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Despite Layoffs, Philadelphia Opens New Schools

AP | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials in Philadelphia say the opening of three new high schools shows the troubled district is trying to innovate even while ...

Philadelphia Schools Sued Over Child Who Died Of Asthma

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The family of a girl who died of an asthma attack after attending a public school without a nurse has sued the Philadelphia Schoo...

Philadelphia Students Establish Virtual Habitat On The Moon

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 05.23.2014 | Teen

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In recent years, students at Northeast High School have virtually saved mankind from a meteor, discovered water on Mars and repa...

Another Philadelphia Child Dies After Collapsing At School With No Nurse On Duty

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Another Philadelphia elementary student has died after falling ill at a school that didn't have a nurse on duty. The death comes several months after ...

Joy Resmovits

Back To School In Philly: 'The Kids Were A Little Bit Stunned'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- All eyes were on the City of Brotherly Love Monday as students and teachers returned to its massively diminished public schools for th...

Joy Resmovits

Can This Giant School District Open Its Doors This Fall?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

The parents of Philadelphia are in limbo. While back to school season has come to be reviled, Philadelphians are praying that it'll arrive in their ci...

Joy Resmovits

Philly School Cuts 'Bad For Our Country,' Says Obama Education Secretary

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan deplored Philadelphia's decision to fire thousands of school staff members this week as "ultimat...

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Teacher Pensions Out Of Control

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

School districts across the country are so hobbled by the recession that they've increased class sizes, closed buildings and scaled back pre-kindergar...

Philadelphia Test Scores Drop With Tougher Anti-Cheating Measures

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

Following the implementation of unprecedented security measures to fight cheating, 2012 standardized test scores in Philadelphia dropped significantly...

Private Consultants Shape Public Schools Transformation, Shaving $50 Million

| Benjamin Herold | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of a partnership between the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks The Boston Consulting Group has...

Anger, Frustration Envelop Philadelphia Schools

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 06.12.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- The school system's chief recovery officer was trying to explain how broke the district is, but no one could hear him. "Save our scho...

64 Schools To Close Amid Impending Dissolution Of Philadelphia District

| Dale Mezzacappa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. District staff and consultants are recommending a sweeping overhaul of ...

Tony Danza To Host Talent Show Fundraiser At Pa. School Facing Major Budget Cuts

AP | Posted 04.24.2012 | Impact

PHILADELPHIA — Actor Tony Danza says he's disheartened by the reality of major budget cuts this year in the district of a Philadelphia high scho...

Ousted Schools Chief Denied Unemployment After $900,000 Buyout

AP | Posted 02.02.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA -- The state has denied the unemployment claim filed by the ousted former head of Philadelphia's public school system after she received ...

Why Getting Into A Good School Is Hard For A "Poor Black Kid"

Whitney Muse | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices
Whitney Muse

Gene Banks's widely derided "If I Was A Poor Black Kid" column oversimplifies a lot -- including how hard it is to get into Philly's best schools.

Zachary Stalberg: Suspicion Surrounds $1 Million Philly Chief Buyout

| Zachary Stalberg | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Zachary Stalberg, president and CEO of Philadelphia government watchdog...

Was Philly Superintendent's $905,000 Buyout Actually More Than That?

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — It took $905,000 in severance pay for the city's schools superintendent to leave, but ethics and education experts say the true p...

Philadelphia Superintendent: Fire Me, I Dare You

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Kristen A. Graham | Posted 10.19.2011 | Education

Making a defiant and emotional stand Thursday, embattled Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman dared her bosses to make a decision on ...

Joy Resmovits

Schools Could Be Cleared in Pennsylvania Cheating Investigation

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

Pennsylvania is one step closer to finding out just how much teacher cheating occurred on its 2009 standardized tests as cities nationwide try to make...

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Denver's School Turnaround Plan Echoes Duncan Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.06.2011 | Denver

Northeast Denver's public schools will look unfamiliar when the area's 10,000 students return in August. Montbello High School, for example, will b...

How The Philadelphia School District Failed Its Students

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Disgrasian

In the case of South Philadelphia High School in the Philadelphia School District, however, the school and its district failed in their quality of education and bulling in schools.

Volunteers Help Fill Voids In Philly Public Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Hundreds of volunteers across Philadelphia have stepped up to help students in the city of brotherly love make the grade this school year, reports the...

How Far Have We Come: Are Blacks In Philadelphia Getting Left Behind?

James Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Sanders

America and Philadelphia have a dark past where the black community is concerned. W.E.B DuBois wrote at length about the "Negro Problem" in Philadelphia. The big question now: is the "Negro Problem" still a problem?