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City Council approves ballot question on returning schools to local control

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Sep 18, 2014 03:50 PM

Philadelphia voters could have a question on the fall ballot asking if they want to dissolve the School Reform Commission and return oversight of the district to local control.

If approved, however, the referendum would not be binding.

SRC will vote on $18 million sale of 11 closed schools

By thenotebook on Sep 18, 2014 02:49 PM

The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote tonight at its monthly action meeting on the District's proposed sale of 11 former school buildings for a sum of $18 million, according to a preliminary list of meeting resolutions. 

Pa. audit expanded to review former education secretary

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Sep 17, 2014 06:19 PM

An ongoing audit of Pennsylvania's Department of Education will now also look into certain employees, including Ron Tomalis, the former secretary and special adviser to the governor who resigned under a cloud of criticism in August.

Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the state's top fiscal watchdog, said Wednesday that the in-progress audit would review special advisers, contractors, and short-term employees.

Penn donates computers to Robeson High

By Payne Schroeder on Sep 17, 2014 02:54 PM

Several students and faculty members from Paul Robeson High School traveled to the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday to pick up a much-needed donation of computer equipment.

Penn donated about 90 computers to the West Philadelphia school, mostly Dells and a few Macs, as well as hard drives, monitors, and projectors. The new equipment will replace the school’s older fleet of computers, which are running outdated versions of operating systems, like Windows XP, Windows 2000, or open-source freeware. 

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