Phila. School Officials Begin Sifting 40 Applications For New Charter SchoolsThe avalanche of applications came when the school district ended a seven-year moratorium on new charters, as a condition of receiving funding from a new, $2-a-pack Philadelphia cigarette surtax.
Friends of Charter Schools Rally on North Broad StreetThe rally highlighted a new Pennsylvania law that allows charter school operators a direct appeal if their application is turned down by the SRC.
Nutter Sees Hope For Phila. Schools in Wolf's Election as Pa. GovernorThe mayor believes Wolf's election will boost the prospects for passage of dedicated, student-weighted state funding for all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Judge Puts Labor Contract Changes For Philadelphia Teachers On HoldThe judge granted a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT. Two weeks ago, the SRC announced it was going to begin requiring Philadelphia public school teachers to pay a contribution to their health insurance.
State Senator Wants to Give Pa. Governor Power to Abolish the SRCCurrently, the SRC must approve its own dissolution.
Teachers Protest Budget Cuts At Philadelphia Public Schools Members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers spent part of the morning rallying outside of public schools across the city.
Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia's School Funding Crisis"The school district is in a budget crisis ... because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented -- discriminatory," Michael Masch said.
Nutter Says Teachers' Contract Was Voided Because SRC Was 'Out of Options'"This is not the preferred route, but it is where we are," Nutter said today.
School Reform Commission Imposes New Terms on Philadelphia TeachersSchool Reform Commission chair Bill Green said the SRC is exercising its option to unilaterally modify its labor contract with the PFT.
For Masterman School's New Principal, It's Back to the FutureThe new principal at Masterman, a magnet school (grades 5-12) in Philadelphia, is no stranger to the place: she was once a student there.
Gov. Corbett Quickly Signs $2-Per-Pack Cigarette Surtax For PhiladelphiaThe $2 surtax will only be collected in Philadelphia, and the funds will go to the city's struggling school district.
Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OKCouncil today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.
Ken Trujillo Announces Run For Philadelphia MayorHis top issue: returning the Philadelphia school district to local governance.
Teachers' Union Boss Hits Sidewalk Outside Phila. School HQ To Hear Teacher IssuesWith the governor and the School Reform Commission calling on teachers to make concessions, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' president Jerry Jordan was hearing directly from members about their working conditions.
Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax LegislationAn amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.