Church groups seeking a radical solution to the large funding disparities among school districts are taking their message to Pennsylvania's Capitol, even as other advocates continue to support an incremental approach to restoring education funding.
Philadelphia officials are planning to go ahead Wednesday with an auction of city tax liens despite the concerns of housing advocates.
City officials hope to raise millions through the sale of about 1,400 liens, but critics say the auction could end up moving the properties into a new tax limbo.
To fix Pa. school problems, go with what works. Philly.com
New school funding formula passes first hurdle in Senate. Patriot-News
This summer, Mount Airy returns with its line-up of free movie screenings, but with a new plan and double the fun.
In response to the flurry of articles and social media messages I received regarding my defense of cursive writing in our schools, I, as vice chair of City Council’s Committee on Education, feel compelled to respond and share my reasons for caring so deeply about this issue.
Far from it being a “bizarre fixation on irrelevant minutiae,” as one Philadelphia magazine article described it, cursive is central to the ability to write, and it has broad influence over many other parts of our children’s learning. That we have discarded the teaching of cursive writing without a public discussion is akin to discovering that we no longer find multiplication and division necessary in mathematics; we will not apologize for finding this discovery alarming.
Who is responsible when budget cuts require a school district to drop classes?
After budget cuts started in the 2011-2012 school year, parents in Philadelphia filed 825 complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Their complaints ranged from overcrowding in classrooms, to cutting back on courses such as art and foreign languages, to a lack of guidance counselors in schools.
Pa. school districts make an 'educated guess' at next year's budget. Keystone Crossroads
What is Act 1, and how did it affect property taxes and school funding? Keystone Crossroads
Signs of stalemate build in Harrisburg. Inquirer
Making a budget before knowing how much money you have might seem like putting the cart before the horse. But that's exactly what many school districts in Pennsylvania are doing.
What is Act 1?
Act 1 is a property tax relief bill passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2006 and amended in 2011. It greatly expanded rebates and exemptions for senior citizens and provided rebates for other homeowners. It also set a cap on the amount that a school district can raise property taxes without first getting voter approval.
The girls were dressed in yellow and the boys in blue on June 17 as the 2015 graduating class of Universal Audenried Charter High School marched through the auditorium at the Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The 142 graduating seniors who donned the school’s colors are the first to have spent all four years at the school since it was converted in 2011 to a charter under the management of Universal Companies.
We Want Answers: New SRC Chair Marjorie Neff. Philly Mag
What is Act 1 and how did it impact property taxes and school funding? Keystone Crossroads
Deadline looming, no budget in sight. Inquirer
Pa. proposes new school funding formula to help low-income students. Washington Post
Commonwealth Court has ruled that the state cannot dismiss complaints about inadequate conditions in Philadelphia District schools that opened and operated under a "doomsday budget" adopted in 2013, if they pertain to curriculum flaws.
Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in? Maybe you feel a little different from the people around you? Then you should read Gaston, a fabulous picture book written by Kelly Dipucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson.
This is the story of a pup named Gaston. He looks different from his brothers and sisters. He’s much bigger, a little bit rougher, and there’s just something about him that makes him stand out. One day, when Gaston and his family visit the park, they see a family that is in a similar situation. In fact, Gaston sees a family that looks a lot like him. And would you believe that the other family has a pup that looks more like Gaston's siblings than Gaston?
I've removed my family pictures from the wall and taken home my nameplate. As much as I've loved my job, it is clearly time for me to go. As I head into retirement, I thought I’d take a page from David Letterman's playbook. I present to you my own "Top 10 Things Necessary for School Nursing to Work," based upon my 25 years as a nurse in the School District of Philadelphia.
A superintendent like former boots-on-the-ground leader, fellow Philadelphian, and educator par excellence Dr. Constance Clayton, who was driven by the needs of children rather than by data. Data, as you know, can prove whatever you want it to prove.
Putting books before bars starts now. NewsWorks