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August 20, 2014

New Research Organization Will Focus on Philadelphia's Public Schools

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium, funded through a three-year grant from the William Penn Foundation, will provide research and analyses on education issues in the city. It will be a partnership between Research for Action, three of the city's research universities, and the city's regular and charter schools.

August 15, 2014

Philly's Schools Will Open on Time, But With Cuts to Programs

Among the cuts: About 7,500 high school students who live within two miles of school will not have district-provided transportation. They will have to find alternative ways to get there.

August 06, 2014

Gov. Corbett Advances $265 Million to Help Philadelphia District

The $265 million is essentially an advance on money the district was already scheduled to receive during the year. Even so, schools Superintendent William Hite gave no assurances that schools will open on time and renewed his call for state legislators to pass the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to plug the funding gap.

July 31, 2014

Retired Philadelphia Teachers Surrender Certifications in Cheating Scandal

The educators agreed never to seek work at public, charter or cyber schools or with contracted education providers.

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.

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