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High school dropouts get reprieve at YouthBuild Philly graduation

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 29, 2014 04:59 PM

Alan Jacobs dropped out of Kensington high school at 16 and soon found himself locked up on a gun charge.

His mom, Emma Johnson, felt her son had completely lost control of his life.

"He wanted to stand on the corner and make fast money," said Johnson. "We talked to him, and we talked to him and he was just headstrong. He wanted the streets."

Wolf gets warm welcome from Philadelphia teachers

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 27, 2014 08:05 PM

Under a blazing August sun, Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf practiced the politics of friendly with red-shirted members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at Solis-Cohen Elementary School.

Union members, hoping that a Wolf win would translate into more school resources, posed for pictures and shook hands Wednesday with the man who current polling says will overtake Gov. Corbett in November.

City controller calls on District to display locked-away art

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Aug 27, 2014 04:36 PM

Philadelphia's city controller is calling on the School District to display some long-hidden works of art. Valuable pieces have been sitting in storage for years.

Controller Alan Butkovitz says the District should put on display about 200 pieces of art now in storage. The collection includes paintings by Thomas Eakins and N.C. Wyeth. Altogether, Butkovitz says, they could be worth $4 million to $8 million.

Philly families get help in search for quality preschools

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 27, 2014 02:37 PM

Parents searching for high-quality pre-kindergarten options for their children can be overwhelmed as they try to find a school they can trust.

On Tuesday, a coalition of nonprofit education advocacy organizations announced it will give parents a huge helping hand.

With the lead of the Philadelphia School Partnership, a new website is allowing parents to easily search and compare high-quality pre-K options. It can be accessed through, an existing site that evaluates K-12 options.

Judge: Boarding school at Girard College stays

By Dave Davies for NewsWorks on Aug 27, 2014 01:23 PM

A Philadelphia judge has put the brakes on plans by Girard College to suspend its high school and boarding programs next year in order to restore the school's finances.

Girard College is a unique institution in Philadelphia. Established by 19th-century merchant Stephen Girard, it offers a free education from 1st through 12th grades for kids of single parents at its 43-acre campus in North Philadelphia.

Schools again rely on first-time principals to overcome budget crisis

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 26, 2014 12:23 PM

"Why on earth would you want to work in the Philadelphia School District?"

It's the question the leader of city schools has been using to grill principal candidates all summer long.

MLK Cougars featured on ESPN's SportsCenter all week [video]

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Aug 25, 2014 01:30 PM

The Martin Luther King High School Cougars football team returns to the spotlight this week, when it will be featured in "Hell Week" segments on ESPN's SportsCenter program.

This comes a year after the team, which won its first ever Public League title in 2013, was featured in the documentary We Could Be King, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

What happens to free school lunches during summer break?

By Aaron Mendelson for WHYY/NewsWorks on Aug 22, 2014 02:53 PM

With school just a few weeks away, some kids are soaking up the final, carefree days of summer. Yet for many children, summer can mean going hungry.

Head of teachers' union holds outdoor 'office hours'

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Aug 22, 2014 09:27 AM

The head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers held office hours al fresco yesterday at School District headquarters.

Jerry Jordan had to stay past the two-hour window he allotted to talk to members of the teachers' union outside District headquarters. He says his members are frustrated and are hoping someone will help.

Woes of Philly schools cannot be overstated, Sen. Hughes declares

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Aug 21, 2014 07:40 PM

It's all been written before. The Philadelphia School District was in brutal financial shape last year.

Overfilled classrooms.

Guidance counselors and nurses nonexistent in schools on many days.

Cash available only for the barest of supplies and supports.

Still, "it needs to be discussed over and over and over again," said Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes at a Thursday news conference. "This is not how you achieve a 21st-century education."

Flanked by a teacher, a parent, a student, a building maintenance worker and his colleague State Sen.

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