We Philadelphians have a special kind of love for this old city. It is a love rooted in family, food, neighborhoods, and, yes, our schools. As a “lifer” in the Philadelphia School District, from 1999 to 2012, I have a vested interest in its future.
Over the last two years, I’ve observed the District’s budget crisis from the comfort of my computer screen in my dorm room at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But this past May I traveled 400 miles back home and took action alongside hundreds of other Philadelphians who refuse to accept the meager hand being dealt to Philly students.
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"Transportation is a privilege, not a right," says the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Last week, the Philadelphia School District announced that 7,500 fewer high school kids would be so honored.
The move came as the District announced that it would close its $81 million budget gap with a mishmash of cuts and hopes.
The end of summer approaches, with the first day of school inching closer. Parents and guardians should make sure students are registered at their assigned schools before the official start of the year on Sept. 8.
Now until Sept. 5, registration for students in the Philadelphia School District is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Registration is closed on weekends and for Labor Day observance on Sept. 2.
Traditional public schools and charter schools don't have the same rules when it comes to teacher certifications, but one new proposal would bring the two types of schools a little closer together.
All professional staff at traditional public schools in Pennsylvania are required to be certified by the state. Contrast that with charter and cyber-charter schools, which are only required to have 75 percent of their teachers state-certified.
Forthcoming legislation from State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-Montgomery, would increase that requirement to 80 percent.