'Compromise' School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City CouncilThe Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.
With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax AbatementsCity councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city's ten-year property tax abatement.
Phila. Lawmakers Hear Competing Views on School Budget OptionsTeachers' union president Jerry Jordan called on City Council to allocate all $120 million from a city sales tax extension to schools.
Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next YearThe district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that's far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.
Mayor Nutter Makes First Stop on Public Schools 'Listening Tour'His visit to George Washington High School, on Bustleton Avenue in the Northeast, was the first of four around the district.