Tag Archives: Education

Buying time

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.

How Cristo Rey makes it work

Cristo Rey is an independent Catholic school new to Philadelphia, but its mix of work and school has proven successful in other cities. Andrew Zaleski reports on the local Cristo Rey experiment.

Ending the hypocrisy on charters

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.

The haves vs. the have nots

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.

Making peace at Gratz

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.

The Program

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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 […]

Push comes to shove

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.