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Fun’s Over: Philly Students Returning to School Before Labor Day

In a first, Philadelphia public school students are heading back for their first day of school before Labor Day this year. Students will report on […]

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Here’s Who’s on Philadelphia’s Brand-New Board of Education

Major news for Philly schools: Mayor Jim Kenney announced the city’s new Board of Education on Wednesday morning. The nine-member board will oversee Philly schools — and […]

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Helen Gym on Championing Philly Public Schools and What’s Next

The Rundown Age: 50 CV, abridged: Philly’s first Asian-American City Councilwoman (2016-present); Cesar Chavez Champion of Change (2014); national vice chair of Local Progress (2017-present); […]

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Think You Could Help Run Philly’s Schools? The City Wants to Meet You

We know many of you (if not all of you) are less-than-happy with our public schools. But here’s your chance to tell officials how you’d run the […]

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Now’s Your Chance to Tell Philly How to Run Our Schools

In November, the contentious School Reform Commission voted to abolish itself, paving the way for the School District of Philadelphia to return to local control. In […]

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School Reform Commission Votes to End Itself

The contentious School Reform Commission voted to disband itself on Thursday night. The long-anticipated decision will have a significant impact on Philly and its schools: The […]

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Kenney Pushes to End SRC, Bring Local Control to Philly Schools

Mayor Jim Kenney is finally choosing a side in the debate over the contentious School Reform Commission. On Thursday, Kenney will publicly push to abolish […]

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School Reform Commission Could Vote to End Itself by 2018

The contentious debate over the School Reform Commission’s existence took a major turn on Thursday night. At a heated board meeting, SRC chairwoman Joyce Wilkerson simply laid out […]

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Teachers’ Contract Could Mean 3,800 Layoffs or 16 Percent Property Tax Hike

The School Reform Commission voted earlier this week to approve a contract between the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

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Report: Here’s How Much Philly Schools Pay When Kids Leave for Charters

The Philadelphia School District pays almost $5,000 in continuing costs when a student leaves to attend a charter school, according to a new report referenced in the […]

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Why SRC Haters Finally Have a Real Shot at Abolishing It

The School Reform Commission is astonishingly unpopular in Philadelphia: Only 11 percent of residents think it should exist. Donald Trump has more support than that here! […]

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Two School Reform Commission Members Resign

Two members of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission, the appointed body that serves in place of an elected school board, have announced that they will resign. […]

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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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Bill Green: I’m Taking Tom Wolf to Court Over SRC Ouster

Update: Governor Tom Wolf has responded to Bill Green’s claims that he lacked the authority to unseat him as chair of the SRC. A statement issued […]

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3 Things to Know About Philly’s Schools Budget

Money was on the minds of School Reform Commission members on Thursday. They unveiled their five-year spending plan and approved a $2.8 billion budget for the […]