Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney called out State Sen. Anthony Williams for cautiously praising a proposed $25 million from the Philadelphia Schools Partnership to the School District of Philadelphia.
Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania made good on a campaign promise Wednesday, proposing a 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling to go into effect in 2016 and generate $1 billion in its first year. The announcement may represent the first step in an elaborate political dance.
Speaking in a classroom at Caln Elementary School in Thorndale, Chester County, Wolf told reporters that the bulk of the revenue would go to funding education.
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A report released this week shows Pennsylvania lags behind most of the country when it comes to providing free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch to low-income students. The state ranks 41st in school breakfast participation by eligible students.
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PSP's $35 million will help kids. Inquirer
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Report: Pa. lags in school breakfasts. Inquirer
No profit left behind. Politico
At the School Reform Commission's latest strategy, planning and priorities meeting Monday night, District officials again laid out a bleak budget picture -- predicting a shortfall next fiscal year of $80 million. The projection assumes that no labor savings and no new revenues are forthcoming.
At the two-hour meeting, officials asked about 40 members of the public who attended how they would make decisions about raising new revenue and cutting spending -- or adding services, should more than enough money to balance the budget miraculously materialize.
“Awesome” is how Lisa Wilmer, the principal of B.B. Comegys Elementary School, describes the Young Quakers Community Athletics program.
In 2012, Comegys had no sports programming. When University of Pennsylvania lacrosse coach Mike Murphy wanted his team to be more involved with service, a partnership formed between Comegys and Penn.
Gym announces run for City Council. Inquirer
It's not just the money. Inquirer
One of Philadelphia's most recognizable education advocates has announced her candidacy for City Council.
Helen Gym, co-founder of Parents United for Public Education, held a kickoff event Monday at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia surrounded by parents, students and union boosters.
After a last-minute effort to put off the vote until June 1, Philadelphia's School Reform Commission announced it will decide on all 39 charter applications at a special meeting Feb. 18. That meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia School District headquarters.
Last week, the District emailed all the charter applicants requesting a four-month deadline extension due to an "unprecedented" number of applications.
And why is this news? Don't all high schools have biology teachers?
Actually, no, not in Philadelphia or some other cash-strapped districts that have problems recruiting enough certified teachers for certain subjects.
In the past, unfortunately, this kind of situation was taken for granted in schools that served mostly low-income students of color. Something called biology class, maybe with a substitute teacher, was slapped together and students who did enough work got credit for it.
How weird is this? The political committee formed early in 2013 to support the exploratory effort of mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams is now headed by a full-time employee of the Philadelphia School District.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Solomon Leach reported Saturday that the Believe Again PAC is headed by the District's government affairs director, Rodney Oglesby.
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Meet Mayoral Front-Runner Anthony Williams. Philly Mag
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Deliver on promise of schools. Inquirer
How to fund Pennsylvania's schools is a hot topic. The state's Basic Education Commission is traveling statewide to hear from stakeholders as it works on a new formula for distributing the money.