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Election 2014: A look at Corbett and Wolf on education

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 21, 2014 05:12 PM

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.

Judge blocks SRC-ordered health care changes for teachers' union

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 20, 2014 06:15 PM

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.

SRC listens to anger for hours, after thousands protest contract cancellaton

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 16, 2014 11:37 PM

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. 

Eagles player promises ice-cream party if West Oak Lane students read regularly

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Oct 16, 2014 10:04 PM

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.

Journalists back Neshaminy student paper's refusal to print mascot name

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Oct 15, 2014 10:51 AM

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.

Philly parents' complaints not about curriculum, argues Pa. education chief

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 14, 2014 06:02 PM

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.

What are parents saying about termination of Philly teachers' contract?

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 7, 2014 07:28 PM

By unanimously voting to terminate the Philadelphia teachers' union contract Monday, the School Reform Commission sent shock waves throughout the city.

The move has gained bipartisan support from the likes of Democratic Mayor Nutter and Republican Gov. Corbett.

But not so from some of the very people the move is supposed to benefit.

Councilman proposes setting stage for local takeover of Philly schools

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Oct 3, 2014 03:59 PM

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.

From armed robbery to criminology

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 30, 2014 05:14 PM

When he was 35, Quaris Carter arrived in North Philadelphia as a stranger to the East Coast, carrying two garbage bags of clothes and barely a dime.

After more than three decades in Texas, he was just grateful for the chance to redefine his life.

"I actually sort of saw myself change," he said. "I started feeling free, like, I'm going somewhere new. It's a new start."

In cheating, principals cited intense pressure to raise scores

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 26, 2014 04:05 PM

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.

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