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Contemplating Philly's portfolio school model after a year of closures, openings

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jun 25, 2015 03:35 PM

Philadelphia's public education strategy rests heavily on offering a wide variety of schools and school operators from which families can choose. At first glance, having these rich options seems like a no-brainer.

Pa. House advances bill aimed at weakening teacher seniority

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jun 24, 2015 04:25 PM

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would partially undo the state's seniority protections for teachers, while also allowing school districts to make layoffs for financial reasons – a practice that is now barred.

The bill would allow school districts to ignore seniority when deciding to lay off the small minority of the state's teachers who have below proficient ratings.

Silhouettes and stereotypes: KCAPA students explore identity through public art

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Jun 17, 2015 10:01 AM

Sometimes art is a vehicle for sharing an idea with others. Other times, the act of making it shows you something about yourself.

More than 70 students at Kensington's High School for the Creative & Performing Arts have spent months working on a series of pieces -- poems, essays, videos, and photographs -- tackling the topic of teen identity.

Pitching plan for education funding, Wolf visits Upper Darby school

By Bill Hangley Jr. for NewsWorks on May 22, 2015 10:57 AM

Gov. Wolf says a vote for his education budget will be a vote for lower property taxes in Pennsylvania.

But while Republicans say they would welcome the tax relief, they're not sold on the governor's plan to increase spending overall.

State pension crisis: How did we get here?

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on May 19, 2015 09:45 AM

Pick your favorite issue or cause in Pennsylvania: public education, services for the poor, tax breaks for businesses.

Chances are, there's going to be less money for any of these moving forward because the state's public employee pension bill is growing exponentially, with a current unfunded liability of $53 billion.

Waiting for fair-funding formula, Pa. school leaders assess disparities

By Sara Hoover for NewsWorks on May 1, 2015 02:07 PM

When it comes to disparities in school funding, Pennsylvania is leading the country.

Community members gathered Wednesday in the Springfield High School auditorium in Delaware County to hear about the imbalance that has wealthier districts getting more state funds than poorer ones.

Scholarships funded through tax credits lift some, raise questions for others

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Apr 24, 2015 09:42 AM

One night in March, Kristen Lewis was working her cell phone as one of about 50 volunteers for the Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia. They were calling families to let them know they had won a scholarship to take their kids out of low-performing public schools and put them in private or religious schooling.

In between calls, she got a call from a blocked number.

Which mayoral candidate would best improve city schools?

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Apr 16, 2015 04:54 PM

Philadelphia's future depends in large part on developing a public school system that can serve the city's large economically disadvantaged population while attracting middle-class families that will expand its tax base.

Nutter's team blasts candidates on school funding ideas, pushes tax hike

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Apr 14, 2015 05:55 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter has made headlines recently for blasting the field of candidates running to take his job.

Specifically, he says that all of their plans to meet the School District's funding needs are "bogus."

'School Play' spotlights Pennsylvania's education funding quandary

By Peter Crimmins for NewsWorks on Apr 8, 2015 10:40 AM

A play about the current state of Pennsylvania public schools will premiere at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this week.

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