It's been a bumpy start to classroom instruction in the Philadelphia School District.
Between holidays and days off during the papal visit, by the end of September, kids will have had only 11 days of classes.
With Columbus Day sailing on the horizon, the city's District schools have only three full five-day weeks before Thanksgiving.
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Chad Kenney is hearing arguments on a state-led plan to fix the Chester Upland School District's long-standing budget woes.
Without the plan, according to Gov. Wolf and other proponents, the district will not have enough money to operate for full school year and may not open on Sept. 2.
Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Education shared preliminary test data for its new, Common Core-aligned tests -- and the results weren't pretty.
As a result, some area school districts are lobbying Harrisburg to dial back the number and consequences of standardized tests, sooner rather than later.
In the old Kensington High School building, two distinct schools have their own budgets, principals and classes. There's even a physical barrier, a kind of wall between the two spaces.
Essence Whiting, a rising sophomore at one of the schools, Kensington Urban Education Academy, said there are doors in the wall, but students stay on their own sides. She said she prefers Kensington Urban -- which has just over 300 students -- and relationships she has there over her old middle school, where the grades were three times as large.
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has fined the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers $1,500 for contributions to City Council candidate Helen Gym in violation of the city's campaign finance law.
Political committees are permitted to give candidates for municipal office no more than $11,500 per year. The board found (and the PFT admitted) that the union's political committee gave Gym's campaign twice that, routing a second contribution through the committee of the American Federation of Teachers' Pennsylvania chapter.
A top Republican lawmaker suggested Monday that Pennsylvania may need a short-term budget as a compromise on a full spending plan proves elusive.
"The Senate Republicans [and] the House Republicans don't want to see services for the most vulnerable in the commonwealth ... held up," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as he emerged from a private meeting with Gov. Wolf, a Democrat.
Democratic Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania isn't ruling out a switch to 401(k)-style retirement plans for future state and school employees.