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Hite's plan for schools echoes Wolf's call for equity and more funding

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 03:22 PM

Two leaders with a passionate interest in education released documents that could provide guidance for fully funding Philadelphia's public schools.

The day after Gov. Wolf presented his proposed budget, Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite released his "Action Plan 3.0" Wednesday. The 50-plus page document spells out the superintendent's plan for overlapping "networks" of schools, with a focus on bringing more equity – and more revenue -- into the school system.

Property tax increase said to be part of Nutter's budget

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 03:03 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter will make his budget address tomorrow, and sources tell NewsWorks that he will call for increasing property taxes.

The School District is asking for more than $100 million in new funding, so that may explain why Nutter will ask for a 9 percent property tax increase.

Mixing history, literature in study of city's 1793 yellow fever epidemic

By Jessica McDonald for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 12:31 PM

More than two centuries ago, an outbreak of yellow fever hit Philadelphia — then the largest city in the fledgling United States — and wiped out about 10 percent of the population. Now, one Philadelphia public school is using a young adult novel to share this piece of history and foster a love of reading.

Hite Action Plan 3.0 focuses on equity, reallocating dollars

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 4, 2015 10:03 AM

Superintendent William Hite released his Action Plan 3.0 on Wednesday morning, calling for administrative reorganization of schools and a focus on "equity" that could see a higher share of available funds concentrated in needy neighborhood schools.

The plan comes a day after Gov. Wolf announced his budget proposal, which includes historic investments in education and millions of additional state dollars for Philadelphia. Hite called his blueprint "a new approach to lifting the achievement of every student, wherever they live and whatever their background."

Dissecting Wolf's $33 billion plan for Pennsylvania

By NewsWorks Staff on Mar 3, 2015 07:57 PM

Gov. Wolf's first budget address put an emphasis on his vision for improving Pennsylvania's present and its future.

He is calling for tax increases in an effort to generate additional funding for education, property tax relief, and economic development programs in a more than $33 billion state budget proposal.

'Innovative and bold' or an 'attack' on charters? Reactions to Wolf budget plan

By Allison Welton on Mar 3, 2015 05:05 PM

Was it an “innovative and bold” step forward or a bloody “attack” on charter schools? After Gov. Wolf’s budget address, some groups immediately turned up the heat on legislators to “put our money where their mouths are,” while others took a breath and celebrated a “solid first step” toward universal pre-K.

Here’s our round-up of reactions from the education world to the governor’s proposals.

Survey points to more cuts in Pa. school districts

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 3, 2015 04:16 PM


School districts across Pennsylvania say they're struggling to do more with less, according to a recent survey that looks at school budgets.

It shows that most of the state's school districts are looking at more tax increases as well as cuts to programs and staff cuts to keep up with costs for mandated services.

Education highlights from Gov. Wolf's proposed budget

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 3, 2015 01:45 PM

Here are the highlights from Gov. Wolf’s proposed education budget, in which he says he is “making a historic commitment to education.”

As new SRC chair, Neff plans to continue teamwork

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 3, 2015 09:50 AM

Gov. Wolf called -- and Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner Marjorie Neff answered.

Neff replaced Bill Green, an appointee of former Gov. Tom Corbett, as chair of the SRC, a position with responsibilities such as setting the agenda for meetings and signing all School District contracts.

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