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Wolf says school ratings should be less tied to tests

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 04:04 PM

Pennsylvania's Gov. Wolf intends to steer the state away from school accountability measures that he says place too great an emphasis on standardized test scores.

Mayoral candidates to discuss education at forum tonight

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Mar 24, 2015 12:41 PM

Considering that education sits atop voter-issue lists going into the May 19 primaries, it's no surprise that most of the announced Democratic candidates for mayor will attend tonight's public forum at the G.W. Childs School, 16th and Wharton Streets.

Should Pa. schools expect a big boost in funding? Depends on whom you ask

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 19, 2015 04:44 PM

Superintendents may get whiplash from trying to keep up with what Harrisburg wants them to do with proposed state funding. A partisan battle is heating up over state education dollars that school districts don't have -- and may not even see.

Hite talks tax increases, 'Friends of' groups, and his own tenure

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 04:43 PM

In each of the last few years, the Philadelphia School District has asked the city and state governments to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.

The District has said that the increased funding would allow it to greatly increase educational outcomes for the city's children.

Monitoring social media for PARCC test cheating in NJ: 'Creepy' or necessary?

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 02:04 PM

Social media monitoring by Pearson, the London-based company that runs PARCC testing in New Jersey, has tipped administrators off in some North Jersey school districts to students who might be cheating on the tests.

But it's the monitoring itself that now has some parents worried.

Wolf plan would cap school districts' 'rainy day' surplus at 4 percent

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Mar 17, 2015 10:24 AM

Gov. Wolf wants to cut property taxes and keep them low, but not just by shoveling more state aid toward Pennsylvania's school districts – his proposal would also attach more strings to their taxing power.

Analysis questions validity of Pa.'s School Performance Profile ratings

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on Mar 13, 2015 03:57 PM

Everyone wants to know how schools are doing -- parents, teachers, taxpayers. Schools' performance is followed closely, but the measures used to rank schools may not be well-understood.

A new analysis shows the metrics used may actually measure poverty rather than academic performance.

After 13 years of service learning, buildOn is leaving Philly schools

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 11, 2015 10:25 AM

Football. Debate team. Theater. High school students flock to extracurricular projects that mold their identities. For the last 13 years, hundreds of Philadelphia high school students have had another option: buildOn.

As new SRC chair, Neff plans to continue teamwork

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 3, 2015 10:50 AM

Gov. Wolf called -- and Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner Marjorie Neff answered.

Neff replaced Bill Green, an appointee of former Gov. Tom Corbett, as chair of the SRC, a position with responsibilities such as setting the agenda for meetings and signing all School District contracts.

Mayoral candidates stand by Wolf's SRC switch-up

By Katie Colaneri for NewsWorks on Mar 2, 2015 09:49 PM

As Bill Green vows to fight Gov. Wolf's decision to remove him as chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, most of the candidates running for mayor of Philadelphia are standing by the governor.

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