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Mayor-elect Kenney pushes plan to create 25 community schools

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 23, 2015 06:48 PM

In his first major policy announcement since winning election, Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney formalized a campaign promise to create 25 "community schools" over the next four years.

Before a sea of schoolchildren and TV cameras in the gymnasium of North Philadelphia's Tanner Duckrey Elementary, Kenney told students Monday that the initiative would help give them "the ability to reach your potential in your life."

Research group calls for revisions to Pa. school quality index

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 23, 2015 09:41 AM

Does Pennsylvania's school rating system make the grade?

In a recent brief, Research for Action argues that the state's School Performance Profile index leaves much to be desired.

Marathon SRC meeting revolves around charter conversion proposals, renewals

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 20, 2015 09:30 AM

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission hosted a marathon meeting Thursday night featuring a slate of nearly 70 public speakers. The bulk of the testimony showcased opposition to the District's proposal to convert three of its elementary schools into neighborhood-based charters.

Changes to substitute teacher plan to be unveiled at SRC meeting

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Nov 19, 2015 09:38 AM

Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite intends to present a new plan for covering teacher vacancies after months of dissatisfaction with a New Jersey contractor hired to supply substitutes.

Source4Teachers of Cherry Hill was awarded the District contract to provide 75 percent of the teachers needed by the District on any given day. In September, its fill rate was only 11 percent. That's increased, but only slightly.

Pa. school officials lobby to keep taxing abilities

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Nov 16, 2015 03:07 PM

Tiny preschoolers and K-12 school students took Monday off to join school board members and exasperated parents calling for an end to Pennsylvania's budget impasse, as Gov. Wolf signaled that a budget deal wouldn't be ready before December.

Members of the advocacy coalition known as Campaign for Fair Education Funding fanned out throughout the Capitol building to meet individually with their lawmakers and ask for a finalized state budget.

After a scare, more details emerge in tentative budget deal

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 11, 2015 04:48 PM

After a scare Tuesday, leaders in the Pennsylvania Capitol said that the framework of a state budget agreement is still intact.

The tentative agreement includes a $400 million increase to K-12 public education this year.

Pa. budget framework supports major funding boost for public schools

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 9, 2015 10:04 PM

Sources in the Pennsylvania Capitol say that the framework reached Monday for a state budget agreement includes a $400 million increase to K-12 public education this year.

While $350 million would be funneled into the basic education subsidy, an additional $50 million would go to special education. Pre-K programming would also see a boost, but sources differed on the amounts.

The state's budget for higher education would increase by 5 percent.

Cybers appealing funding cuts in Chester

By Laura Benshoff for Newsworks on Nov 9, 2015 06:36 PM

Four cyber charters are appealing a case in Delaware County that reduced their funding for special education students last month.

In that decision, Judge Chad Kenney ruled that the Chester Upland School District could reduce special education tuition payments to all charters from $40,000 a student to just over $27,000.

Pa. considers revising vaccination requirements

By Taunya English for NewsWorks on Nov 6, 2015 03:02 PM

Pennsylvania schoolchildren who show up for classes without all their immunizations would have far less time to get up to date under a new proposal put forth by the state Department of Health.

There will be plenty of debate on the proposal in coming months, but Pennsylvania's health secretary said families should have five days – instead of eight months – to get school children vaccinated.

Mayor-elect Kenney revisits school to reiterate plan for citywide pre-K

By Katie Colaneri for NewsWorks on Nov 5, 2015 09:30 AM

The day after winning the Philadelphia mayor's race, Jim Kenney returned to a public elementary school that he had visited on the campaign trail. One kindergartner asked him a pretty pointed question: "What can mayors do for kids?"

"For kids? Our best," Kenney replied. "The best we can."

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