City Controller Alan Butkovitz said an exhibit that includes some pieces from the Philadelphia School District's art collection was just a "partial victory," and said that the art should be permanently moved out of storage. It has been kept in storage in an undisclosed location since 2004.
A new program for children with intense needs - mostly emotional and behavioral - will open in September. Advocates, parents and politicians worry that the program sets up de facto segregation and asked for careful monitoring.
The initial plan was for the Philadelphia School District to award up to $54 million to a private provider to run a new special-education school for up to 600 students in the city. A scaled-back proposal, which would cost $10 million for 100 students, still has detractors.
If teachers ratify the deal now before them, they will get pay raises and the restoration of "step" increases and compensation for years of experience; they would begin paying part of the cost of their health insurance. But the district does not currently have a clear path to pay for the deal.
Commonwealth Court has handed the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers a victory, ruling that the Philadelphia School District acted improperly in its move to disregard seniority when recalling laid-off counselors. The court ordered back pay to affected counselors.
Kristen Graham covers the Philadelphia School District. A native Philadelphian – and a product of the school system and Temple University – she has written about everything from crime and county government to education since joining the Inquirer in 2000.
Kristen is a Pulitzer Prize winner, part of a team whose "Assault on Learning" series about violence in the Philadelphia schools won the 2012 prize for public service for the Inquirer. Please pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-5146.
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