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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.

Philly parents file suit against Pa. Department of Education

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 10, 2014 01:47 PM

Overcrowded classrooms, a shortage of guidance counselors, a lack of proper coursework.

These are among the reasons parents in the Philadelphia School District filed a lawsuit this week in Commonwealth Court against the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Parent Tim Allen sent his son to Bodine High based on its reputation as a high-achieving magnet school with an international focus.

But budget cuts in the last few years slashed faculty to the point that the school had just one foreign language teacher and classroom overcrowding was widespread.

Pa. Republicans flog Corbett's Common Core call as politics, not policy

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 9, 2014 05:18 PM

Want to boil the blood of some Pennsylvania voters? Utter four words: "Common Core State Standards."

For those leery of all things federal, all things Obama, the push to align academic expectations on a consistent, nationwide basis causes heart rates to rise exponentially.

This week, Republicans in the Pennsylvania House are accusing Gov. Corbett, also a Republican, of preying on those fears in a political move during election season that they say undercuts sound policy.

Casey, nurses stress need for health professionals in schools

By Taunya English for NewsWorks on Sep 9, 2014 09:44 AM

With the deaths of two Philadelphia schoolchildren still in the news, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is proposing more funding for school nurses.

Facing tight budgets, the Philadelphia School District has trimmed its roster of school nurses.

Casey gathered health workers at 30th Street Station on Monday to make his case for enough funding to restore those ranks.

Students' voices are heard at a rally for more Pa. school funding

By Holly Otterbein for NewsWorks on Sep 8, 2014 04:49 PM

As Philadelphia students returned to school Monday, children's advocates rallied outside Gov. Corbett's Center City office to rebuke him for not spending more on education.

The city's public schools are opening with a scarcity of guidance counselors, nurses, and funding for supplies.

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