A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools — the closed ones, anyway.
In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal to purchase five school buildings put up for sale two years ago when the Philadelphia School District was trying to raise money through real estate sales. The former schools, in Pennsport, Point Breeze, Port Richmond and Germantown, had all been shut down. According to the School District, Concordia is expected to pay $6.8 million for the five buildings.
Sweating under the midday sun, nine Republican lawmakers from Southeast Pennsylvania took Gov. Wolf to task on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse for what they called "campaign" tactics during budget negotiations.
As the state's budget deadlock stretches into its fourth week, the governor's administration and Republican legislators are each engaging in a campaign to sway public opinion about spending. In an unusual move, relatively moderate Republicans in the Philadelphia suburbs called out the governor for messaging that they say isn't fair.
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has fined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers $1,500 for contributions to City Council candidate Helen Gym in violation of the city's campaign finance law.
Political committees are permitted to give candidates for municipal office no more than $11,500 per year. The board found (and the PFT admitted) that the union's political committee gave Gym's campaign twice that, routing a second contribution through the committee of the American Federation of Teachers' Pennsylvania chapter.
The network plan: Who are the new additions to the School District? Philadelphia Student Union
As districts across Pennsylvania brace for an anticipated plunge in scores on the state’s standardized test, educators are worrying about the repercussions while questioning the value of using the volatile test results to make high-stakes decisions about teachers and schools.
Districts and schools will not receive their preliminary results until the end of the month. But statewide data show that the proficiency rates of students on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test have dropped precipitously, especially in math – in some grades by as much as 40 percentage points compared to last year.
Looking for affordable summer activities for kids in Philadelphia? Here’s a great list of upcoming activities this week – free museum trips, outdoor movie screenings, music festivals, and more.
A hip living space designed for teachers. Inquirer
'Hunger doesn’t take a vacation' Notebook
GOP 'majority of majority' rule could test any budget deal. Lancaster Online
Next up for No Child Left Behind: Senate-House negotiations. Washington Post
For two tumultuous years, an alarming number of schools in the School District of Philadelphia opened with new principals at the helm. This year, there have been far fewer principal departures.
It’s lunchtime at the Gesu School summer camp, and Laura Weatherby, who leads the summer meal site there, calls up kids by class. Students file one by one to the front of the room to get their cartons of milk and boxed lunches. Today’s meal: carrots, an apple, a cheese stick, and a soy nut butter and jelly sandwich.
Weatherby carefully tallies the number of kids who take a box to make sure no one misses a lunch, provided free of charge to students.
When William Parks attended Germantown High School, he was known as a leader in the classroom and on the football field. Considering that the school closed a year after Parks' 2012 graduation, he fills the role of the last great athlete to graduate from the 99-year-old institution.
Summer Supplement and Summer Hotline to help students navigate the college admissions process. University City Review
PSSA scores dive as tests get harder. Morning Call
In the Senate, another defeat for school vouchers. Washington Post
Auditing a school’s lunch program is not a standard initiative for teenagers. Yet students from Philadelphia’s Charter High School for Architecture & Design (CHAD) became auditors for 10 weeks.
“It took a lot of hard work, but it was a great opportunity,” said De’ Juan Newton, an 11th grader at CHAD who played a large role in the project.
The Philadelphia Student Union has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance new office space.
In April, the youth advocacy group was evicted from its offices in University City.