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Pa. House Bill Would Push Philly to Expand Charter Schools

A bill in the Pennsylvania House would require the School District of Philadelphia to open at least 3,000 charter school seats a year. 

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ThinkFest Recap: 3 Takeaways From Jeff Yass on School Vouchers

Jeff Yass is a stock trader in the Philadelphia suburbs. He is a board member of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. He has […]

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Philly Public Schools to Dismiss Early on Friday Due to Heat

Classes began on Wednesday, but Philadelphia public school students are already getting a little time off — all district schools will dismiss early on Friday due […]

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John Oliver Blasts Philly Charter Schools on Last Week Tonight

In the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver takes a swing at Philly charter schools.

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Pa. Supreme Court Rules School Reform Commission Can’t Cancel Teacher Contracts

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission violated state law by canceling its contract with the city’s teacher’s union in […]

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Philly Schools Are Retesting Their Drinking Water for Lead

The Philadelphia School District announced Thursday that it will begin retesting the drinking water in 40 schools throughout the city for lead. The schools that […]

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Philadelphia School District: We’ve Filled 99 Percent of Teacher Vacancies

Philadelphia School District superintendent William R. Hite Jr. announced Wednesday that the school district is on track to have all teacher vacancies filled by the […]

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The No-Bullshit Guide to the 2016 Pennsylvania Budget Battle

It’s budget season once again in Harrisburg. Or more accurately, it’s still budget season. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican leaders in the state House and Senate […]

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Philly Schools Ordered to Pay $2.3 Million in Discrimination Suit By White Firm

A federal jury has ordered the Philadelphia School District to pay $2.3 million in a discrimination case that involves late superintendent Arlene Ackerman. The Newtown-based […]

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Philly Organization Hopes to Recruit 1,000 Black Male Teachers by 2020

A group of local teachers has put together a plan to increase recruitment of black men into the profession. The Fellowship, a recently founded organization, […]

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: The School District Got Two New Holidays

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Why Pa.’s New School Funding Formula Is Still Unfair and Unconstitutional

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Michael Churchill. Churchill is a staff attorney at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia.) While […]

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Philly Schools Plan to Recognize Two Muslim Holidays

The Philadelphia School District is planning to add two major Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, to its calendar starting in the 2017-18 school year. District officials, […]

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A Second-Grader Brought a Loaded Glock to School Today

A second grade student at Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter found a surprise in his book bag when he got to school this morning: a fully-loaded […]

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Activists: Uber and Lyft Tax Should Fund Philly Schools, Not the PPA

Public school advocates packed the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday to question a change in a state bill that would allow ride-sharing […]