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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.

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.

May 23, 2014

In Wake of Child's Death, Funding Demands Grow for Philadelphia Schools

Philadelphians demand more funds for city schools after a 1st grader died in a school with no nurse on duty.

May 22, 2014

Death of Philadelphia 1st Grader Energizes Protests Over District Budget Cuts

Residents are stepping up calls for more funds for the city's schools, after a seven-year-old boy died after falling ill at school.

May 15, 2014

Philadelphia Council Moves to Help School District With Budget Crisis

The Philadelphia City Council introduced legislation to extend to city's sales tax, which will raise $120 million in the first year for the school district.

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