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What it takes to run the School District's IT department

By Marcus McMcarthy for Technically Philly on Mar 27, 2015 10:39 AM

There’s a lot of color in Scott Fry’s life.

He’s the manager of network operations at the School District of Philadelphia, one of the country’s biggest school districts. And for all the budget battles and bureaucratic blockades, somebody has to keep the servers running, the Internet connected, and administrative IT services in place.

Paying for high-quality pre-K is cast as investment in Pa.'s future

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 26, 2015 08:31 PM

One Wednesday morning at the Paley Early Learning Center in Northeast Philadelphia, 4-year-old Quincy was learning how to write the letter 'L'. Tracing arrows with his finger, he repeated after his teacher the different parts of the letter: a long line and a short line.

Wolf challenges Pa. schools to cut overhead

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 26, 2015 09:46 AM

School districts across Pennsylvania have consistently made budget cuts for the last five years, and Gov. Wolf is challenging them to find more.

The good, the bad, and the buggy: Technology in Philly schools

By the Notebook on Mar 25, 2015 05:53 PM

For the first time, the Notebook focused an edition on education technology.

Our main findings: Some Philadelphia schools have pioneered technology use in several ways. But its overall use is spotty, often dependent on school leadership, teacher training and buy-in, and overall District stability.

Four schools nab $375K in PSP grants

By Neema Roshania for NewsWorks on Mar 25, 2015 04:44 PM

Philadelphia School Partnership is awarding a total of $375,000 in grants to three Philadelphia District schools and one Catholic school.

Mayoral hopefuls debate education at South Philly elementary school

By Dave Heller and Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 25, 2015 04:33 PM

WHYY education reporter Kevin McCorry sits down with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to talk about Tuesday's mayoral forum on public education.

The Democratic candidates for Philadelphia mayor debated perhaps the most important issue in this year's race Tuesday night: public education.

Wolf says school ratings should be less tied to tests

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 04:04 PM

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf intends to steer the state away from school accountability measures that he says place too great an emphasis on standardized test scores.

Mayoral candidates to discuss education at forum tonight

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 12:41 PM

Considering that education sits atop voter-issue lists going into the May 19 primaries, it's no surprise that most of the announced Democratic candidates for mayor will attend tonight's public forum at the G.W. Childs School, 16th and Wharton Streets.

'Friends of' groups band together to support neighborhood schools

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 09:31 AM

Marketing and fundraising. These are just two things that the newly minted Friends of Neighborhood Public Education wants to do on behalf of Philadelphia's neighborhood schools, which sometimes get a bad rap.

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?

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