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 »

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

teacher vacancies

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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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