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Philadelphia School District

City Life

How to Find the Best Philadelphia School for Your Child

The move to the ’burbs used to be almost automatic for Philadelphians with means — families of all races picked up and left the city […]

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City

No Substitutes for Good Substitutes

In mid-June, the School Reform Commission voted unanimously to outsource school substitute management. “The vendor was able to commit to us to provide high quality […]

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Citified

$25 Million for City Schools, Suddenly in Doubt?

Last spring, which feels like eons ago, City Council grudgingly agreed to increase funding to the School District of Philadelphia by $70 million. That was $30 […]

City Life

Philadelphia Public Schools Could Close Extra Day for Papal Visit

Philadelphia’s public school students could with something like a Fall Break around Pope Francis’ visit. Public schools are already closed Wednesday, September 23rd, for Yom Kippur […]

Citified

How Philly’s Plummeting Smoking Rate Could Harm Schools

1. Maybe you shouldn’t quit smoking … for the kids. (We kid, we kid.) The gist: Today, Philadelphia’s new cigarette tax is bringing in the bucks for […]

City Life

Philly Students Audited Their Own School Lunches

Scarfing down a fattening, stomach-churning lunch every day used to be seen as a normal part of going to public school in America, as much as riding the bus […]

City Life

Alan Butkovitz: Philly Schools Owe Past Employees Millions of Dollars

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an audit Wednesday that makes the school district look a little frazzled. He says his team found that the district […]

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Citified

The Brief: Every Philly School May Soon Have a Counselor

1. An arbitrator has decided that Philadelphia must have at least one full-time counselor per school. The gist: That’s because the school district’s contract with the teachers union stipulates […]

Citified

Insider: Beware the Creation of a “Roid-Rage SRC”

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) If State Sen. Scott Wagner didn’t exist, school advocates might have to invent him. At a […]

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City Life

GOP Budget Falls Short of Philly Schools Request

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the GOP-led legislature’s state budget Tuesday night, in part, he said, because it would set aside far less education funding than he believes […]

City Life

Philly Activists Fast for Education Funding

POWER Philly is in Harrisburg for 10 days to pray, fast and meet with state legislators with the hope of getting fair funding for Pennsylvania’s […]

Citified

5 Questions About the Future of Philly’s Schools

Philadelphia City Council did something Thursday that it’s done a lot in recent years: voted to increase both taxes and education funding. Lawmakers expect to […]

Citified

The Brief: Philly’s Maternal Mortality Rate Is Worse Than Libya’s

1. A new report digs into Philadelphia’s extremely high maternal mortality rate. The gist: The city’s maternal mortality rate is 27.4 per 100,000 births, according to […]

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City Life

Philly Schools Will Close Early Tomorrow Due to Heat

The School District of Philadelphia will close all of its schools tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16th, at noon due to the high temperatures in the forecast. […]

City Life

Life at Philly Public Schools: Teachers Make Wiffle Balls Out of Duct Tape

Philadelphia public school teachers have to get creative sometimes, especially when funds are scarce. Thanks to Reddit, a photo taken by a teacher at a […]