Mayor Nutter has released a report that sums up his administration's accomplishments over the last six years and lays out priorities for the remaining two.
In education, the mayor says that Philadelphia increased its contribution to city schools by $155 million since 2010 to help alleviate the District's fiscal turmoil.
After losing two dozen schools last year -- on top of six in 2012 -- the School District of Philadelphia won't be seeing any closings in 2014.
Superintendent William Hite announced Friday afternoon that the District would not be proposing any school closures this year.
Some education activists want the Philadelphia School Partnership to know that for this holiday season transparency would be the best gift of all.
Donning red winter hats, members of the activist group Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools attempted Wednesday afternoon to enter PSP's office near Fifth and Chestnut Streets. They were armed with a set of demands for the influential nonprofit organization, whose growing role as a major funder and private player in the city's public school system they see as more of a problem than a solution.
Call it the three Rs of student engagement: respect, rigor, and relevance.
At the School Reform Commission meeting Monday evening, a group of high school students led more than 150 of their peers in a series of roundtable discussions intended to gather thoughts on what the District can do to keep its students motivated, challenged, and in school.
After the two-hour session, an upbeat Superintendent William Hite said that he had observed three demands consistently throughout the evening’s discussions: Respect the students. Provide them with rigorous experiences. Make learning relevant.
Among school districts with more than 100,000 students, Philadelphia ranks second in the nation -- behind only Detroit -- in the percentage of students who are enrolled in charter schools.
According to the latest report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, an advocacy group, slightly more than one in four students attending publicly funded schools in Philadelphia were in charters last year. In Detroit, half the students attended charter schools.
Among all districts in the country, Philadelphia ranks in the top 10, tied with Dayton and Indianapolis at 28 percent. The Dayton district has a total of about 22,000 students, and Indianapolis has about 42,000. The district with the highest proportion of students in charters is New Orleans, with 79 percent, or four in five students, attending charters last year out of about 46,000 students total.