Paul Socolaron May 22, 2015 02:08 PM
The School District’s graduation rate is continuing on a decade-long upward climb, despite the deep cutbacks that have hit schools over the last four years.
On a small plot of land wedged between South Philadelphia High School's parking lot and the sidewalk, Arielle Narva works with a 17-year-old named Kahlil to turn over soil in raised garden beds.
"This bed that Kahlil is working on right now, he's kind of prepping it so we can plant tomatoes, hot peppers, all that summery stuff," said Narva.
In the Multiple Choices podcast, Keystone Crossroads senior education writer Kevin McCorry joins with Paul Socolar, publisher and editor of the Public School Notebook, and Notebook contributing editor Dale Mezzacappa to explain and explore the history, complexities and controversies of public education funding in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Wolf says a vote for his education budget will be a vote for lower property taxes in Pennsylvania.
But while Republicans say they would welcome the tax relief, they're not sold on the governor's plan to increase spending overall.
SRC approves another charter school. Inquirer
State pension crisis: Where do we go from here? NewsWorks/Notebook
On Thursday, the School Reform Commission approved a new K-4 KIPP charter school for West Philadelphia to open in 2016 and voted to transfer management of Young Scholars Frederick Douglass Charter School from Scholar Academies to Mastery.
The three-year KIPP charter was approved by a 3-1 vote, with SRC Chair Marjorie Neff dissenting. Commissioner Farah Jimenez recused herself due to a potential conflict of interest.
Umbrellas in hand, more than 50 people demonstrated outside School District headquarters Thursday against District plans to outsource school-based health services, a move that could further reduce the ranks of unionized school nurses.
Several speakers said that the proposal was nothing more than a union-busting move that would line the pockets of private health-care providers on the backs of children.
In researching our edition on "boosting graduation rates for all," the Notebook interviewed young people who had dropped out and were now reengaging in school. We asked why they left, why they returned, and what obstacles they face. Some described heartbreaking personal situations and herculean struggles. But all displayed hope and optimism about their futures. They were all eager to tell their stories.
Bill Hangley Jr.on May 21, 2015 11:20 AM
The faces of young Philadelphia can be found sitting around a table in the sunny classroom of a neighborhood high school.
There’s a young woman from Bangladesh who loves learning, but who just two years ago spoke hardly any English.
There’s a young African American man who wants to be doctor, whose uncle once told him that he wasn’t college material.