SRC approves another charter school. Inquirer
State pension crisis: Where do we go from here? NewsWorks/Notebook
The School Reform Commission Thursday approved a new K-4 KIPP charter school for West Philadelphia to open in 2016 and voted to transfer management of Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School from Scholar Academies to Mastery.
The three-year KIPP charter was approved by a 3-1 vote, with SRC chair Marge Neff dissenting. Commissioner Farah Jimenez recused herself due to a potential conflict of interest.
Umbrellas in hand, more than 50 people demonstrated outside School District headquarters Thursday against District plans to outsource school-based health services, a move that could further reduce the ranks of unionized school nurses.
Several speakers said that the proposal was nothing more than a union-busting move that would line the pockets of private health care providers on the backs of children.
At the monthly voting meeting of the School Reform Commission tonight, the District will decide the future of Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School in North Philadelphia.
The District has recommended that the school, one of the original seven Renaissance schools, be kept open under the condition that the school's management be turned over to Mastery Charter Schools.
In researching our edition on "boosting graduation rates for all," the Notebook interviewed young people who had dropped out and were now reengaging in school. We asked why they left, why they returned, and what obstacles they face. Some described heartbreaking personal situations and herculean struggles. But all displayed hope and optimism about their futures. They were all eager to tell their stories.
How, and how much, are teachers paid in Pennsylvania? Notebook/NewsWorks
Blow the whistle. Inquirer
The Wisdom Of Workshops. Citizen
U.S. public schools report fewer violent incidents. Washington Post
A key author of a new report showing rising graduation rates in Philadelphia, especially among vulnerable student groups, warned that the impact of recent District budget cuts has not yet shown up in the data and could affect future classes.
Several school districts, parents, and groups have taken a lawsuit alleging Pennsylvania's school funding system to be unconstitutional to the state Supreme Court.
An appeal filed Wednesday by the plaintiffs seeks to force the state's highest court to hear a case dismissed last month by Commonwealth Court. In that decision, the court ruled, as it has in prior lawsuits, that the question of school funding and what level of it is constitutional is a matter for the state legislature to decide.
In the Multiple Choices podcast, Keystone Crossroads senior education writer Kevin McCorry joins with Paul Socolar, publisher and editor of the Public School Notebook, and Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa to explain and explore the history, complexities and controversies of public education funding in Pennsylvania.
What’s working? What’s not? Notebook
City Council newcomers oust incumbents. Inquirer
OK, ready for Kenney vs. Green? Daily News
The School Reform Commission plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that keeps open the academically struggling Young Scholars Frederick Douglass charter school in North Philadelphia on the condition that its management be taken over by Mastery Charter.
Douglass is one of the initial seven low-performing District schools given to a charter operator for academic turnaround in 2010 under the Renaissance schools initiative, and it is the first to be recommended for transfer from one charter operator to another.
Judge awards $318,520 to whistle-blower. Inquirer
A shuttered school is missed. Inquirer