Philadelphia's push to make high-quality preschool available citywide has taken another step with the inaugural meeting of the Mayor's Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten.
The 17-member commission, established by a voter referendum in May, now faces a long list of questions, including where preschool programs should be located and who should be hired to provide them.
With a final budget from Harrisburg missing in action, the Philadelphia School District adopted its own budget just before the final deadline.
At a relatively brief School Reform Commission meeting, the District's chief financial officer, Matthew Stanski, laid out the budget's premise: "We will need at least $18 million from the state in order to maintain, as we like to say, the inadequate, status quo budget levels that our schools are currently operating under."
SRC adopts budget, but questions remain. Inquirer
New Commission on Universal Pre-K launched. Daily News
Philly’s Tax Lien Sale Sucked. Philly Mag
What happens without a state budget? Post-Gazette
Even vocational high schools are pushing kids to go to college. Hechinger Report
Achieving greater parent and caregiver involvement for students receiving behavioral health treatment services is a main goal for behavioral health workers and the School District in the coming school year.
In this Q&A with the Notebook, Kamilah Jackson, deputy chief medical officer of child and adolescent services at Community Behavioral Health, the city’s mental health agency; and Valarie Oulds, program manager at the department, discuss a pilot behavioral health treatment service funded primarily by Medicaid. Starting in five elementary schools in the fall, the new program will hire parents who have experience navigating the behavioral health system themselves.
Substitute teachers angry with company. Daily News
Countdown to a clash over Pennsylvania budget. Morning Call
School funding formula will boost Pa. economy. Philly.com
Michelle Gunderson used to look forward to her weekly training sessions about how to work with struggling readers.
One morning per week, she and her fellow first-grade teachers at Nettelhorst Elementary School in Chicago would cycle through each other’s classrooms to discuss useful strategies and to see up close the visual aids that others were using.
The Mount Airy Schools Coalition announced a new neighborhood-wide early literacy campaign last week, with the goal of having all students reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
The campaign, called Mount Airy Reads, is funded in large part by a $245,000 grant from the Lenfest Foundation. The money will provide five elementary schools -- A.B. Day, Emlen, C.W. Henry, Houston, and Lingelbach -- with books, professional development, and teacher coaching.
The ABCs of school-funding formulas. Inquirer
Throw-away society: School dumpsters bulging at year's end. Intelligencer
The country's largest educational technology conference kicks off this weekend, with roughly 18,000 educators, vendors, and advocates set to convene here for four-plus days of swapping classroom strategies, playing with gadgets, and diving into the sweeping policy changes that are reshaping digital learning in K-12 schools.
Among the big themes: the importance of shared responsibility when it comes to effectively integrating technology into the classroom.
Pennsylvania’s education workforce has declined by more than 20,000 as a result of inadequate state funding and rising state mandates. A recent budget survey found that more than 40 percent of the state's school districts plan further staff reductions in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Rather than attack the core issue -- that the state has one of the nation’s most inadequate and chaotic school funding systems -- some Harrisburg legislators are fixated on a further hollowing-out of our public schools.
Sponsored by State Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland), House Bill 805, which passed the State House on a mainly party-line vote on Tuesday, would scrap longstanding policy that requires school districts to base furlough decisions on reverse order of teacher seniority. Instead, districts would be compelled to make personnel decisions based on teachers' most recent performance evaluations.
Olney Charter teachers protest layoffs. Daily News
STEM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, is a big buzzword in education.
It's also a main selling point for the expansion of one of the School District of Philadelphia's elite magnet schools, George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science, down into the 7th and 8th grades.
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