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For C.W. Henry, it takes a village to court prospective parents

By Neema Roshania for NewsWorks on Mar 23, 2015 01:59 PM

This is the second in a series of reports on one Philadelphia couple's search for a school for their son. [Read part one.]

Chris and Jennifer Byiers are sitting inside the warm living room of Anthony and Jennifer Aiello on a blustery February night. They are surrounded by framed drawings and a sparkly robot made out of recyclable tissue boxes and paper towel rolls.

A strategy of ready, fire, aim for student behavioral health

By Debra Weiner on Mar 23, 2015 01:05 PM

At the risk of being the fool who rushes in where angels fear to tread, I am astonished by the great consternation around the question of how to assess the effectiveness of behavioral health services for students. After all,  these services have been provided for long enough that we ought to know what works and what assessment criteria and protocols have been agreed on.

Or are we just pursuing the strategy of ready, fire, aim?

City Council candidates' views on education: James Williams

By the Notebook on Mar 23, 2015 09:52 AM

On May 19, Philadelphians will hit the polls to winnow the field of City Council at-large candidates. Out of 28 declared candidates, only seven will be elected in November (including at least two from a minority party). Each party can run five candidates in the general election. The Notebook reached out to the candidates, asking their opinions on the election's most gripping issue: education.

Where do candidates stand on the School Reform Commission's decision to approve five new charter school applications? Whose job is it to find more money for public schools, the city's or the District's? Absent an agreement with the teachers' union, do they think the SRC is right to pursue concessions through the courts? And finally, what ideas do they have for how the District can fix its financial problems?

Duncan visits Philly to press for governor's education plan

By Bill Hangley Jr. for NewsWorks on Mar 20, 2015 07:48 PM

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Philadelphia today to stump for Gov. Wolf's education budget, which he says could turn around the prospects of a state that ranks "dead last" when it comes to equitable school funding.

Wolf and advocates push for big ticket high-quality preschool in Pa.

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 20, 2015 07:47 PM

Early childhood advocates are asking families across Pennsylvania to scrounge through their couch cushions on behalf of high-quality preschool programs.

Advocates hope that Pennies 4 Pre-K, a new initiative by advocacy group Pre-K for PA, will draw attention to a much larger pot of funding that could be headed their way: $120 million in Gov. Wolf's proposed education budget.

City councilman targets 'mega nonprofits'

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Mar 20, 2015 06:00 PM

A Philadelphia city councilman is trying to convince nonprofit organizations to give payments in lieu of taxes, known as PILOTS. 

City Council candidates' views on education

By the Notebook on Mar 20, 2015 11:25 AM

On May 19, Philadelphians will hit the polls to winnow the field of City Council at-large candidates. Out of 28 declared candidates, only seven will be elected in November (including at least two from a minority party). Each party can run five candidates in the general election. The Notebook reached out to the candidates, asking their opinions on the election's most gripping issue: education.

A commitment to education that spans generations

By Shannon Nolan on Mar 20, 2015 11:17 AM

For Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, a Notebook co-founder and current member, working in education is more than her profession. It’s personal. Some might say it’s in her DNA.

Nichols-Solomon says her mother, Mamie Nichols, a community activist and education enthusiast, was her neighborhood’s source of education information back in a time before online news. She grew up knowing that education was important and that parents had a role to play in it.

City Council candidates' views on education: Kristin Combs

By the Notebook on Mar 20, 2015 10:14 AM

On May 19, Philadelphians will hit the polls to winnow the field of City Council at-large candidates. Out of 28 declared candidates, only seven will be elected in November (including at least two from a minority party). Each party can run five candidates in the general election. The Notebook reached out to the candidates, asking their opinions on the election's most gripping issue: education.

Where do candidates stand on the School Reform Commission's decision to approve five new charter school applications? Whose job is it to find more money for public schools, the city's or the District's? Absent an agreement with the teachers' union, do they think the SRC is right to pursue concessions through the courts? And finally, what ideas do they have for how the District can fix its financial problems?

Pa. charter schools wary of the fine print in Wolf's budget

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 10:12 PM

Cautious optimism flutters in the hearts of Pennsylvania educators, but less so among the state's charter schools.

Gov. Wolf's first budget proposal showed an intention to invest substantially in public education.

Arise Academy charter will close in June

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 19, 2015 10:09 PM

Arise Academy, a charter school founded to educate children in the foster care system, will close its doors in June after six years of struggling to serve its difficult population and meet the requirements set out as a condition of its continued operation.

Should Pa. schools expect a big boost in funding? Depends on whom you ask

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 04:44 PM

Superintendents may get whiplash from trying to keep up with what Harrisburg wants them to do with proposed state funding. A partisan battle is heating up over state education dollars that school districts don't have -- and may not even see.

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