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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 Philly School Funding is "Unacceptable"

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

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.

July 01, 2014

Budget Limbo in Pa., as Pensions, Philadelphia K-12 Aid Hang in Balance

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has declined to sign a fiscal 2015 budget sent to him by lawmakers, and appears at odds with them on how to reduce pension obligations.

July 01, 2014

Closing Schools While Opening Charters: Lessons Learned From Philly, Chicago

Stakeholders from Philadelphia and Chicago share best practices on engaging communities where traditional, neighborhood schools are being shuttered while the charter sector expands.

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.

June 09, 2014

Philadelphia Parents Say 'No' to Charter School Takeovers

In the last month, parents at two Philadelphia public schools have refused to support plans for the district to transfer control of their schools to charter operators.

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