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January 29, 2015

School Districts' Per-Pupil Spending Declines for Second Straight Year

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fiscal year 2012 the median per-pupil spending by local school districts declined by 2.5 percent.

January 16, 2015

Philadelphia's Per-Pupil Revenue Lags Other Big-City Districts, Report Says

The report by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that per-pupil revenue in Philadelphia in the 2013-14 school year was lower than seven of the 11 big-city districts analyzed.

December 31, 2014

Top District Stories in 2014: Spending, Testing, Principals, and Ferguson

Among the most read posts in 2014 were stories about principals and school leadership, a backlash against standardized testing, the fallout from a police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and school funding issues in Philadelphia.

December 23, 2014

Law Firms File Request on Behalf of Special Ed. Students in York City, Pa. Case

A local judge is expected to rule on whether to appoint a receiver to oversee the district, which could lead the district to turn over school operations to a charter-management organization.

December 12, 2014

Will York City Public Schools Become Pa.'s First All-Charter District?

A local judge is hearing arguments on whether the state can appoint a receiver for the financially-strapped district which could become the first in Pennsylvania to have all of its schools turned over to a for-profit charter school operator.

November 13, 2014

S.C. Supreme Court Rules For Poor, Rural Districts in Equity Lawsuit

The ruling brings a 21-year-old legal battle over school funding to an end and orders state lawmakers and school districts to craft an agreement on South Carolina's K-12 funding formula.

October 17, 2014

Philly Teachers' Union Issues Legal Response to Contract Cancellation

The union, angry over the district's unilateral move to cancel the teachers' contract, is asking for the dispute to be moved to Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas

October 07, 2014

Philadelphia Teachers' Union Vows to Fight Contract Cancellation

The School Reform Commission cancelled the teachers' union contract on Monday, prompting backlash from some educators and other supporters of the union.

October 06, 2014

Philadelphia School District Cancels Teachers' Union Contract

The move to make changes to the union's health benefits comes after 21 months of negotiations. Salaries will not be affected by Monday's action.

September 23, 2014

Pa. Legislature Passes Cigarette Tax to Fund Philadelphia's Schools

The $2-a-pack cigarette tax will generate about $49 million in revenues to the cash-strapped schools in the first year, but it does not solve the district's long-term financial problems.

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