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City's Promise Zone gets 290K from federal grant. Daily News
Talks but no progress for Wolf, GOP. Inquirer
Teachers union blasts state evaluation system. Post-Gazette
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale gives fiscal advice for the state. York Daily Record
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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."
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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.