Thanks to more than 100 contributions from our readers and a $10,000 matching gift, the Notebook has made it two-thirds of the way to the year-end fundraising target of $45,000.
Putting aside their usual bickering over what the School District deserves and how it spends its money, the city's key education players sent a joint letter to the Philadelphia legislative delegation Thursday "in unified support of restoring critically needed state funds" that will benefit students.
William Hite, nearing the end of his third year as superintendent, got positive marks from the School Reform Commission in his annual performance review.
He was eligible for a $60,000 bonus, but declined to take it, citing the District's budget woes.
The ongoing budget stalemate in Harrisburg has left school districts across Pennsylvania in the dark about how much state money they'll be getting.
With a new governor, a new proposed funding formula, and constant disagreement about how schools should be funded, lots of changes are afoot in Pennsylvania's education system.
As we head into the July 4th weekend, why not take some time to brush up on the ABCs and XYZs of education funding in Pennsylvania? Below are 14 pieces, most including a podcast, that NewsWorks and the Notebook put together for Multiple Choices, a series that explains the major aspects of the state's complex, puzzling, and unequal education funding system.
After being housed at the University of Pennsylvania for almost 12 years, the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) has found a new home.
On July 1, the center moved most of its programming from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice to Foundations Inc., an education nonprofit in Mount Laurel, N.J.
Fund drive extended as we near our goal. Notebook
Butkovitz: School buildings are substandard. Daily News
Controller: City schools a health threat. Inquirer
Enough smokers for school funding. Inquirer
Truebright charter won't reopen in fall. Inquirer
Pa. budget talks to resume next week. Inquirer
Analyzing what's ahead in Pennsylvania budget stalemate. Morning Call
Periodically, city officials shine a spotlight on the condition of school buildings in the School District of Philadelphia. Not for the first time, what they saw isn't pretty.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz's office visited 20 schools between October and March. The inspectors' findings, detailed in a report that came out Wednesday, included electrical hazards, water damage, and permanently clogged toilets.
According to the report, some problems showed up in a lot of the schools:
Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn, the District's second-ranking official, is leaving his position in three weeks, spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed on Wednesday.
Kihn, who earned $210,000 a year, is leaving for personal reasons. His wife took a job in Washington, D.C. He had been cutting back his time in the office and telecommuting at least one day a week. The couple have two small children.
The Notebook's June fundraising campaign, which launched at our annual celebration on June 9, has been extended with the goal of reaching $45,000. We raised more than $37,000 in June – more than 80 percent of our goal – making it our best month ever for individual donations. We are confident that we can achieve our goal with the help of our readers.
Philadelphia's push to make high-quality preschool available citywide has taken another step with the inaugural meeting of the Mayor's Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten.
The 17-member commission, established by a voter referendum in May, now faces a long list of questions, including where preschool programs should be located and who should be hired to provide them.
With a final budget from Harrisburg missing in action, the Philadelphia School District adopted its own budget just before the final deadline.
At a relatively brief School Reform Commission meeting, the District's chief financial officer, Matthew Stanski, laid out the budget's premise: "We will need at least $18 million from the state in order to maintain, as we like to say, the inadequate, status quo budget levels that our schools are currently operating under."
SRC adopts budget, but questions remain. Inquirer
New Commission on Universal Pre-K launched. Daily News
Philly’s Tax Lien Sale Sucked. Philly Mag
What happens without a state budget? Post-Gazette
Even vocational high schools are pushing kids to go to college. Hechinger Report
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The School Reform Commission will vote Thursday on a 2015-16 budget of $2.8 billion, while giving Superintendent William Hite authorization to spend $2.67 billion of that pending the state's completion of its own highly contentious budget.
Achieving greater parent and caregiver involvement for students receiving behavioral health treatment services is a main goal for behavioral health workers and the School District in the coming school year.
In this Q&A with the Notebook, Kamilah Jackson, deputy chief medical officer of child and adolescent services at Community Behavioral Health, the city’s mental health agency; and Valarie Oulds, program manager at the department, discuss a pilot behavioral health treatment service funded primarily by Medicaid. Starting in five elementary schools in the fall, the new program will hire parents who have experience navigating the behavioral health system themselves.
Substitute teachers angry with company. Daily News
Countdown to a clash over Pennsylvania budget. Morning Call
School funding formula will boost Pa. economy. Philly.com