Nutter calls for 9-percent property tax hike in budget. Philadelpiha Tribune
It's been a good week for Phila. schools. Inquirer
Does Michael Nutter's Property Tax Stand a Chance? Philadelphia Magazine
Editorial: Start with Nutter's idea. Inquirer
DN Editorial: Does $105 million = education? Daily News
Charter school advocates howling mad over Wolf's budget. Pennsylvania Independent
The Drama of the SRC. The Philadelphia Citizen
Rendell Center moves to Penn. Inquirer
A source of solace. South Philly Review
Between Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed state budget and Mayor Michael Nutter's proposal, the School District of Philadelphia could realize a revenue bump of $289 million next year.
Here's the math: $159 million in basic education and special education funding from the state, plus $25 million in savings from charter funding reform plus $105 million from Nutter's proposed budget.
That's nearly enough to hit the district's $309 million funding goal. But the state and city funding increases are contingent upon lawmakers agreeing to different and, in some cases, more taxes.
The Philadelphia School District is telling one of its largest charter school operators to shape up -- or risk losing one of its schools.
According to documents obtained by the Philadelphia Daily News, District officials want charter provider ASPIRA of Pennsylvania to meet 17 conditions if the nonprofit is to continue running John B. Stetson Charter School in North Philadelphia.
Before City Hall closed its doors early due to the snow on Thursday, Mayor Nutter proposed a budget that included a "9.34 percent property tax millage rate increase to raise $105 million to support Philadelphia school children." (Translation for the jargon-impaired: property-tax hike.)
You can read Nutter's full address via this PDF.
The Notebook's upcoming April edition will take a look at the state of educational technology in Philadelphia's public schools -- District and charter. It's the first time the Notebook has made technology the focus of an edition.
To inform our reporting, we are inviting teachers, school staff, parents, and others who are closely involved with schools to share their view of the technology situation at their schools by completing a quick informal survey.
As Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter plans to announce a 9 percent hike in property taxes to help raise $100 million for city schools, mayoral candidate and State Sen. Anthony Williams has come out with his own school-funding plan.
At a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Center City, his mother and first-grade teacher by his side, Williams outlined a plan that he says will bring $200 million to the District next year.
The Brief: Mayor Nutter's Last Tax Hike Is a Whopper. Philadelphia Magazine
School District to ASPIRA: Fix up your school. Daily News
Philadelphia public schools flush with shortages. Watchdog.org
Free community college could cost more than we think. Hechinger Report
New media program launch: YearbookPHL. Philadelphia Student Union
Two leaders with a passionate interest in education released documents that could provide guidance for fully funding Philadelphia's public schools.
The day after Gov. Wolf presented his proposed budget, Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite released his "Action Plan 3.0" Wednesday. The 50-plus page document spells out the superintendent's plan for overlapping "networks" of schools, with a focus on bringing more equity – and more revenue -- into the school system.
More than two centuries ago, an outbreak of yellow fever hit Philadelphia — then the largest city in the fledgling United States — and wiped out about 10 percent of the population. Now, one Philadelphia public school is using a young adult novel to share this piece of history and foster a love of reading.