Decked out in blue for the school's colors, teachers and staff at ASPIRA Olney Charter High School linked arms in the school's empty cafeteria Thursday evening as a government agent tallied votes.
Olney Charter teachers vote to unionize. Daily News
What does a state education formula do? NewsWorks
Talking smack: Philly's Democratic mayoral primary turns testy. The Next Mayor
The School District has released its School Progress Reports for 2013-14, which quantify a number of indicators to evaluate achievement, climate, and equity. The reports, which replaced the troubled School Performance Index, are in their second year.
Glen Casey’s early school years were marked by all the academic warning signs: low grades, truancy, and suspensions.
“He was verbally aggressive,” recalls Rich Neal, a behavioral specialist with NorthEast Treatment Centers (NET). Neal would be at Glen’s side until the tide turned for him years later.
How is special education paid for in Pennsylvania public schools? Notebook/NewsWorks
Another ASPIRA charter school seeks union vote. Daily News
The scene took place a short drive from the University of Pennsylvania campus, but it might have been worlds away.
Glen Casey, then 10 or 11 years old, watched in fascination as his father sat in the bedroom cutting up cocaine for resale.
“He was just sitting on the bed, just chop, chop, chopping it up,” recalls Glen. “Because, when you first buy it, it’s hard, and you want to smoothen it out.”
In the wake of a couple of polls showing former City Councilman Jim Kenney leading in Philadelphia's Democratic mayoral primary, the super PAC backing State Sen. Anthony Williams has boosted its spending on television ads to nearly $800,000 a week.
Williams super PAC boosts spending. NewsWorks
The Notebook and 5th Borough Films are proud to announce the release and screening this Friday, May 1, of Glen’s Village, a 30-minute documentary film about a University of Pennsylvania student, Glen Casey, and the challenging path he has followed to get there.
Directed and produced by journalists Dorian Geiger and Paul Jablow, the film will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at the Urban Studies Department on the University of Pennsylvania campus – in Room G17 of Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St.
Updated | Wednesday, 7 p.m.
The state Charter Appeal Board, in a 4-3 vote, has ordered the School Reform Commission to renew the charter of Community Academy of Philadelphia (CAP).
Community Academy, launched in the 1980s as an alternative for students having difficulty in the traditional system, became a charter school in 1997. It is the city's oldest charter.
A panel of lawmakers and members of Gov. Wolf's administration are expected to wrap up work soon and release recommendations for a more equitable way of dividing up state funding for Pennsylvania schools.
The School Reform Commission is holding a hearing Tuesday evening on the proposal to close Kensington Urban Academy and merge it with Kensington International Business High School. The two schools now share a building.
"Why are the politicians stopping good schools from helping more of our kids?"
That's the question asked by one parent in a new advertising campaign promoting the expansion of charter schools in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners, an arm of the Philadelphia School Partnership, will spend more than $1 million on the ads.