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Community group scrambles to file charter school application

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Sep 23, 2014 10:29 AM

A grassroots group in Northwest Philadelphia wants to transform Germantown High School into an independent charter school serving neighborhood students.

During a packed Monday night community meeting, Germantown High School Coalition members voted to submit a charter school application to the Philadelphia School District by the Nov. 15 deadline.

Pa. House passes $2-per-pack Philly cigarette tax on to Senate

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 22, 2014 06:19 PM

In a 114-84 vote, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives once again approved the $2-per-pack Philadelphia cigarette tax for city schools on Monday.

The measure could get a vote in the Senate as soon as Wednesday. Gov. Corbett has pledged to sign the bill upon passage.

The Philadelphia School District is counting on the cigarette tax to generate $49 million this fiscal year to avoid more than 1,000 layoffs that District officials warn would turn schools into "empty shells."

Interactive timeline: A summer of false starts, bluffs, and political theatre in Philly school funding

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 22, 2014 09:40 AM

 

Since last spring, District leaders have been sounding the alarm about this year's fiscal plight, but even after months of handwringing and headlines, schools have opened with less resources than last year.

Here, we take a look back on a summer of false starts, bluffs, and political theatre. 

Below, you can view a timeline of the summer's milestones – with links to archived articles – and also listen to a piece that allows the major players in the funding debate to tell the story in their own voices.

A look back at the first two weeks of classes

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 20, 2014 10:29 AM

The resource-starved Philadelphia School District has now finished its second full week of classes.

Pending deal on former Germantown High catches neighbors off guard

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Sep 19, 2014 05:07 PM

A grassroots group in Northwest Philadelphia says it will fight to bring education back to Germantown High School. But it may have to win over members of a Maryland-based development firm to do that.

SRC approves Germantown High School sale to Md. developers

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Sep 19, 2014 09:38 AM

The Concordia Group, a Maryland-based development firm, now has the opportunity to buy several Philadelphia School District properties, including the former homes of Germantown High School and nearby Robert Fulton Elementary.

On Thursday night, the School Reform Commission voted to allow Concordia and the District to begin the negotiation process for the sale of five shuttered school buildings.

Philly mayoral candidate wants to abolish SRC

By Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks on Sep 17, 2014 02:33 PM

Standing outside the headquarters of the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District, former city solicitor Ken Trujillo announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor — and that he wants to ax the School Reform Commission.

"We must end the state takeover of education in Philadelphia," Trujillo said. "It's time for the SRC to go!"

New online resource center aims to fill STEM mentorship gap

By Elana Gordon for NewsWorks on Sep 16, 2014 11:58 AM

Leaders across Philadelphia's public and private sectors have been scratching their heads over how to bring more low-income, female and minority students into the STEM careers -- science, technology, engineering, and math.

Hoping to expand access to these careers through a citywide mentoring initiative, Mayor Nutter announced the launch of a new online resource center and declared Monday to be "STEM Mentoring Day."

Corbett facing questions in Pa. House over education review

By Mary Wilson for New​sWorks on Sep 12, 2014 05:19 PM

Pennsylvania House lawmakers plan hearings to grill the Corbett administration on its plan to review state academic standards that implemented last March.

Gov. Corbett recently called for a review of the Pennsylvania Core Standards, so named because they blend national benchmarks called Common Core and objectives designed by commonwealth officials.

The confusion over education standards all goes back to their name, said State Rep. Seth Grove, R-York.

Brand-new teacher looks forward to Friday, and also to Monday

By Kimberly Haas for NewsWorks on Sep 11, 2014 07:51 PM

 

First-week jitters are the norm when starting a new job. And when it's your first job after finishing school, you want to give it your all.

That's the case with Katherine Teevan. In her first week at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia, she gave all her energy, enthusiasm ... and her voice to her new job as a second-grade teacher.

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