Still faced with a wide and persistent funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts, few advocates for public education funding in Pennsylvania are claiming victory in 2003's great state budget battle. But some are more upbeat about the new budget than others.
As the School Reform Commission (SRC) gears up this week to take action on the School District of Philadelphia's policy on selling sweetened beverages to students, a key national physicians' group has issued a statement urging districts nationwide to restrict student access to sweetened soft drinks.
Teachers at more Philadelphia schools have voted to make new teacher hiring decisions on the individual school level, rather than leaving it to the District's central office teacher placement process for next year.
New teachers will be hired using a site-based selection process at 43 schools for 2004-05, up from this year's 31 schools.