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City Controller: Staffing Shortage Could Cause Schools to Lose Funding

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued a warning on Wednesday that some Philly schools could lose funding because of staffing shortages. First, some background: many schools […]

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Kenney Calls Pa. Senator’s “Inner City” Comment “Racism”

Last week, Pennsylvania senator and Education Committee chair John Eichelberger reportedly claimed that students in some “inner city” neighborhoods need “less intensive” programs. This week, Mayor Jim […]

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Pa. Senator Draws Ire for Comment on “Inner City” Students

A Pennsylvania senator and Education Committee chair has drawn criticism from some Democrats after he claimed students in some “inner city” neighborhoods need “less intensive” […]

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This Report May Make You Look at the SRC Differently

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to shut down the School Reform Commission and return Philadelphia’s public schools to local control. Former Mayor Michael Nutter is also on board with the […]

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Philly Mag Cover Criticized at Second Event This Week

For the second time this week, the widely criticized cover of Philadelphia magazine’s October issue was a major topic of discussion at a roundtable event. The cover, headlined “A […]

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3 Ways William Hite’s Action Plan 3.0 Could Revitalize Philadelphia Schools

After two years spent slashing programs, closing schools, and laying off thousands of workers, Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite on Wednesday declared a victory of […]

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Overbrook High Could Have a Real Biology Teacher by Friday

Last Wednesday, we reported that Overbrook High School hadn’t been teaching biology this school year, because they were unable to find a replacement for their […]

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Mayoral Front-Runner Anthony Williams: “I’m Not Machiavellian”

State Sen. Anthony Williams is the consensus front-runner and the top fundraiser in the Philadelphia mayor’s race. But what does he stand for? Citified sat down […]

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Education Firebrand Helen Gym Lands Big Union Endorsement, Donation for Council

It’s official: The firebrand education activist Helen Gym says she is running for Democratic City Council At-Large in the May 19th primary. Though she hasn’t made […]

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These Are the 88 Philly Schools Boston Consulting Group Recommended Closing

Education activist Helen Gym and a group of civil rights lawyers have won a two-and-a-half-year battle to get their hands on a secret report by consultants on proposed school […]

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Will District Slap Anti-Testing Teachers?

Teachers at a Philadelphia school say they face discipline from the school district for helping parents opt their children out of standardized tests. Kelley Collings, […]

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Philly Schools: Worse than Detroit?

You know the School District of Philadelphia is strapped–in a big way–for cash. You’ve heard the stories about the lack of counselors and nurses; the […]

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INSIDE TAKE: Six Predictions for City Schools in 2015

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Reading the big headlines, 2014 seemed like another rough year for Philadelphia’s schools, but we […]

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INSIDE TAKE: Standardized Testing Isn’t Worth It

(Editor’s note: This column is the first of many to come from Citified insiders, our roster of urban doers, experts and advocates who will offer their takes […]

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Protesters Invade Penn President’s Party

Amy Gutmann, caught off guard by protesters at Holiday Party, joins die-in. pic.twitter.com/rVE7eJJMN7 — Daily Pennsylvanian (@dailypenn) December 10, 2014 Protesters took over Penn President […]