The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a $34 million, two-year contract with Cherry Hill-based Source4Teachers to provide substitute service to city schools.
The SRC is also scheduled to vote on the agreements for five new charter schools and renewals for five Renaissance charters: four Mastery schools, as well as Universal Daroff.
Beakers filled with muddy brown water stood on the tables in the cafeteria at the Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, each surrounded by four intent 6th graders. Their task: purify the water, make it run clear.
The groups all had the same set of supplies: a cotton ball, screen, coffee filter, funnel, sand, gravel, and a graduated cylinder.
How much does the Philadelphia School District spend?
The District's budget for the 2014-15 school year is roughly $2.6 billion. The School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite have proposed a $2.89 billion plan for the 2015-16 school year, arguing that the additional money is needed to restore vital, basic services.
When it comes to education funding, what's the deal with Philly schools? Notebook/Keystone Crossroads
The fair-funding bus tour kicks off. Notebook
Indecent proposal. Inquirer
The merger of Kensington International Business High School and Kensington Urban Education High School has been postponed a year so that the community can be involved in planning for the change, District officials said Tuesday.
Superintendent William Hite sent a letter to parents saying that he was recommending delaying the merger until 2016-17.
Next week, Philadelphia will take a first crack at selling off tax liens on commercial properties, a move that City Council hopes will expand and generate $30 million in revenue for the School District next year.
Testing might be over for Pennsylvania students this year, but debate about how one of the state's standardized tests should change is just heating up.
Last week, the state Senate's Education Committee unanimously passed a bill that would delay when the Keystone Exams, a statewide assessment of literature, Algebra I and biology, would take effect as a requirement for high school graduation.
Update: On Monday, June 15, the Pennsylvania Senate passed the bill, 49-0.
Energy was high at Spring Garden Elementary School on Monday as a small crowd gathered to kick off the Statewide Bus Tour for the Schools Our Children Deserve, an effort to draw attention to the need for fair and full funding for Pennsylvania schools.
Though Monday’s event was meant to launch the bus tour, the bus was absent because of a gas leak, said Ron Whitehorne, a coordinator for the campaign. Its first stop, in West Chester, was planned for Tuesday.
In researching our edition on "boosting graduation rates for all," the Notebook interviewed young people who had dropped out and were now reengaging in school. We asked why they left, why they returned, and what obstacles they face. Some described heartbreaking personal situations and herculean struggles. But all displayed hope and optimism about their futures. They were all eager to tell their stories.
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Maybe schoolchildren need a union. Inquirer
The day before the mid-June deadline, the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission said it needed more time to come up with recommendations for a new state formula for basic education funding distributed to school districts. In this installment of Multiple Choices, we explain the role of the commission.
The commission was created to recommend a new school-funding formula for basic education to the General Assembly. It was established by law in June 2014, when then-Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation sponsored by Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks.
What is the purpose of the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission? Notebook/NewsWorks
Teachers for Teachers. Citizen
Pa. teens working harder to find summer jobs. NewsWorks
Time to reform Pa. schools. Inquirer
For Rayna Harvey, a member of the organization Youth United for Change, there is no mystery about what it would take to produce more high school graduates in Philadelphia.
Offer classes that are relevant to their lives. Teach them skills that they will need in the real world.
And most important, listen to them and strive to understand their wants and needs and the problems many of them face in their daily lives.