Two programs help students most in need. Inquirer
Why these Science Leadership Academy students are #MoreThanATest. Technically Philly
Members at SLA launch "More Than A Test" website. Philadelphia Student Union
Pa. High Schoolers Must Be Taught Sexting Risks. Philly Mag
An array of noteworthy resolutions have been slated for tonight's School Reform Commission meeting. The SRC will be deciding on proposals from the District that include a suspension of the school code, building sales, school improvements, grant acceptances, and a request to revise the school calendar.
In advance of the meeting, Youth United for Change will be protesting the District's plan to close Kensington Urban and merge it with another school in the same building. The student-led group successfully fought for the creation of the school and three other small high schools a decade ago.
Four years after Pennsylvania state budget cuts reduced recurring funding for Philadelphia classrooms by $294 million, Mayor Nutter and Gov. Wolf propose to put nearly that much money back into the School District.
A Fulton County, Ga., judge sentenced eight of the 11 former Atlanta schools employees convicted in a test-cheating scandal to prison Tuesday, reserving the harshest penalties for those who refused to reach sentencing agreements with the district attorney.
Almost all the defendants will spend time behind bars, a reality that hit home hard for some in the courtroom. Crying and sobbing could be heard as Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter handed down the first of the sentences.
A group of residents living near 27th and Wharton Streets in Grays Ferry is planning to attend a hearing Friday morning in City Hall to oppose the sale of a vacant lot owned by the Philadelphia School District and slated for redevelopment as a health and services center for veterans.
State budget negotiations heating up. Morning Call
Pa. Rep. Grell is chosen to head PSERS. Inquirer
In what's become a more common strategy for public schools all over our region, the Philadelphia School District wants to outsource substitute teachers.
The District's main goal is not necessarily saving money, but ensuring that fewer schools are left scrambling to cover classes on a day-to-day basis.
That's welcome news to Maritza Hernandez, principal of Julia De Burgos Elementary School in North Philadelphia.
Once again the School District is moving ahead with a school closure plan that excludes the community and fails to look at other options.
This time it’s Kensington Urban Education Academy, which the District wants to close and merge with Kensington International Business, citing low enrollment and poor academic performance. Both high schools are housed in the old Kensington High School building.
Later this year, Philadelphia's City Council will begin a series of hearings on the city’s next 15-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement, which expires this year, gives the company access to public streets and telephone poles, and in return, Comcast pays the city a “franchise fee” equal to 5 percent of its revenue from cable subscriptions.
In 2013, Dana Jenkins narrowly escaped the chopping block.
The Philadelphia School District's finances were in a sorry state, and nearly 4,000 layoff notices had been sent out to staffers. Some positions, including several assistant principal posts, were eliminated, including Jenkins' at Roxborough High School.
SLAP marches through campus to advocate for PILOTs. Daily Pennsylvanian
Letters: Dispersing the EITC smokescreen. Daily News
Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter has made headlines recently for blasting the field of candidates running to take his job.
Specifically, he says that all of their plans to meet the School District's funding needs are "bogus."
Seven principals will be honored this afternoon with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Principal Award.
The annual award honors outstanding principals who have made great leadership and humanitarian contributions to their schools and communities. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 stipend to use in improving their school communities.
Earlier this month, Penn held its annual lecture named after Constance Clayton, Philadelphia's first Black superintendent. The title of the lecture was "Do Black and Brown Lives Matter? Reframing Public Media Racial Narratives for Urban Schooling." Addressing that issue was Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana studies and an associate professor of English at Lehigh University.
Peterson, a leading hip-hop scholar who regularly appears as a media contributor on MSNBC and other media networks, spoke about why the Black Lives Matter movement means so much for organizing and transforming classrooms and communities. Educational institutions, he said, should be at the forefront of unpacking the issues of systemic inequities found in schools, police departments, and other areas of civic life.