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June 07, 2016

Pennsylvania School Districts Face Continued Financial Burdens

In a new survey, 85 percent of Pennsylvania school districts said they planned to raise taxes for the next school year, and a majority said that the $200 million in new education funding will not be enough to restore cuts made in recent years.

March 17, 2016

Philadelphia Is Hiring Teachers, School Nurses, Counselors

Superintendent William Hite has said that he wants to hire a nurse and counselor in every school. That plan depends on state funding.

February 17, 2016

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools

The ruling could ultimately affect how the city manages school closings, teacher contracts, and decisions on charter schools.

January 14, 2016

Study Raises Questions About State Takeovers of Urban School Districts

The Pew Charitable Trust analysis found that no form of school governance provides a surefire way to address the academic and fiscal issues that many districts face.

December 10, 2015

Some Penn. Districts May Not Open After Christmas Due to State Budget Impasse

As budget talks drag on in the state capital, two Pennsylvania school districts say they may extend the Christmas break because they are running out of money.

October 28, 2015

Is a Local School Board in Philadelphia's Future?

Mayor Michael Nutter calls for dissolving the School Reform Commission and creating a local board of education to be appointed by the city officials.

October 01, 2015

Closures, Charter Conversions and New Schools Proposed in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia school district said the changes were driven by the need to improve educational opportunities for students.

August 27, 2015

Arbitrator Rules for Two Philadelphia Principals Implicated in Cheating Scandal

The district did not prove that the two principals were direct participants in the cheating that occurred at their respective schools, according to the arbitrator.

July 06, 2015

Philadelphia District Announces $30M Commitment For Literacy Programs

The funds will go toward programs supporting "READ! by 4th," a citywide campaign to have all of the city's children reading at grade level by the time they enter the 4th grade.

June 08, 2015

Funding for High-Poverty Districts Falls Short, New Reports Contend

Studies released by the Education Law Center and the Leadership Conference Education Fund argue that deficits in school funding and resources have shortchanged students in many of the nation's urban and rural districts.

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