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March 03, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Plans to Sharply Increase Education Spending

The Democrat's proposed budget would restore the estimated $1 billion in education cuts made in the previous administration, and all school districts will receive more money.

March 02, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Appoints New Head of Philly School Commission

The move comes nearly two weeks after the commission approved five of 39 applications for new charter schools. The governor wanted all the applications denied.

February 23, 2015

Philadelphia District Appeals Ruling That It Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The district says the court "misinterpreted and misapplied" the law in ruling that the district could not arbitrarily cancel the teachers' union contract.

February 19, 2015

Philadelphia Approves Five New Charters After Intense Debate

The city became the latest battleground over charter school expansion when it accepted 40 applications to open new schools for the first time in seven years.

February 11, 2015

Graduation Rates Rise; Gap Between Black and White Males Grows, Report Says

A report released by the Schott Foundation for Public Education called for more action to address the disparity in graduation rates, academic achievement, and other factors such as out-of-school suspensions in the nation's public schools.

February 06, 2015

Changes in Seattle, Dispute Over Charter Expansion Costs in Philly & More

We look at the possible roll-back of four-day school week in Minnesota, dispute over the cost of charter expansion in Philadelphia, and supporting high-achieving, low-income students.

February 05, 2015

Philadelphia Education Group Offers $35 Million to Ease Charter Approvals

A report by an education advocacy group last month said that approving 40 new charter schools (the number has since declined to 39) could hike the district's charter payments to more than $1 billion annually.

January 22, 2015

Judge Rules Philadelphia Can't Cancel Teachers' Union Contract

The teachers' union sued the district after it abruptly canceled the collective bargaining agreement last October and mandated that union members pay toward their health care costs.

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.

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