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Nutter proposes extra $105 million annually for Philadelphia schools

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 5, 2015 11:34 PM

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.

Philly School District vs. ASPIRA: Second warning for charter

By Bill Hangley for NewsWorks on Mar 5, 2015 07:33 PM

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.

Philly mayoral candidates react to Nutter's budget proposal

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Mar 5, 2015 04:59 PM

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.

A survey: Tell us about the educational technology at your school

By Paul Socolar on Mar 5, 2015 01:21 PM

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.

Williams wants to devote greater portion of Philly taxes to schools

By Katie Colaneri for NewsWorks on Mar 5, 2015 01:08 PM

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.

Notes from the news, Mar. 5

By thenotebook on Mar 5, 2015 09:08 AM

Hite Action Plan 3.0 focuses on equity, reallocating dollars. Notebook

Hite's plan for schools echoes Wolf's call for equity, more funding. NewsWorks

Hite outlines plan focused on student equity, improved service. Daily News

Philadelphia School District Rolls Out Latest Action Plan. 6ABC

Philadelphia Schools Chief Hite Plans More Focus On Neighborhood Schools. CBSPhilly 

Hite: Money not enough-Phila. schools must change. Inquirer

Nutter proposes 9.34% property-tax hike to help fund schools. Daily News

Mayor Nutter Seeking 9 Percent Property Tax Hike to Fund Schools. NBC10

Property tax increase said to be part of Nutter's budget. NewsWorks

The Brief: Mayor Nutter's Last Tax Hike Is a Whopper. Philadelphia Magazine

Williams proposes plan for Phila. schools. Inquirer

Critics say Williams' plan for school funding falls short. Daily News

School officials hopeful of seeing increases in education funding under Wolf plan. Trib Total Media

Charter school advocates think Gov. Tom Wolf is out to shut their schools down. Penn Live

Pennsylvania House passes bill to tweak charter school rules. AP

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

Mixing history, literature in study of city's 1793 yellow fever epidemic. NewsWorks

New media program launch: YearbookPHL. Philadelphia Student Union 

News summary from Keystone State Education Coalition 


Hite's plan for schools echoes Wolf's call for equity and more funding

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 03:22 PM

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.

Property tax increase said to be part of Nutter's budget

By Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 03:03 PM

Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter will make his budget address tomorrow, and sources tell NewsWorks that he will call for increasing property taxes.

The School District is asking for more than $100 million in new funding, so that may explain why Nutter will ask for a 9 percent property tax increase.

Mixing history, literature in study of city's 1793 yellow fever epidemic

By Jessica McDonald for NewsWorks on Mar 4, 2015 12:31 PM

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.

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