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By Lauren Wiley on Jul 7, 2015 09:15 AM

The Notebook is closing in on our $45,000 fundraising goal. Help us today by joining as a member or renewing your membership with a donation of $40 or more. The first two readers who join or renew will each receive a pair of tickets to the Franklin Institute's Art of the Brick exhibit.

Mayor, Council, PFT, District, charters join in asking state for new funds

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 2, 2015 05:10 PM

Putting aside their usual bickering over what the School District deserves and how it spends its money, the city's key education players sent a joint letter to the Philadelphia legislative delegation Thursday "in unified support of restoring critically needed state funds" that will benefit students. 

How did Superintendent Hite fare on his performance review?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 2, 2015 03:04 PM

William Hite, nearing the end of his third year as superintendent, got positive marks from the School Reform Commission in his annual performance review.

He was eligible for a $60,000 bonus, but declined to take it, citing the District's budget woes.

Out-of-school resource center leaves Penn for new home

By Michaela Ward on Jul 2, 2015 12:55 PM

After being housed at the University of Pennsylvania for almost 12 years, the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) has found a new home.  

On July 1, the center moved most of its programming from Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice to Foundations Inc., an education nonprofit in Mount Laurel, N.J. 

Paul Kihn, Hite's deputy, leaving District

By the Notebook on Jul 1, 2015 06:51 PM

Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn, the District's second-ranking official, is leaving his position in three weeks, spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed on Wednesday.

Kihn, who earned $210,000 a year, is leaving for personal reasons. His wife took a job in Washington, D.C. He had been cutting back his time in the office and telecommuting at least one day a week. The couple have two small children.

Philadelphia's universal pre-K commission begins work

By Bill Hangley for NewsWorks on Jul 1, 2015 11:25 AM

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.

School District passes an austere – but hopeful – budget

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Jul 1, 2015 08:15 AM

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 set to adopt budget considerably smaller than what it sought

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 30, 2015 05:06 PM

Updated | 6 p.m. 

The School Reform Commission will vote Thursday on a 2015-16 budget of $2.8 billion, while giving Superintendent William Hite authorization to spend $2.67 billion of that pending the state's completion of its own highly contentious budget.

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