Principals: Give us the tools to succeed. Daily News
Don't write off a school basic. Inquirer
The Uphill Battle of Unionizing a Philly Charter School. American Prospect
Borrowing to Replenish Depleted Pensions. NY Times
The Notebook is proud to announce the winners of the 11th annual Philadelphia Student Journalism Awards for high school students, honoring exemplary work produced in the 2014-15 academic year. Nine schools and organizations entered student work to be considered for four cash prize awards and four special recognitions.
Teaching the teachers. Citizen
Who Will Watch the Charities? NY Times
City Council spent Wednesday in a closed-door session considering how to raise additional revenue for the schools.
Reports indicate that Council President Darrell Clarke is looking at a solution short of the $105 million the District has asked for, and Mayor Nutter's proposed 9 percent property tax increase is apparently not on the table.
Superintendent William Hite is asking for $200 million from the state and $105 million from the city, not only to restore some personnel and services slashed over the last several years, but also to embark on his reform plan.
The slogan could be seen throughout Temple University's Liacouras Center: "Excellence. No excuses."
Graduates echoed it in the stories of their high school careers, and speakers emphasized it in their advice to the class.
Mastery Charter Schools held its third annual college signing day Tuesday to honor the academic achievements of more than 550 graduates from five of the charter operator’s six Philadelphia high schools.
Some of Philadelphia's best young math students were honored Tuesday by the organizers of an online program called "First in Math."
Among them was Daniel Wang -- a 4th grader at Fitzpatrick Elementary who loves numbers and monster trucks. A trip to the Path of Destruction truck rally with his father next week will be Daniel's reward for finishing second in the nation in an online competition.
The primary election was, among other things, a referendum on what kinds of schools Philadelphians want and how they think they should be governed.
Taken together with polling data, the election results show that the forces for corporate education reform, headquartered locally in the Philadelphia School Partnership, are losing the fight for hearts and minds, despite a seemingly limitless amount of money, a well-oiled public relations machine, and many friends in high places, including the media.
City officials unveil early education plan. Daily News
Mastery seniors announce their next stops. Daily News
Develop plan on funding schools. Tribune
Equitable, adequate school funding important. Lancaster Online
In a Children's Village classroom packed with like-minded adults, Mayor Nutter, Eva Gladstein of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, and mayoral candidate Jim Kenney joined with early-education leaders to unveil the city's "A Running Start Philadelphia: For Every Child, Birth to Five" plan.
For Amy Williams, principal of the William Dick Elementary School in North Philadelphia, it had to rank among the strangest frantic parent calls she had ever received.
“He’s crying because I washed his pants,” the mother of a 4th-grade boy told her.
Unfortunately, the pants had contained the boy’s wad of “Cat Cash,” play money handed out by teachers at the school to reward good behavior by individual students and whole classes.
Trying to get answers from a large bureaucracy can feel like banging your head against a wall.
Last night, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission tried to break down some of its own barriers to communication in a largely unprecedented meeting devoted entirely to questions from the public.
SRC gets an earful during Q&A session. Daily News
Why do girls earn better grades than boys? Philly.com
Editorial: Keystone quagmire. Notebook
Wolf, GOP ramp up budget rhetoric. Inquirer
Have a question for the SRC? Come ask it tonight at 440 at 6pm. I'll be moderating. You can also ask via live stream. pic.twitter.com/rV9IhmcQ99— Kevin McCorry (@byKevinMcCorry) June 1, 2015
The School Reform Commission, in a rare gesture of openness, will be holding a town hall-style meeting today between 6 and 8 p.m. WHYY's education reporter Kevin McCorry will moderate the Q&A session. Your questions for the commissioners can be sent to SRC@philasd.org.