The centerpiece of Gov. Wolf's Pennsylvania budget plan died its umpteenth death around a negotiating table this week.
Republican legislative leaders emerged from closed-door negotiations with the Democratic Wolf administration to announce that the governor's proposed severance tax on natural gas drillers is a non-negotiable no-go.
PFT files charge against school district. Daily News
Letters: First priority: School funds. Daily News
Hundreds of educators, leaders of faith-based groups, teachers, parents, and students convened Tuesday in the Rotunda of the Capitol to show their support for a fair funding formula for Pennsylvania’s schools. Supporters of all ages and from various school districts waved signs and chanted about the need to increase education funding.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would partially undo the state's seniority protections for teachers, while also allowing school districts to make layoffs for financial reasons – a practice that is now barred.
The bill would allow school districts to ignore seniority when deciding to lay off the small minority of the state's teachers who have below proficient ratings.
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As it had vowed to do, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers filed charges of unfair labor practice Friday against the School District for its decision to outsource substitute teaching.
The PFT, which is seeking an expedited hearing before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, claims that, in two years of stalled contract negotiations, the District never brought up the issue.
Church groups seeking a radical solution to the large funding disparities among school districts are taking their message to Pennsylvania's Capitol, even as other advocates continue to support an incremental approach to restoring education funding.
Philadelphia officials are planning to go ahead Wednesday with an auction of city tax liens despite the concerns of housing advocates.
City officials hope to raise millions through the sale of about 1,400 liens, but critics say the auction could end up moving the properties into a new tax limbo.
To fix Pa. school problems, go with what works. Philly.com
New school funding formula passes first hurdle in Senate. Patriot-News
This summer, Mount Airy returns with its line-up of free movie screenings, but with a new plan and double the fun.
In response to the flurry of articles and social media messages I received regarding my defense of cursive writing in our schools, I, as vice chair of City Council’s Committee on Education, feel compelled to respond and share my reasons for caring so deeply about this issue.
Far from it being a “bizarre fixation on irrelevant minutiae,” as one Philadelphia magazine article described it, cursive is central to the ability to write, and it has broad influence over many other parts of our children’s learning. That we have discarded the teaching of cursive writing without a public discussion is akin to discovering that we no longer find multiplication and division necessary in mathematics; we will not apologize for finding this discovery alarming.
Who is responsible when budget cuts require a school district to drop classes?
After budget cuts started in the 2011-2012 school year, parents in Philadelphia filed 825 complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Their complaints ranged from overcrowding in classrooms, to cutting back on courses such as art and foreign languages, to a lack of guidance counselors in schools.
Pa. school districts make an 'educated guess' at next year's budget. Keystone Crossroads
What is Act 1, and how did it affect property taxes and school funding? Keystone Crossroads
Signs of stalemate build in Harrisburg. Inquirer
Making a budget before knowing how much money you have might seem like putting the cart before the horse. But that's exactly what many school districts in Pennsylvania are doing.
What is Act 1?
Act 1 is a property tax relief bill passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2006 and amended in 2011. It greatly expanded rebates and exemptions for senior citizens and provided rebates for other homeowners. It also set a cap on the amount that a school district can raise property taxes without first getting voter approval.
The girls were dressed in yellow and the boys in blue on June 17 as the 2015 graduating class of Universal Audenried Charter High School marched through the auditorium at the Irvine Auditorium on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The 142 graduating seniors who donned the school’s colors are the first to have spent all four years at the school since it was converted in 2011 to a charter under the management of Universal Companies.