Unionized teachers have voted overwhelmingly to approve a contract agreement with the School District of Philadelphia.
The deal ends a bitter, four-year stalemate between the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union and the school district. Plus, it means teachers will receive raises for the first time in five years. Read more »
It’s been four years since the Philadelphia School District and its teachers’ union have agreed on a contract – and five years since teachers have received a raise.
That could end tonight. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will vote on a new contract with the district – and they’re expected to approve it. Read more »
Philadelphia public schools will close at noon Tuesday because of the excessive heat forecast.
The temperature should reach a blistering 95 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday – the third day in a row with a projected high above 90 degrees. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.
More than 30 people have been injured – including two critically – in a serious accident involving a bus that was carrying Philadelphia schoolchildren.
The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on stretch of I-95 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, when a Werner Coach bus carry students, teachers and chaperones from the C.W. Henry School in West Mount Airy overturned. The bus was holding 26 children, two teachers, a parent chaperone and the driver, according to Maryland State Police.
One child and one adult – a teacher, according to reports – suffered critical injuries and were immediately airlifted to nearby hospitals. The other children and adults were also transported to close-by hospitals. Some are suffering from broken bones, head injuries and asthma attacks, among other injuries, according to police. Read more »
UPDATE: Police have arrested and charged an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in what they allege was the attempted rape of a 14-year-old female student.
Police reportedly say the 18-year-old allegedly pushed the 14-year-old into a bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her while the 17-year-old stood outside. The incident was broken up when a teacher heard the girl yelling, according to police.
The 18-year-old has been charged with attempted rape and related charges, and the 17-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit rape and other offenses.
Philadelphia police are investigating sexual assault report at Frankford High School.
The PPD said they received a report of a female student being sexually assaulted at the school, located on the 5000 block of Oxford Avenue in Frankford, on Wednesday. Read more »
Teachers in the School District of Philadelphia are calling out today in protest of the district’s lack of a contract with the teacher’s union.
District officials said about 1,000 teachers – or roughly 12 percent of the teaching force – will not come to work today. Read more »
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 in the Philadelphia School District receive funding through the state’s Title I grant, which goes toward institutions with high populations of students belonging to low-income families. Read more »
The Philadelphia School District plans to bring in 1,000 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year – and it launched a 12-week, $160,000 hiring campaign to reach that goal. Read more »
A bill in the Pennsylvania House would require the School District of Philadelphia to open at least 3,000 charter school seats a year. Read more »