The School Reform Commission bought some time by delaying a vote on the district’s budget. But did it change the fundamental problems the district faces. Tom Ferrick writes about the hurdles that still must be overcome.
Council President Darrell Clarke is taking a lot of flak for his plan to split new tax revenue between the school district and the city’s pension fund. Solomon Jones comes to Clarke’s defense, saying it is just one part of a broader plan.
The four Democratic candidates for governor outdid themselves in promising more, more, more for public education if they are elected. As Tom Ferrick explains, promising is the easy part when it comes to the difficult and expensive issues surrounding state support for education.
If a Democrat beats Gov. Tom Corbett, how will he or she get their agenda through a conservative, Republican-controlled legislature? As Peter Durantine writes, it won’t be easy but it will help if the governor uses the playbook written by Gov. Ed Rendell. A “How to..” on getting things done in Harrisburg.
The Corbett administration is “pro-choice” when it comes to education, but refuses to give a dime to local districts to defray charter costs. Funding a fair share of these costs could ease the financial distress of Philadelphia’s public schools.
An examination of per pupil spending in Pennsylvania finds a wide gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. One surprise: Philadelphia is not anywhere near the bottom. Julia Bergman has the details.
Gratz High School was out of control when the School District handed it over to Mastery Charter to operate. Since then the climate at the school has improved, so has academic performance. Connie Langland examines how Mastery is making it work at Gratz.
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It wasn’t the final buzzer in the 2006 Philadelphia Public League championship that signaled the game was over. It was over moments after the first tip-off. The Simon Gratz Bulldogs came out of the gate firing, going up 14-4 over the Communications Technology High School. By halftime, Gratz was ahead by nine points. It began […]
Donna Cooper was a powerful insider in the Rendell administration, instrumental in adding money and programs to the education budget. Now, she is on the outside, working to restore aid to public schools. Julia Bergman profiles this veteran player turned advocate.
Push has come to shove in the labor dispute between the school district and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. The district Monday imposed new work rules on the teachers and said it would go to the state Supreme Court to settle the issue of its powers to impose the terms and conditions of a contract.
Temple University has a surprising goal: it wants to become a big-time football power. Officials at the school, never known for its football program, believe that building a winning team with a national ranking will attract dollars and students. Joe Cranney and Evan Cross report on Temple’s big dream.
Will someone please step forward and help Jerry Jordan out of his misery? The head of the teachers union is in an impossible position when it comes to contract talks with the school district. The only way out is for the district to impose terms on his union. Tom Ferrick explains Jordan’s dilemma.
Bill Green has gotten most of the ink, but Farah Jimenez is an intriguing appointment to the School Reform Commission. The children of Cuban immigrants, Jiminez has shone in a variety of roles, as Carla Robinson relates in this profile of the other new SRC member.
Reaction to Bill Green’s appointment to chair the School Reform Commission ranged from winces, perplexed rolls of the eyes to (Enter Mayor Nutter) a mild rant. Tom Ferrick looks at the plus/minus ledger on Green.
School Superintendent William Hite is one of the best public leaders in Philadelphia’s recent history. But can he make the changes needed in the district? As 2014 begins, Tom Ferrick assesses Hite’s character and his impossible mission.
Alexander Cintro was cool with Ben Franklin High. He had friends, his niche in ROTC and his goals. Then came a wave of new students, loss of staff due to budget cuts, turmoil in the halls and fights outside the lunchroom. Connie Langland reports on a school transformed.
When school opened in September, officials at the Philadelphia School District expected 135,000 students to walk in the doors. Only 131,000 did. Where did those 4,000 missing students go? Two months later answers have emerged.
The DePaul Catholic School in Germantown is experimenting with a new program that seeks to integrate computers in the classroom experience. We follow up our earlier story with a look-see at how it is working so far.
With little fanfare, Superintendent William Hite imposed new work rules on district teachers today (Wednesday, Oct. 16), ending the practice of filling vacancies through seniority only. The decision had an immediate impact.
How many Philadelphians go to Philly’s colleges and universities? That’s the question we posed to the 11 four-year schools in the city. Some didn’t want to say. Others were reluctant to reply. Here is the tale the numbers tell.
It’s a new day at St. Malachy School in North Philadelphia. One of the city’s oldest Catholic schools is also one of its 14 new Mission Schools, whose goals are to educate the poor regardless of religion. We arrive at St. Malachy on the first day of school and witness the changes — and the challenges — it faces.
Chaos is the new normal in Philadelphia’s public schools. Students returning to school found the landscape vastly changed from when they left in June. Meanwhile, the adults are still fighting over a new contract. An analysis by Tom Ferrick.
City officials said Town Watch volunteers would be present the first day of the new school year, to ease the concerns of parents whose children were attending new schools for the first time. We have a report from West Philadelphia.
As students get ready to go back to school, one father worries about the effect the cutbacks and the continuing turmoil in the Philadelphia School District will have on his daughter, a sixth grader in one of the city’s public schools.
There’s an interesting backstory to the visit of Gov. Corbett to Philadelphia last week (Jan. 12, 2013) to tout the state’s expanded voucher program for non-public schools. Of course, they are not called vouchers, but scholarships, and the money does not come directly out of the state treasury. Instead, Pennsylvania businesses get to deduct from their state taxes money donated […]
By Morgan Zalot As Catholic schools throughout Philadelphia close their doors for good, one school in the heart of Germantown has found a way to flourish and last week was named as one of the 13 so-called mission schools in Philadelphia. In 2003, the DePaul Catholic School, known then as St. Martin DePorres, had a problem – enrollment had dwindled to just […]
“S.O.S.! Save Our Schools!” they shouted, their voices echoing against the tall buildings on either side of Broad Street. As I listened to these students yell for help, I wondered if it would ever arrive.
Community leaders expressed cautious optimism after Wednesday’s private meeting with Councilwoman Cindy Bass and state Rep. Stephen Kinsey about for-profit Camelot Schools’ plan to bring alternative education to Germantown High School. The private meeting, which occurred after representatives from Camelot further detailed the company’s plan to consolidate its three locations at Germantown High School, took place […]