In an email that went out today, the Philadelphia School District's Charter Office requested that new charter applicants sign a waiver giving the School Reform Commission until June 1 to vote on their applications. That's more than three months longer than allowed by Pennsylvania's Charter School Law. According to that law, the authorizing body — in this case the SRC — must vote on applications within 75 days of the first hearing. That deadline is in mid-February. The public is allowed to submit written comment until Feb. 1 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new program, Philly Artrepreneurs, gives students a way to use their art skills to fund their favorite charity. The program won $5,000 in a seed money competition this week.
Philly CORE Leaders, which funds innovative ideas for education in the city, hosted the annual event. The audience — made up of teachers, education leaders and community members — listened to entrepreneurs pitch ideas and then picked the winner out of five presenters.
Deadline to file public comment on new charter applications with the SRC is February 1. Email comments to: email@example.com— Philadelphia Schools (@PhillyEducation) January 29, 2015
Now that both rounds of hearings for 40 new charter school applicants are over, the School District posted the evaluations for the proposed schools today.
People can look through the reports and submit public comment by Sunday, Feb. 1, three days from now. Comments can be emailed, dropped off at District headquarters, or mailed.
Vera Primus breathed a sigh of relief late Wednesday morning before leaving a first-floor meeting room inside Philadelphia School District headquarters.
For nearly two hours, she and other members of a grassroots coalition had listened to comments and taken questions on the nearly 100-page application they had submitted for a new independent charter school in Germantown.
The clock is ticking.
By 2017, in order to graduate high school in Pennsylvania, students must pass three state standardized tests: algebra, literature, and biology.
Based on most recent student scores — especially in biology — if trends continue, Pennsylvania will soon see far fewer of its students walking down the aisle in cap and gown.
In order to preempt that scenario, State Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Dauphin) has introduced a bill that would repeal the state-mandated graduation requirement, leaving the decision to local school districts.
As part of a regular series leading up to Philadelphia's May 19 mayoral primaries, NewsWorks will pose a question of the declared candidates. Do you have a question? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural question comes from me ...
Question: My wife and I are currently in the process of determining where our 4-year-old son will go to kindergarten next school year.
Our catchment-zone school does not meet our expectations. We have entered several public (charter) school lotteries, but whether he will attend any of those is up to luck and chance.
One of Pennsylvania's most powerful state lawmakers says the actions of Philadelphia's City Council may put additional funding in jeopardy for the cash-strapped city School District.
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) criticized City Council's decision not to hold a hearing on Mayor Nutter's plan to sell the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works.
Nutter's proposed deal with UIL Holdings Corp. of Connecticut would have privatized the utility for $1.86 billion. A portion of those proceeds would have been used to reduce the city's unfunded pension liability.
"Grit" has in recent years captivated the imagination of educators and policymakers, leading many to embrace the idea that schools should seek to cultivate in their students a set of personality traits demonstrated by researchers to be closely tied to academic and personal success.
Increasingly, though, critics are offering a different take, arguing that grit is a racist construct and has harmed low-income students by crowding out a focus on providing children with the supports they deserve and the more-flexible educational approach enjoyed by many of their more affluent counterparts.
That view was on full display Saturday at EduCon 2.7, a progressive education-technology conference being held in Philadelphia.