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Plaintiffs in school funding case file brief in Pa. Supreme Court

By David Limm on Sep 22, 2015 03:41 PM

Lawyers for plaintiffs in a case seeking to overturn Pennsylvania's system of funding schools as unconstitutional filed a brief with state Supreme Court on Friday.

The case, brought by several school districts, parents, and groups, was dismissed in April by Commonwealth Court judges, who ruled that school funding -- how much money is spent on education and how it is distributed -- is a matter for the state's legislative and executive branches to decide.

Nonrenewal hearing for a Renaissance charter

By David Limm on Sep 16, 2015 02:06 PM

Update: The School District announced Wednesday afternoon that the hearing on nonrenewal of Universal Bluford Academy will be rescheduled for October. A date has not been set.

A nonrenewal hearing will be held this week for one of the city's first schools to be "Renaissanced" under the District's turnaround model that converts neighborhood schools to charters.

On Sept. 17 and 18, the School Reform Commission will conduct a public hearing on the District's recommendation to begin nonrenewal proceedings for Universal Bluford Charter School, a K-6 school in West Philadelphia. Last year, the school enrolled 600 students.

District's bid to outsource substitute teachers falters

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 11, 2015 10:43 PM

The Philadelphia School District's push to outsource substitute teaching services has thus far been a major disappointment.

The Cherry Hill-based Source4Teachers promised to fill 90 percent of absences, but its rate through the first week of school hasn't come close.

Finding enough subs has been a problem for years in the District, where the fill-rate averaged about 60 percent. It was that number that pushed District leaders to sign a $34 million contract in June with Source4Teachers.

Waiver means no ratings for many Pa. schools this year

By David Limm on Sep 8, 2015 05:15 PM

After steep statewide drops in test scores that resulted from overhauled PSSA exams, Pennsylvania has been granted a one-year break from giving all schools an annual performance grade. 

Two more Philly educators disciplined in cheating investigation

By David Limm on Jul 23, 2015 03:55 PM

Two more Philadelphia educators have been disciplined in the multiyear investigation into cheating on the state's standardized tests.

Darlynn L. Gray, 54, a former principal of Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School, and Ellen Berson, 45, a former assistant principal at McDaniel, surrendered their educator's licenses earlier this year. 

They are alleged to have "violated the integrity and security of the PSSA exams," according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's list of teacher certification actions. 


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