OK, let's get right to the looming question: Did Gov. Corbett cut a billion dollars from public, K-12 education?
That question can be answered in different ways. It all depends on what you count, and how you count it.
If you say yes, Corbett did cut the money, here's how your logic goes, as put together by Democrat Tom Wolf.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers won a favorable ruling Monday in city Common Pleas Court in its fight with the School Reform Commission.
On Oct. 6, the SRC unilaterally terminated the PFT contract and imposed health care changes that it said would provide schools more than $50 million in additional resources this year.
On Friday, the PFT filed several legal rebuttals, including a request that the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas grant a temporary injunction in the case.
For nearly three hours Thursday night, the School Reform Commission listened to harsh and bitter criticism of its move last week to cancel its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and unliaterally change health benefits for the union's 11,500 members.
Holding a brand-new book and poster freshly autographed by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, young Kazir got to talking Wednesday morning about why he loves reading.
Among two dozen students in the Prince Hall Elementary School library for the "READ! By 4th Campaign" literacy event, the youngster said that good books often offer quality life lessons.
"Dictionaries. Other large books," he mentioned of things he's read. "One book taught me how to drive a car."
That's when Kazir's second-grade friend Jeremiah had heard enough.
The national spotlight is once again shining on the student editors of Neshaminy High School and, specifically, the word Redskins.
Some of the country's top journalism groups are rounding up support for the Bucks County teens who vowed last fall not to print the name of Neshaminy's decades-old mascot because they found it outdated and offensive.
With resources stripped to bare-bones levels, parents in the Philadelphia School District filed more than 800 complaints last year with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The office has not investigated the claims, and last month the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on behalf of seven parents and the advocacy group Parents United for Public Education in an attempt to compel action.
On Friday, acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq petitioned the court to dismiss the case.
It may be a case of putting the cart before the horse, but a Philadelphia councilman is proposing requirements for a city school board.
The proposal is taking shape even though there's no sign that the state will return the Philadelphia School District to local control.
Visualizing a board made up mostly of education experts, Councilman David Oh said he would also like to include several members elected from the public as part of his charter change request.
Early in the morning, before anyone else arrived at Communications Technical High School, Barbara McCreery would sit in her office as principal and redo some of her students' standardized test booklets – 15 at a time, she says, with an answer key in hand.