A breakdown of Gov. Wolf's plan for new education spending. NewsWorks/Notebook
ASPIRA challenges school union election. Daily News
Nebinger School receives Earth Day aid. South Philly Review
Tony Williams should run on his beliefs. Inquirer
It's more than 80 degrees outside, but Brandon Dixon, 17, is wearing a thick blue blazer and a polo shirt with the word "Girard" embroidered just above his heart.
The high school senior applied to 11 colleges, and he got into all of them, an impressive accomplishment.
“What would a student-centered broadcast medium be?”
It's a question that Melanie Harris, chief information officer for the District’s Office of Information Technology and Data Management, asked when thinking about the future of Public School TV (PSTV), the School District of Philadelphia's public educational channel.
With education a major issue in the Philadelphia mayor's race, Democratic candidate Lynne Abraham has put forth her plan to fund the city's public schools.
Abraham, like fellow candidate Jim Kenney, has committed to meeting the Philadelphia School District's request for $103 million, and then some.
In a suburb just outside of Denver, principal Sarah Gould stands outside a 5th-grade classroom at Hodgkins Elementary School watching students work. This classroom, she explains, is for students working roughly at grade level. Down the hall, there are two other 5th-grade classrooms. One is labeled “Level 2 and 3,” for students who are working at the second and 3rd-grade levels. The other is for students who are working at a middle-school level.
Oliver, the populist candidate, talks 'eds and meds' on WURD. The Next Mayor
Letters: This election, let's not hedge our bets. Daily News
Property-tax debate looms in Pa. House. Inquirer
The Philadelphia Student Union has been running a multimedia workshop series called Yearbook PHL, which uses student narratives to compile snapshots of how teens are experiencing the public school system.
“People have a certain idea of what schools are like, but the only people who actually know what it’s like in school are the people that go to school,” said Mahala Papadopoulos, a Masterman 10th grader.
Which school districts in Pennsylvania receive the most state funding as a share of their total revenue?
If you guessed Philadelphia, you'd be dead wrong.
Which Pa. school districts get the highest percentage of aid from the state? NewsWorks/Notebook
With the District often chided for making information public at the 11th hour, SRC Chair Marjorie Neff recently promised more transparency for School Reform Commission meetings – or at least better service.
And after Neff's announcement that voting items for monthly SRC meetings would be available three weeks ahead of time, the District posted the draft of upcoming meeting resolutions on May 1, 20 days in advance of the May 21 meeting. This change gives more opportunity for the public to comment to the SRC in advance.
The School Reform Commission will consider more than a dozen charter renewals on Monday and is expected to hear at least two recommendations for nonrenewal -- including one at a District school that was turned over to a private operator for turnaround.
The District's Charter Schools Office is opposing renewal for Bluford Elementary, which is a Renaissance turnaround charter operated by Universal Companies. It is also recommending non-renewal for Delaware Valley Charter High School, citing academic inconsistencies and fiscal issues.
When an increasing number of parents in school districts as different as Philadelphia and Lower Merion opt their children out of standardized testing, it's clearly time for state and federal education agencies to rethink whether testing, as it has been practiced, drives better instruction or undermines fundamental educational values.
Unlike many who are philosophically opposed to standardized testing, I believe that we need objective measures beyond grades from teachers to assess student growth. I also believe that the punitive use of standardized testing results has led to the crippling of creativity in the classroom, the elimination of art and music and sports and recess, the departure of good teachers from the profession, the discouragement of talented young people from entering the profession, and the temptation to cheat.
Pupils test the candidates. Daily News
Mayoral candidates take students' questions. CBS Philly
3 Bogus Problems With the Teacher’s Contract. Philly Mag
New parking app could impact school district. Philly Mag
Teacher-layoff bill advances in Pennsylvania House. Post-Gazette
By asking five mayoral candidates a question about police brutality, three Julia De Burgos Elementary School students sparked one of the campaign's most eye-opening moments to date.