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November 17, 2017

Commission Overseeing Philly Schools Votes to Disband. What Happens Next?

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to dissolve itself, the first step in ending 16 years of state control of the city's school system.

November 02, 2017

Philadelphia Mayor Calls for Local Control of City's Schools

Mayor James Kenney says a local board to govern the city's public schools would be appointed, making him ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the district.

October 19, 2017

NFL Player Chris Long Pledges Salary to Groups Supporting Educational Equity

The Eagles defensive end will donate his salary for the remaining 10 games this season to groups in Boston, St. Louis, and Philadelphia that support "educational equity and opportunity."

August 21, 2017

Philadelphia To Add Social Workers At Some Schools

Through a pilot program with the city, the Philadelphia school district will add social workers at 22 schools, with the goal of some day expanding the program to all schools.

May 15, 2017

Four Education Leaders Join Chiefs for Change

Tennessee's education commissioner, along with the superintendents in Camden, N.J., Philadelphia, and Louisiana's Recovery School District are the newest members of Chiefs for Change.

January 27, 2017

Philadelphia May Need to Spend Nearly $5 Billion to Repair School Buildings: Report

An in-depth review of Philadelphia school district's 300-plus schools, athletic facilities, and other district-owned buildings revealed that the district may need to spend nearly $5 billion to make repairs, according to a the Philadelphia Inquirer.

December 19, 2016

DNC Host Committee Donates $750,000 to Philadelphia Literacy Program

The donation to The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia will go toward "The Right Books Campaign," a literacy initiative that aims to put books in K-3 classrooms across the city.

September 20, 2016

New Website to Compare Cities' Education Results Makes Debut

The interactive "State of Our Cities" website, released Tuesday by the George W. Bush Institute, provides comparable education data for 114 cities across more than a dozen indicators.

August 29, 2016

Urban Educators Stress Value of Big-City Schools Group

With the Council of the Great City Schools now in its 60th year, urban school leaders say the depth of its staff's expertise, the organization's effectiveness in advocating on their behalf, and the sense of camaraderie they feel being part of the group are unmatched elsewhere.

August 16, 2016

Pennsylvania Top Court Says Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Contract

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission abruptly canceled the teachers' union contract in October 2014, provoking a firestorm over whether the commission had legal authority to do so.

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