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Pa. charter schools wary of the fine print in Wolf's budget

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 10:12 PM

Cautious optimism flutters in the hearts of Pennsylvania educators, but less so among the state's charter schools.

Gov. Wolf's first budget proposal showed an intention to invest substantially in public education.

Arise Academy charter will close in June

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 19, 2015 10:09 PM

Arise Academy, a charter school founded to educate children in the foster care system, will close its doors in June after six years of struggling to serve its difficult population and meet the requirements set out as a condition of its continued operation.

Should Pa. schools expect a big boost in funding? Depends on whom you ask

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 04:44 PM

Superintendents may get whiplash from trying to keep up with what Harrisburg wants them to do with proposed state funding. A partisan battle is heating up over state education dollars that school districts don't have -- and may not even see.

SRC meeting tonight: Hite to present Action Plan 3.0

By the Notebook on Mar 19, 2015 04:00 PM

Don't forget, there's a School Reform Commission meeting tonight. Superintendent William Hite will be presenting Action Plan 3.0, his newest transformation blueprint for the District. It's an action meeting, so the SRC will be voting on resolutions. You can find a draft of them here. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. To view it live, head over to PSTV's live stream

Randolph students' dish wins spot on District's breakfast menu

By the Notebook on Mar 19, 2015 01:34 PM

The second annual Culinary Voice competition was held in February at the Free Library of Philadelphia Culinary Literacy Center. Students from three high schools --  A. Philip Randolph Career Academy, Dobbins, and Swenson Arts & Technology -- competed for the chance to serve their cooking creation in school cafeterias.

City Council candidates' views on education: Helen Gym

By the Notebook on Mar 19, 2015 10:59 AM

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.

District may have to pay damages in whistleblower lawsuit

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 09:30 AM

The struggling School District of Philadelphia may have to pay damages to a former official who lost his job after speaking to the press about a $7.5 million no-bid security-camera contract.

Stanford study: Philly charter schools benefit poor students of color

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 18, 2015 06:07 PM

New analysis by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) has found that charter schools in urban areas show higher rates of growth on state standardized tests compared to traditional urban school districts.

The study found that minority students living in poverty got the biggest boost from attending a charter school.

Out with the old? Not so fast

By Paul Jablow on Mar 18, 2015 11:35 AM

Jan Deruiter still isn’t sure why he wandered into a general parent meeting at Lingelbach Elementary School near his home in Mount Airy two years ago.

But that chance visit could bring a major influx of donated computers to classrooms citywide, as well as changes to a District policy on using old technology.

City Council candidates' views on education: Bill Greenlee

By the Notebook on Mar 18, 2015 10:49 AM

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?

Hite talks tax increases, 'Friends of' groups, and his own tenure

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 04:43 PM

In each of the last few years, the Philadelphia School District has asked the city and state governments to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.

The District has said that the increased funding would allow it to greatly increase educational outcomes for the city's children.

Monitoring social media for PARCC test cheating in NJ: 'Creepy' or necessary?

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 02:04 PM

Social media monitoring by Pearson, the London-based company that runs PARCC testing in New Jersey, has tipped administrators off in some North Jersey school districts to students who might be cheating on the tests.

But it's the monitoring itself that now has some parents worried.

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