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.
The city of Philadelphia intends to borrow $30 million more to keep the schools afloat while the District awaits proceeds from the cigarette tax that was finalized Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Senate.
The city borrowed $27 million to help the District meet expenses for the fiscal year that ended in June. It agreed then to borrow $30 million more in September.
A grassroots group in Northwest Philadelphia wants to transform Germantown High School into an independent charter school serving neighborhood students.
During a packed Monday night community meeting, Germantown High School Coalition members voted to submit a charter school application to the Philadelphia School District by the Nov. 15 deadline.
In a 114-84 vote, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives once again approved the $2-per-pack Philadelphia cigarette tax for city schools on Monday.
The measure could get a vote in the Senate as soon as Wednesday. Gov. Corbett has pledged to sign the bill upon passage.
The Philadelphia School District is counting on the cigarette tax to generate $49 million this fiscal year to avoid more than 1,000 layoffs that District officials warn would turn schools into "empty shells."
Since last spring, District leaders have been sounding the alarm about this year's fiscal plight, but even after months of handwringing and headlines, schools have opened with less resources than last year.
Here, we take a look back on a summer of false starts, bluffs, and political theatre.
Below, you can view a timeline of the summer's milestones – with links to archived articles – and also listen to a piece that allows the major players in the funding debate to tell the story in their own voices.
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.
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.
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!"