schools

Citified

Mayoral Front-Runner Anthony Williams: “I’m Not Machiavellian”

State Sen. Anthony Williams is the consensus front-runner and the top fundraiser in the Philadelphia mayor’s race. But what does he stand for? Citified sat down […]

Citified

Education Firebrand Helen Gym Lands Big Union Endorsement, Donation for Council

It’s official: The firebrand education activist Helen Gym says she is running for Democratic City Council At-Large in the May 19th primary. Though she hasn’t made […]

City Life

UPDATE: Actually, Biology Is Offered at Overbrook High School

[UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.] Editor’s Note: On Wednesday morning, we published the story below, stating that Overbrook High School has not offered biology to students during […]

School District of Philadelphia
City Life

These Are the 88 Philly Schools Boston Consulting Group Recommended Closing

Education activist Helen Gym and a group of civil rights lawyers have won a two-and-a-half-year battle to get their hands on a secret report by consultants on proposed school […]

City Life

In South Jersey, District Instructs Families How to Opt Out of Testing

Haddon Township School District isn’t necessarily against PARCC, the highly controversial standardized education assessment that has been adopted by dozens of states nation-wide. But district officials are telling […]

City Life

Will District Slap Anti-Testing Teachers?

Teachers at a Philadelphia school say they face discipline from the school district for helping parents opt their children out of standardized tests. Kelley Collings, […]

Property

Late February Demolition Anticipated for University City High School Building

#demolition today at #universitycityhighschool #uchs #universitycity #universitybottom #westphilly #mantua #poweltonvillage A photo posted by Marina Krikorian (@mruthkrik) on Jan 22, 2015 at 6:49am PST After […]

City Life

Council Members Back Testing “Revolt”

There’s a “revolt” against standardized testing under way in Philly, and some members of the City Council are backing it. Seventeen percent of students at Feltonville […]

City Life

Former Philly Educator Named Wolf’s Secretary of Education

Pedro Rivera, a one-time Philadelphia educator who moved on to superintendent of the Lancaster school district, has been named the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education by […]

Citified

Philly Schools: Worse than Detroit?

You know the School District of Philadelphia is strapped–in a big way–for cash. You’ve heard the stories about the lack of counselors and nurses; the […]

School District of Philadelphia
Citified

INSIDE TAKE: Six Predictions for City Schools in 2015

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Reading the big headlines, 2014 seemed like another rough year for Philadelphia’s schools, but we […]

City Life

School Cleared After Social Media Threat

Classes have resumed at Franklin Towne Charter High School after the school was temporarily cleared in the wake of a “social media threat,” police and school […]

Citified

INSIDE TAKE: Standardized Testing Isn’t Worth It

(Editor’s note: This column is the first of many to come from Citified insiders, our roster of urban doers, experts and advocates who will offer their takes […]

City Life

Report: Gap Widens Between Rich, Poor Pa. Schools

AP reports that the funding gap between the state’s richest and poorest schools is widening — and in fact has doubled during the Corbett Administration.

Philadelphia School District Building
City

Philly Charter School Shuts for Good Today

North Philadelphia’s Wakisha Charter School is closing for good today, a rare shuttering of the school in the middle of the year. The school served […]