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Protesting classroom cuts, 100 students march to District headquarters

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 8, 2015 04:03 PM

More than 100 Philadelphia School District high school students cut classes Thursday morning to protest a lack of resources in their classrooms.

Students first took to the streets outside of their respective schools – mainly the city’s magnet options – in an attempt to convince classmates to join them.

A citizen's guide to choosing a school for your child

By Ken Hung on Oct 8, 2015 02:46 PM

As the father of a kindergartner now attending a Philadelphia school, I’ve been following the recent flap over Philadelphia magazine’s photo for its October cover story, “A City Parent’s Guide to Schools.” Although I agree it was insensitive for the editors to put a group of White children on the cover of an issue focusing on the education of all of Philadelphia’s children, I wonder whether critics of the blunder did not go far enough.

As I read through the issue, I was troubled that the guide, though well- intended, seemed to be written with the idea that a parent is first and foremost an investor, someone who shops around for the right school as if picking a stock. I find this to be a little simplistic. After all, choosing a school for your child is not the same thing as buying shares in a company that may yield dividends – like a spot in the best high school or college – further down the road.

District facing cash-flow problems without state funds

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Oct 8, 2015 12:04 PM

The School District of Philadelphia is anticipating a cash crunch in just a few weeks. 

The problem is the budget stalemate in Harrisburg.

A daunting journey, but profoundly rewarding


Bill Hangley Jr.

on Oct 8, 2015 11:10 AM

Parents of struggling readers come from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common.

That moment when they realized that something wasn’t quite right.

“He just wasn’t getting it – and I couldn’t figure out why,” said Erica Fields, a mental health caseworker from West Philadelphia.

All in – to support young readers


Dale Mezzacappa

on Oct 8, 2015 11:08 AM

Philadelphia has embarked on an ambitious campaign, called READ! by 4th, to ensure that all city students are able to read by the time they enter 4th grade, which numerous studies have shown is a make-or-break point for future success.

Students who reach this benchmark are more likely to do well in school and graduate. Students who don’t are more likely to tune out and drop out.

In this edition, we look at teaching reading in schools and at home and highlight where families can find resources.

School district, City Council reach deal on financial transparency

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Oct 7, 2015 05:38 PM
rnmental cooperation agreement. 

The pact, which guarantees financial transparency on the part of the District, means City Council will soon deliver promised dollars.

Parents at Cooke Elementary push back against charter conversion

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 7, 2015 04:57 PM

It began with a whimper, and ended with a bang.

On Tuesday evening, the Philadelphia School District hosted its first parent engagement meeting on its plan to convert Jay Cooke Elementary School in Logan into a neighborhood-based charter.

Parents react to news of Wister's planned charter conversion

By Connie Langland on Oct 6, 2015 05:18 PM

Parents from John Wister Elementary School have mixed opinions about the prospect of big changes at the school, but several who were interviewed agreed on a key point: Wister is a fixture in the Germantown neighborhood and should remain open.

On Thursday, Superintendent William Hite proposed closing some schools, creating others, and turning three elementary schools -- Wister, Jay Cooke in Logan and Samuel Huey in West Philadelphia -- over to charter management. Decisions about which operators will take over the schools, the District says, will be made after a lengthy process involving community meetings and extensive parental input.

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