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July 22, 2014

Philadelphia District Invites Educators, Community to Redesign Schools

The School Redesign Initiative will give parents, teachers, educators, and community organizations the opportunity to propose ideas to transform the city's traditional neighborhood public schools.

July 14, 2014

Arne Duncan Says Philadelphia District 'Starved for Resources'

The U.S. Secretary of Education also said that Pennsylvania's current level of commitment to funding public schools in Philadelphia is "unacceptable."

July 07, 2014

Philadelphia District and Teachers' Union Locked in Dispute Over Seniority

The dispute is taking place amid a growing national debate about teacher tenure rules. The district says it needs flexibility in making hiring and firing decisions, and tenure rules sometimes mean that new, committed teachers are let go in order to keep veteran teachers. The union says the district's policy violates its contract.

July 01, 2014

With No State Budget Signed, Philadelphia Awaits Word on School Funds

The state fiscal year in Pennsylvania began without a budget signed by the governor, but the Philadelphia school district is hoping its city will get permission to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help fund its struggling schools.

June 17, 2014

Philadelphia School Officials Continue to Seek Funds as Budget Deadline Looms

Chairman of the School Reform Commission William Green says he says a "prayer" every morning because he does not see how the funding crisis—now an annual rite of spring—could be fixed without the intervention of a higher power.

May 30, 2014

Philadelphia School Reform Commission Declines to Vote on District's Budget

The School Reform Commission decided not to pass the school budget, an action that violates the City Charter.

May 23, 2014

In Wake of Child's Death, Funding Demands Grow for Philadelphia Schools

Philadelphians demand more funds for city schools after a 1st grader died in a school with no nurse on duty.

May 22, 2014

Death of Philadelphia 1st Grader Energizes Protests Over District Budget Cuts

Residents are stepping up calls for more funds for the city's schools, after a seven-year-old boy died after falling ill at school.

May 15, 2014

Philadelphia Council Moves to Help School District With Budget Crisis

The Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to extend to city's sales tax, which will raise $120 million in the first year for the school district.

May 08, 2014

Philadelphia Educators Charged for Alleged Roles in Cheating on State Tests

Four teachers and a principal face multiple felony charges for their alleged role in cheating on state content tests, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced.

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