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.
8 cool projects from the #PTW15 edition of Philly EdTech Meetup. Technically Philly
Senate panel approves Pedro Rivera for top education job. Lancaster Online
It’s time to end the charter vs. District school schism in Philadelphia. The horse is out of the barn. The deal is done. Get over it.
If Philadelphia’s public schools are going to get adequate funding, there needs to be a “united front” of charter and District leadership marching arm in arm to City Hall and Harrisburg. Supporting one or the other should not be a litmus test for mayoral or City Council candidates. Division won’t bring victory in Harrisburg.
Commonwealth Court has dismissed a school funding complaint brought by several school districts, parents, and groups alleging that Pennsylvania's method of paying for education is unconstitutional and inequitable.
The ruling was another in a long line of Pennsylvania state court decisions affirming that school funding is strictly a function of the legislature and executive branch and therefore "nonjusticiable."
Phila. schools want to reward innovation. Inquirer
Two Penn profs. do double time as teachers in Philly schools. Daily Pennsylvanian
Spotlight looms for Wolf's cabinet picks. Inquirer
For a second year, the District is inviting proposals from schools and their communities to overhaul neighborhood schools and reinvent high schools.
Monday's announcement marks the kick-off of Round 2 of the District's efforts to remake the city's neighborhood schools into appealing, cutting-edge options tailored to Philadelphia's mostly high-needs students.