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Kenney releases plan to raise $105M for schools, bolster pre-K offerings citywide

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Mar 30, 2015 04:58 PM

With a retired teacher at his side Monday in a University City pre-K, mayoral candidate Jim Kenney released an education-policy paper that aims to raise $105 million and fully fund early childhood education "for 3- and 4-year old Philadelphians in need."

Teachers' union canvasses for Kenney

By John Corrigan for NewsWorks on Mar 30, 2015 11:43 AM

The chants echoed outside the Philadelphia High School for Girls as about 50 teachers, students, and local community organizers rallied on a chilly Saturday morning in support of mayoral candidate Jim Kenney.

City Council candidates' views on education: Paul Steinke

By the Notebook on Mar 30, 2015 10:58 AM

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?

Wolf has a vision for ending SRC, not a blueprint

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 30, 2015 09:55 AM

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission is here to stay, at least for a little while longer.

Gov. Wolf campaigned on the idea that he'd like to replace the SRC with a locally elected body, but proponents of that plan shouldn't hold their breath.

District makes testing opt-out information more prominent

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 27, 2015 05:43 PM

School officials have responded to demands that they be more explicit in letting parents know that they have a right to opt out their children from taking standardized tests.

The steps are small, yet opt-out activists say that they are significant.

Philly ed tech

By

Eric Joselyn

on Mar 27, 2015 05:23 PM

Assistive technology is a needed tool in the city’s resource-starved schools

By

Maura McInerney

on Mar 27, 2015 12:01 PM

Imagine having no speech or hearing, only limited sight and no way of communicating with those around you. This was the isolated world of one of the Education Law Center’s clients, 9-year-old Billy (not his real name).

Billy is a child with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy, physical impairments, and an intellectual disability. His school days were long and lonely. Teachers and classmates did not understand or interact with him, and he could not communicate even his most basic needs.

What it takes to run the School District's IT department

By Marcus McMcarthy for Technically Philly on Mar 27, 2015 10:39 AM

There’s a lot of color in Scott Fry’s life.

He’s the manager of network operations at the School District of Philadelphia, one of the country’s biggest school districts. And for all the budget battles and bureaucratic blockades, somebody has to keep the servers running, the Internet connected, and administrative IT services in place.

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