Students gathered at the School District's headquarters late Thursday afternoon to participate in a "die-in" to protest the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. They also honored the death of Laporshia Massey, a Philadelphia student who died last year after suffering an asthma attack in school, where no nurse was on duty.
The Notebook launched in 1994 as a newspaper committed to ensuring quality and equity in Philadelphia public schools. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first publication earlier this year. We are featuring an article from our archives each week, shedding light on both the dramatic changes that have taken place in public education and the persistent issues facing Philadelphia's school system.
This piece is from the Summer 2003 print edition:
by Paul Socolar
What do the leaders of five private educational management organizations (EMOs) now running Philadelphia schools have in common? One thing is that they all gave money to powerful local politicians.
To maintain the same "insufficient" progams being offered this year, the Philadelphia School District says it will need an additional $30 million in new, recurring revenues for next school year.
By 2018-19, the District says it'll need an additional $152 million to avoid cutting back even further.
North Philadelphia's Wakisha Charter School is closing its doors Friday, only the second charter school in Philadelphia history to do so in the middle of a school year. Wakisha was supposed to close Dec. 23, but last week the school's administration stopped classes and moved up the last day to Dec. 19.
SRC adopts 5-year financial plan. Daily News
Palumbo lives matter. South Philly Review