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Principal Saliyah Cruz leaving the LINC for job in Baltimore

By Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 17, 2014 11:29 PM

After spending the better part of six months designing a brand new high school – meant to be a model for transforming the educational experience for ordinary students – Saliyah Cruz disclosed abruptly this week that she will be leaving to take a new job

Pa. audit expanded to review former education secretary

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Sep 17, 2014 06:19 PM

An ongoing audit of Pennsylvania's Department of Education will now also look into certain employees, including Ron Tomalis, the former secretary and special adviser to the governor who resigned under a cloud of criticism in August.

Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the state's top fiscal watchdog, said Wednesday that the in-progress audit would review special advisers, contractors, and short-term employees.

Penn donates computers to Robeson High

By Payne Schroeder on Sep 17, 2014 02:54 PM

Several students and faculty members from Paul Robeson High School traveled to the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday to pick up a much-needed donation of computer equipment.

Penn donated about 90 computers to the West Philadelphia school, mostly Dells and a few Macs, as well as hard drives, monitors, and projectors. The new equipment will replace the school’s older fleet of computers, which are running outdated versions of operating systems, like Windows XP, Windows 2000, or open-source freeware. 

Philly mayoral candidate wants to abolish SRC

By Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks on Sep 17, 2014 02:33 PM

Standing outside the headquarters of the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District, former city solicitor Ken Trujillo announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor — and that he wants to ax the School Reform Commission.

"We must end the state takeover of education in Philadelphia," Trujillo said. "It's time for the SRC to go!"

Pa. House's 'clean' cigarette-tax bill retains controversial charter element

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 16, 2014 03:15 PM

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives stripped contentious provisions from the Philadelphia cigarette-tax authorization bill in a rules committee meeting Tuesday, paving the way for a full chamber vote.

House leadership says that could occur either Wednesday or Monday.

The Philadelphia School District is counting on revenue from the $2-per-pack, city-only cigarette tax to begin flowing in the next few weeks to prevent more than 1,000 layoffs.

New online resource center aims to fill STEM mentorship gap

By Elana Gordon for NewsWorks on Sep 16, 2014 11:58 AM

Leaders across Philadelphia's public and private sectors have been scratching their heads over how to bring more low-income, female and minority students into the STEM careers -- science, technology, engineering, and math.

Hoping to expand access to these careers through a citywide mentoring initiative, Mayor Nutter announced the launch of a new online resource center and declared Monday to be "STEM Mentoring Day."

As summer ends, promising start in push to curb learning loss

By Dorian Geiger on Sep 15, 2014 04:47 PM

Christopher Gale, a counselor at the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club, had an ambitious goal this summer: Immerse his campers in 30 minutes of structured reading time every day.

He was motivated by the phenomenon known as summer learning loss, or summer slide, that is contributing to low literacy rates among Philadelphia’s children. 

Gale recently learned that when children aren’t engaged in some form of academic enrichment over the summer months, they lose months of knowledge and fall behind when they return to classes in the fall.

PCAPS protest targets Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office

By thenotebook on Sep 15, 2014 04:19 PM

Culminating a week of daily protests, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) held a rally Friday afternoon outside Gov. Corbett's office on South Broad Street to bring attention to the "brutal cuts" in state education funding that have hit Philadelphia for the last few years.

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