Tag: Philadelphia Inquirer

Big news on seniority reform in Philadelphia’s schools

Today’s paper reports that the school district took a big step toward principals having more autonomy to build their teams. What we’ve learned through investing $30 million in 28 Philadelphia schools is that ending outdated seniority policies is critical to creating great schools of all types. Superintendent Hite said in today’s Inquirer, “The overarching focus is …

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia School Partnership to award $2.6 million in grants

The influential Philadelphia School Partnership, organized to raise $100 million for high-performing city schools, Tuesday announced it would award $2.6 million more in grants.

Its largest gift, $2 million over four years, will support Building 21, a Philadelphia School District high school slated to open in September.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: New money, new plans for 2 troubled Phila. schools

Khyrie Brown stood outside his school and enumerated the things he was going to tell School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green on a tour of Blaine Elementary on Monday.

The school lacks adequate supplies, said Khyrie, an eighth grader. Its equipment is old, its classes are too big, and it doesn't have enough staff.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Corbett budgets $29 million more for Phila. schools; SRC nominees approved

Philadelphia got two new school reform commissioners Tuesday, and news that Gov. Corbett is proposing $29 million in new money for city schools.

The infusion comes through a new "Ready to Learn" grant that comes with some strings - better-performing districts have more choices on what to spend the funds on, while struggling systems such as Philadelphia's will have fewer options.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Praise and reproach from Nutter on SRC nominations

Kristen A. Graham and Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writers Gov. Corbett on Friday remade the School Reform Commission – and possibly the Philadelphia School District – in announcing two new choices for the panel. Corbett will nominate City Councilman Bill Green, a Democrat, and social-services advocate Farah Jimenez, a Republican, to the SRC. If approved …

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Philadelphia Inquirer: District, Catholic, charter schools share applications

For the first time, students applying to high school at Philadelphia School District, charter, and Catholic schools will be able to start the process with similar one-page applications, Mayor Nutter's Office of Education announced.

The forms were developed by the district, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Charter Schools for Excellence, and other organizations that are members of the Great Schools Compact.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: 2 Philly public schools to split $3 million in grants

Two Philadelphia School District elementary schools will receive grants totaling $3 million to upgrade their academics as they absorb students from nearby schools that have closed.

The Philadelphia School Partnership announced Wednesday that William D. Kelley in Brewerytown and James G. Blaine in Strawberry Mansion would each receive a $1.5 million grant over several years to develop academic turnaround plans.

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Phila. school group plans $4.7M in grants

The Philadelphia School Partnership will announce Thursday grants totaling $4.7 million to help high-performing charter schools expand and a nonprofit develop a new high school with the School District.

"What is exciting about this [funding] round is that it shows the many different ways that the fund is available to invest in expanding access to great schools," Mark Gleason, the partnership's executive director, said Wednesday.

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PSP invests $4.7 million in the expansion of high-quality schools

Grants from Great Schools Fund will create seats for 2,000 more Philadelphia students to attend high-quality schools The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) today announced it will invest $4.7 million in grants from its Great Schools Fund to support the incubation and growth of high-performing K-12 public and private schools in Philadelphia. To date, the Fund …

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