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Principal, 4 Teachers Charged in Cheating Scandal at Philadelphia School

As expected, charges were announced today in an investigation into cheating at Philadelphia schools. The principal of Cayuga Elementary School and four teachers there have […]

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Masterman Wins Second Junior High Chess Title

NBC 10 reports: “The Julia R. Masterman School chess team found themselves in a familiar situation in Atlanta, Ga. over the weekend. The team, composed of […]

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School District Says It Needs $216M to Avert Thousands of Layoffs

The Philadelphia school district is still broke, if you haven’t noticed. Schools superintendent William Hite says the district needs $216 million or it will have […]

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Masterman Is Once Again PA’s Top School

The Inquirer reports: “Philadelphia’s Masterman High School once again topped U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of Pennsylvania schools, with a number of suburban […]

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PA Schools Aren’t Reaching Proficiency Levels

Turns out Philadelphia public schools may not be uniquely bad. Newsworks reports that many more schools across the state are falling short of standards. The […]

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‘Works Bomb’ Detonated at Philadelphia School

A bomb went off in the yard outside a Feltonville school earlier this week, and a student has been charged. The City Paper‘s Dan Denvir […]


Could Pennsylvania Schools Add a 13th Grade?

Governor Tom Corbett’s committee on postsecondary education studied the possibility of adding a 13th grade to Pennsylvania schools, The Patriot-News‘ Jan Murphy reports.


Census: Philadelphians Are Moving to Montgomery County

Despite the fact that the American Dream has changed, and no longer necessarily signifies the white picket fence and 2.5 children living in the ’burbs, […]

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Here’s How You Will Know if Philly Schools Close Tomorrow

The Philadelphia School District will tell you if schools are closed when it’s good and ready. In the meantime, stop asking.  Announcements about schl closures/delays […]

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Montco Lawmaker: Give Horse Racing Money to Schools

Montgomery County State Rep. Todd Stephens has a novel solution to the school funding problem: Take it from gamblers! Okay, that’s just his plan on […]

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11 Ways to Improve Your Kid’s Public School

1. Fix something old. Greenfield Elementary mom Christina Stasiuk led an effort to overhaul the outdated library that included parent-volunteer redecorating; a remodel with “reading […]

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Four Philadelphia Schools That Work

Science Leadership Academy A partnership between the school district and the Franklin Institute, Center City’s SLA is proof that a strong outside collaborator can help […]

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Philadelphia’s School Crisis: A City On The Brink

My family and I moved out of Philadelphia last year. We did so reluctantly, and with a crippling heaping of guilt. It wasn’t the crime, […]

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Helen Gym: The Agitator

  Helen Gym advances, and Mayor Nutter inches warily back. She waves a thick stack of papers at him, each sheath a complaint lodged by […]