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City Council candidates' views on education: Blondell Reynolds Brown

By the Notebook on Apr 9, 2015 02:51 PM

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?

School District projects 22 percent graduation rate in 2017

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Apr 9, 2015 09:36 AM

In two years, Pennsylvania students will have to pass three standardized tests -- the Keystone Exams -- to graduate high school.

Right now, 65 percent of Philadelphia School District students graduate in four years, but District officials expect a big drop when the Keystone Exam requirement comes into full effect.

Mount Airy group gives $12K in tax credit funds to neighborhood schools

By Neema Roshania for NewsWorks on Apr 8, 2015 02:16 PM

The Mount Airy Schools Coalition, a group made up of three community civic organizations, has granted $12,000 to six neighborhood schools.

It's the second year that the group has used a program called the Educational Improvement Tax Credit to allow business owners to direct their state tax dollars to area schools.

Point Breeze gets new parent-resource centers

By Wendy Harris on Apr 8, 2015 12:23 PM

Two new resource centers opened in South Philadelphia in March, providing a two-generation approach to tackling poverty in the Point Breeze section of the city.

The iParent@Diversified Resource Centers, funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, operate out of early childhood education centers in Dixon Learning Academy and Western Learning Center.

'School Play' spotlights Pennsylvania's education funding quandary

By Peter Crimmins for NewsWorks on Apr 8, 2015 10:40 AM

A play about the current state of Pennsylvania public schools will premiere at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this week.

City Council candidates' views on education: Ed Neilson

By the Notebook on Apr 7, 2015 02:19 PM

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?

Filmmakers to bring film, discussion of college access to Philly

By David Limm on Apr 7, 2015 12:08 PM

To be the first in a family to attend college is a breakthrough moment that can help secure a student's financial future and end a cycle of poverty. But for many low-income students, the process proves too foreign, the hurdles too high to overcome.

CCP scholarship to make college free for some students

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Apr 6, 2015 09:18 PM

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but the Community College of Philadelphia recently pledged to make its tuition free for qualifying Philadelphia high school graduates.

As a Kensington high school shifts course, graduation rate jumps

By Shannon Nolan on Apr 3, 2015 11:09 AM
Photo: Google Street View

In 2014, Kensington Health Sciences Academy had a milestone year. In a district where graduation rates have been slowly climbing, the school managed a surprising leap.

City Council candidates' views on education: Dennis O'Brien

By the Notebook on Apr 3, 2015 10:41 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?

Event offers a frank talk on how city officials can help solve District problems

By Camden Copeland on Apr 3, 2015 10:14 AM

A panel of longtime Philadelphia public school supporters will be speaking next week about the problems facing the District and what the 2015 mayor and City Council candidates can do to solve them.

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