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

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

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 »

Back-to-School Nightmare: Student Transcripts Vanish After Charter Closes

Kyle Lacy (R) says Delaware Valley Charter never sent transcripts to his son, Rashan (L), after it closed.

When a high school suddenly shuts down, it can send a kid’s life into chaos.

Families have to pick a new school for their child. If it isn’t a neighborhood school, they have figure out how to apply to it. If their kid gets in, they have to worry about whether they’ll fit in. And then there’s the question of whether the switch could hurt the high schooler’s ability to get into college or land a job.

Now imagine fretting about all that while not being able to get ahold of your kid’s transcripts, either.

That’s exactly what happened to some of the students who attended North Philadelphia’s Delaware Valley Charter High School. 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 »

One of Us: William Hite

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My full name is … William Rodger Hite Jr.

I grew up in … Richmond, Virginia.

I came to Philly … in the summer of 2012. Before that, I was the superintendent in Prince George’s County public schools in Maryland. And before that, I was in a host of teaching and principal positions in Virginia.

I met my wife … on a blind date. We were watching a PGA golf tournament. And I was the only one who didn’t know it was a blind date, apparently. Read more »

OPINION: The One Big Thing Missing From Allan Domb’s Plan to Grow the City

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As we’ve unfortunately learned, some business leaders may not be the most effective political leaders. But Allan Domb doesn’t fall into that category.

Since taking office as an at-large City Council member last year, Domb has dived into the job with enthusiasm, commitment, and energy. He doesn’t need to be doing this. He’s made plenty of money selling and managing real estate over the past few decades. But clearly he wants to make a difference. He wants Philadelphia to grow — and not just because the city’s growth will help him sell and manage more real estate. But because he cares about the city’s future. Read more »

City Controller: School District Owes Past Employees $6.6M

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

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 »

Philly-Area High Schools Dominate Niche’s 2018 State Rankings

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Niche.com has just released its 2018 rankings of the top public high schools in Pennsylvania and the nation, and once again, Conestoga High School in Berwyn took top honors.

In addition, four Philly-area high schools on last year’s top 10 list are on it again this year: Harriton and Lower Merion in the Lower Merion School District, Unionville in Unionville-Chadds Ford and Julia Reynolds Masterman in the School District of Philadelphia. But this year, the region’s schools were a little more dominant than they were last year: eight of the top 10 are in Southeastern Pennsylvania, an increase of one from last year, and the returning champions played a game of musical chairs. Read more »

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