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Filmmakers to bring film, discussion of college access to Philly

By David Limm on Apr 7, 2015 12:08 PM

To be the first in a family to attend college is a breakthrough moment that can help secure a student's financial future and end a cycle of poverty. But for many low-income students, the process proves too foreign, the hurdles too high to overcome.

Mayor releases city's plan for helping young men of color succeed

By David Limm on Mar 31, 2015 06:05 PM

Mayor Nutter today presented the steps the city is taking to unstack the deck for young men of color by expanding educational opportunities.

A new report, released by the Mayor's Office, lays out how the city of Philadelphia plans to take on the challenge set forth by My Brother's Keeper, a national campaign launched by the White House last fall and focused on breaking down barriers for Black and Hispanic youth.

A startling proposition: $25 million to add more charters

By David Limm on Feb 4, 2015 09:15 PM

The Philadelphia School Partnership has laid down a startling proposition before the financially starved School District. If the School Reform Commission approves up to 15,000 new charter school seats over the next three years, the influential school reform group will fund the expansion to the tune of $25 million -- and throw in $10 million for the District.

School District lacked authority to cancel teachers' contract, court rules

By David Limm and audio by Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Jan 22, 2015 11:33 AM

Updated | 6:30 p.m.

In a decision Thursday morning, Commonwealth Court ruled that the School District of Philadelphia lacked the authority to cancel the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' contract when the School Reform Commission voted last fall to do so and to impose new health care terms on the union.

The ruling, a victory for the PFT, bars the District from restructuring the collective bargaining agreement between the teachers' union and the School District and sends the issues back to the negotiating table.

Study looks at question of local governance for Philly schools

By David Limm on Jan 15, 2015 03:39 PM

Is it time to abolish the School Reform Commission?

Lately, the topic has made its way from the parlor chatter of policy wonks to the eyes and ears of an education-minded public.

And state and city officials, too, have taken recent actions toward stripping control from the appointed five-member board that has presided over the School District of Philadelphia since the state took over more than a decade ago.


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