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 »

Police Investigating Report of Sexual Assault at Frankford High

Frankford High School via Google Maps

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 »

City Controller: Staffing Shortage Could Cause Schools to Lose Funding

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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 »

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