It’s Columbus Day. Did You Remember to Send Your Kids to School?

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Columbus Day is still a federal holiday (for now), meaning all city offices are closed, and trash and recycling are delayed one day this week.

But as you hopefully realized early enough this morning, schools are still in session. This is the second year in a row that the School District of Philadelphia has not observed Columbus Day. Read more »

Lacrosse Player Claims School District Forced Black Female Teams Into a “Negro League”

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Nadirah McRae (seen on left in game shot) in photos provided by attorneys at Freiwald Law.

A lacrosse player at Strawberry Mansion High School has accused the Philadelphia School District of discriminating against black female athletes and preventing her from playing for a division I school, according to a lawsuit filed this week.  Read more »

Philly Teacher Says She’s the Victim of Reverse Discrimination

Ellwood Elementary School in East Oak Lane. (Photo via greatphillyschools.org)

A British-born teacher is suing the School District of Philadelphia and a black principal she formerly worked under, alleging that she suffered “vindictive reverse race discrimination and harassment” before being fired without just cause. Read more »

City Controller: School District Owes Past Employees $6.6M

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A report from the city controller claims the School District of Philadelphia owes thousands of its former employees more than $6 million in termination pay.

The audit, which was released on Tuesday, found that the school district has not met labor agreements with 2,300 of its former unionized employees, who are entitled to termination pay for unused leave time within 30 to 75 days after leaving the district.  Read more »

Teachers Union to Vote on New Contact With Philly Schools

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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 »

30 Injured After Bus With Philly Schoolchildren Overturns on Maryland Highway

In this image made from video and provided by WBAL-TV, authorities investigate an overturned bus on Interstate 95, Monday, May 15 near Havre de Grace, Md. Cpl. Tyler Allaband of the Maryland State Police said by telephone that the bus overturned in the southbound lanes of the highway on Monday near the exit for Havre de Grace. (WBAL-TV via AP)

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 »

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