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Woes of Philly schools can't be overstated, Hughes declares
August 21, 2014
It's all been written before. The Philadelphia School District was in brutal financial shape last year.
Guidance counselors and nurses nonexistent in schools on many days.
Cash available only for the barest of supplies and supports.
Still, "it needs to be discussed over and over and over again," said Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes at a Thursday news conference. "This is not how you achieve a 21st century education." » Continue Reading
Group Plans To Sue The State To Address Problems In Phila. Schools
August 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group is preparing legal action, to try to force the state to address shortcomings at Philadelphia public schools.
A school so strapped for supplies that a teacher gives extra credit to students who bring in a ream of paper.
Amy Laura Cahn, an attorney with the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, says that was one of 825 so-called “curriculum deficiencies” submitted by Philadelphia parents last year to be investigated by the state department of education. » Continue Reading
Supt. Hite nixes plan to change school transit pass policy
August 22, 2014
CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Philadelphia School Superintendent Dr. William Hite is now backing off a somewhat controversial plan to save money.
At the School Reform Commission's first meeting of the new school year on Thursday, Dr. Hite withdrew his proposal to change which students can get SEPTA transit passes.
The old rule restricted anyone living within a mile and half their school and Dr. Hite wanted to increase that to two miles. » Continue Reading
Inside city schools, grim scenes
August 21, 2014
Steve Flemming's third-grade classroom at the J.B. Kelly School hasn't been painted for 10 years. He has no bulletin boards.
So he painted the room himself. And built a makeshift bulletin board. And then he rushed to a press conference called Thursday by State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) to talk about how rough things were last year, and how they could be worse this coming school year. » Continue Reading