Superintendent William Hite has made it clear that he wants to target the most money he can to the neediest schools in the Philadelphia – those with very high poverty and low academic performance.
Doing this is crucial to improving achievement and giving underserved students better opportunities, Hite has said. Schools with the highest concentrations of poverty, he reiterates, need extra resources to overcome the toughest challenges.
Multiple Choices: How are charter schools funded? Notebook/NewsWorks
Schools set two budgets for two futures. Notebook
Q&A Series: Candidates on lowering city's poverty rate. The Next Mayor
Beyond Education Wars. NY Times
There's a general rule in Harrisburg: Republican leaders don't authorize more education spending without demanding stricter accountability measures.
Case in point: On the heels of Gov. Wolf's proposal to dramatically increase state aid for public schools, State Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) will soon introduce a plan to accelerate the transformation of chronic underperformers.
Philadelphia schools can bear no more cuts, said Superintendent William Hite earlier this week.
It's positive news, then, that the School District of Philadelphia projects to end the year with a small surplus and expects to gain sorely needed resources next year, should city and state proposals hold up, according to budget documents.
How much does Pa. spend on public schools, and how are costs shared? Notebook/NewsWorks
Philadelphia charter schools also feel education budget squeeze. Washington Post
DN Editorial: District distraction. Daily News
On May 19, Philadelphians will hit the polls to winnow the field of City Council at-large candidates. Out of 28 declared candidates, only seven will be elected in November (including at least two from a minority party). Each party can run five candidates in the general election. The Notebook reached out to the candidates, asking their opinions on the election's most gripping issue: education.
Where do candidates stand on the School Reform Commission's decision to approve five new charter school applications? Whose job is it to find more money for public schools, the city's or the District's? Absent an agreement with the teachers' union, do they think the SRC is right to pursue concessions through the courts? And finally, what ideas do they have for how the District can fix its financial problems?
Philadelphia teachers may have already cast their lot with Jim Kenney in this year's mayoral race, but they are having serious issues connecting with the candidate.
Not Jim Kenney, the man, actually, but his website.