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POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 1:04 PM
City public school principals have agreed to a sizeable pay cut and will begin paying toward their health benefits.


Members of the local Commonwealth Association of School Administrators ratified the contract. The votes were counted and the results announced Monday by union officials.

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:07 AM

Fighting back against reforms they feel harm traditional public schools - and hoping to envigorate the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers with "more ground-up help" - a new group of teachers, counselors, nurses and other school employees has formed.


POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:34 PM

Philadelphia School District officials announced Tuesday that they will, for the fifth year in a row, give failing district schools to charter organizations for turnarounds.

Officials have said they aim to designate one or two "Renaissance schools" this year.

The district release a request for qualification for Renaissance providers, saying that instead of school communities selecting providers, as they have in the past, the district will match finalists with schools. In April, the school communities will vote on whether to become charters or remain a district-run school.

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:55 AM

Two district schools have formally been designated for turnaround, fueled by $3 million in grants from the Philadelphia School Partnership.

Teachers at Blaine Elementary in Strawberry Mansion and W.D. Kelley Elementary in Brewerytown have been informed that they must reapply for their jobs or face forced transfers. The schools will continue to be run by the district in their transformations, to begin in September, but their principals will have greater flexibility in choosing their staffs.

School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green confirmed the transformation status outside Blaine on Monday morning, where he made good on a promise to eighth grader Khyrie Brown and toured the school with him.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:48 AM

If you dine at any Stephen Starr restaurant (like Parc, Buddakan, Morimoto, Talula's Garden) in the next four weeks, be prepared for the upsell - not to a pricier bottle of wine, but to donate to the Philadelphia School District.

Starr on Tuesday announced he was making a $25,000 donation to the district, hoping to spur $100,000 in donations from his patrons over the next four weeks.

"Every check that we print will ask politely for a donation," Starr said at a news conference.

POSTED: Monday, March 3, 2014, 1:46 PM
The Philadelphia School District may not have to make up Monday's snow day? (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / staff photographer)

On the seventh snow day of the 2013-14 school year for the Philadelphia School District, is it time to think about June yet? Going to school later in June, that is?

Not so fast.

With one extra day built into the calendar, Philadelphia ostensibly has to make up six snow days. Officials had previously announced that they would change three days once scheduled as spring break - April 15, 16, and 17, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - to full school days. The district has asked for a waiver from the state education department for the rest of the time, hoping that although it technically does not meet the requirement for the number of days school must be in session, the fact that it meets the number of hours required will be enough.

POSTED: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11:10 AM
SRC chairman Bill Green, right, has signaled he is willing to use the commission's powers to impose terms on its unions.

Officials from the union that represents Philadelphia School District principals have a tentative agreement on a new contract with "serious concessions", and will present the new pact to members at a meeting this Thursday.

Members of The Commonwealth Association of School Administrators received notice of the meeting on Saturday. They are set to consider the new pact on Thursday.

The principals' contract expired in August.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 3:35 PM
University City High School

The Philadelphia School District is close to four deals for closed school buildings, it announced today.

The district said it is negotiating deals on these properties:

Anna Shaw Middle School, 5400 Warrington Ave. (Southwest Philadelphia). Buyer: Mastery Charter. Proposed use: educational.

About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

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