A new program at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology allows Philadelphia 7th graders and their families to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt and Rome for free.
On Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania launched “Unpacking the Past,” a $2.2 million initiative that provides 7th-grade students in the School District of Philadelphia and schools run by KIPP and Mastery Charter schools with hands-on, curriculum-focused learning experiences using museum resources to make history come alive.
Like a broken record, for over two years the School Reform Commission has sounded the call for "shared sacrifice." The phrase provided the frame for its decision to break the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' contract and impose what amounts to a huge wage cut. Their message has been: Everyone else has stepped up, and now teachers must do so.
But not everyone else has stepped up. Banks, corporations, and the mega-nonprofits in this city have not made sacrifices, nor has this body asked them to.
Let me be specific.
Pa. governor's race down to turnout? NewsWorks
Teachers, this time let's have the rebellion. Daily News
Penn Museum brings mummies to Philly schools. Daily Pennsylvanian
The stage was set to celebrate the power of women at the Constitution Center on Tuesday night as the Liberty Medal was presented to the world's most famous schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai.
The 17-year-old Pakistani, whose outspoken defense of girls' right to an education led to her being shot by the Taliban -- and then becoming a world-famous human rights activist -- accepted the award under a tent set up on the Constitution Center's lawn.
A crucial hearing will occur Wednesday morning in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg in the legal dispute between the School Reform Commission and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers over the union contract.
The SRC on Oct. 6 nullified the PFT contract and unilaterally imposed changes in teachers' health benefits, saying that 21 months of negotiations had been unproductive and that it needed the savings to put resources back in schools.
OK, let's get right to the looming question: Did Gov. Corbett cut a billion dollars from public, K-12 education?
That question can be answered in different ways. It all depends on what you count, and how you count it.
If you say yes, Corbett did cut the money, here's how your logic goes, as put together by Democrat Tom Wolf.
As psychologist Stephen Leff tells it, solutions to bullying in schools start at home.
Leff, co-director of the Violence Prevention Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, spoke during an anti-bullying workshop at District headquarters Monday. The workshop provided parents with practical tips and information on how to recognize bullying, support children who have been bullied, and work with schools in dealing with this issue.
“If you take one thing away from here today, it’s communicating with your kids," said Leff, also an associate professor of clinical psychology in pediatrics at CHOP. "The most important thing is to know what really happened [in school].”
Philadelphia Futures has reached a milestone in its mission to prepare students for college. This year marks the 25th anniversary edition of Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes.
Since 1989 Philadelphia Futures has annually published this resource, providing it free of charge to thousands of students throughout the city in efforts to help remove any barriers to postsecondary success.
Gregory Bonaparte Jr. loved his 5th-grade class at Tanner Duckrey Elementary School.
“Every time it was Friday, I wanted to go back to school,” said the 12-year-old. “That’s where my friends were.”
His disposition changed when he came back for 6th grade. Suddenly, Duckrey had hundreds of new students and practically doubled in size.
Pennsylvania school performance scores stuck in limbo. Tribune-Review
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers won a favorable ruling Monday in city Common Pleas Court in its fight with the School Reform Commission.
On Oct. 6, the SRC unilaterally terminated the PFT contract and imposed health care changes that it said would provide schools more than $50 million in additional resources this year.
On Friday, the PFT filed several legal rebuttals, including a request that the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas grant a temporary injunction in the case.
Why not democracy? Inquirer
Philly cigarette tax a boon for Bucks border businesses. Courier-Times
How to safely bike to school. NewsWorks
Philly's schools: The real injustice. Tribune-Review
The roar of 8,000 women. Daily News
Funding early education is smart money. Inquirer
GOP schooled on education politics. Politico
The annual Philadelphia High School Fair starts today at the Armory at Drexel University on North 33rd Street, between Market and Cuthbert Streets.
Thousands of students and their parents are expected to visit the expo, which is presented by Great Philly Schools, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. The fair is designed for 7th and 8th graders, as well as high school students looking to transfer schools.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has filed a multi-pronged response to the School Reform Commission's move to cancel its contract.
Primarily, the union is challenging the District's gambit of going directly to Commonwealth Court with its action, bypassing the traditional labor relations process for settling contract disputes. The PFT is responding with motions to Commonwealth Court, the local Court of Common Pleas, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and the American Arbitration Association.