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Philadelphia Substitute Teacher Accused of Allegedly Hitting First Graders

Several first grade students of Sullivan Elementary School in Wissinoming have come forward to school officials after being hit by their substitute teacher. Six year old Kailyn Wildonger brought light to what was happening to her and five other students in their classroom on April 6.  ...

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 11:56am

Philly public schools will protect transgender students after Trump reversal

The School District of Philadelphia will not align with President Donald Trump's order to overturn transgender bathroom protections, saying it will retain its bathroom policy to protect students."The School District of Philadelphia remains a safe and welcoming place of inclusion for all our...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:57am

Philly schools will receive up to $2.5 million in annual tax revenue from Uber, Lyft

The Philadelphia school system has received an injection of cash from an unlikely source: millennials who cruise to their Tinder dates using the ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft.Well, the money isn’t all from millennials.The $350,000 the School District of Philadelphia received from Uber and Lyft on...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:03pm

Cafeteria worker sold marijuana to high school students: Police

A cafeteria worker at a Northeast Philadelphia high school was charged with selling marijuana to students, authorities said Thursday.Robert Lumpkin, 31, a cafeteria worker at George Washington High School, is charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver, police said.Police said...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:47pm

Philly cigarette tax revenue will likely fall $26M short of projections: City controller

Philadelphia's $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes will fall well below its projected revenue for the fiscal year, the Office of the Controller said.The tax, which the state approved in 2014, is meant to provide money to the city's cash-strapped district. Despite the expected shortfall, city school...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 7:59am

Philly mayor swaps luxury Wells Fargo Center suite for city school funding

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has given up prime seats at the Wells Fargo Center in exchange for funding for the city’s embattled school district, The Associated Press reported.For a flat $100,000 rate paid to the city, Comcast-Spectator will resell seats in the mayor’s box for 76ers and Flyers...

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 11:07am

Philly schools to get $750K from DNC host committee for new books

The 2016 Democratic National Convention is long gone from Philadelphia, but the committee that organized the four-day political event still delivered some good news to city schools on Monday.Toward the aim of building libraries in elementary school classrooms around the city, the DNC host committee...

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 10:05pm

Dirty water at Philly high school prompts investigation

Yellowwater flows through the pipes at West Philadelphia High School.School officials have told students and faculty to stop drinking the discolored water, which was discovered on Nov. 17, according to reports.Drinking fountains were promptly shut off and the cafeteria is not using any of the...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:55pm

Uber, Lyft win in senate, wait for governor's signature

Uber and Lyft emerged victorious Monday evening in the years-longbattle with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.The Pennsylvania Senate voted 47-1 to pass abillthat grants UberX and Lyft immediate permission to operate throughout Pennsylvania. All the companies need now is Gov. Tom Wolf to sign the...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 5:48am

Protest calls for disbanding of SRC as top members leave

Activists from the Our City Our Schools campaign rallied Thursday outside the School District of Philadelphia to demand an end to the School Reform Commission's control of Philly schools.The commission was instituted in 2001 by the state to replace the existing school board, mostly over reportedly...

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:33am

Philly school district plans to overhaul 11 schools

Citing low academic performance, the School District of Philadelphia plans major interventions at 11 schools that will involve community engagement meetings and quality reviews.The 11 schools slated for intervention are John Marshall Elementary; Blankenburg Elementary; John F. Hartranft School;...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:19am

City councilman shares salary with cash-strapped Philly schools

Ten months into his first term as city councilman, Allan Domb continues to make good on a promise he made when he was sworn in.Domb cutsix more checks from his $129,000 council salary and presented them last week to Philadelphia public schools. He wrote three checks earlier this year, and plans to...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 9:39pm

Teen girl behind 'scary clown' threats against Philly schools, police say

Philadelphia cops say a teenage girl and her friend are behind recent “scary clown” threats made against city schools that sparked a federal investigation.“A 13-year-old juvenile female who attends a local school has been identified as a participant involved in these posts placed on Instagram,”...

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 6:04pm

School funding goes before state’s highest court in Philly today

The funding woes of the School District of Philadelphia have been well known and an ongoing problem for decades. What could possibly change that?School advocates and students are pinning their hopes on a lawsuit that will be argued before the state’s highest court Tuesday which attack’s the state’s...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 2:30pm

From advocacy to administration

Helen Gym is, in a word, transformative.A long-time education reform advocate, Gym’s list of successes for Philadelphia public schools and its students has only become more impressive since her involvement with a 2010 federal civil rights case to end the harassment and bullying of Asian-American...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:30pm

School district unpacks cartons of new books for Philly kids

Philly school kids just starting out in elementary school have a special surprise waiting for them when they start school this year —cartons of new, educational books.The School District of Philadelphia announced today that more than 130,000 new books will be delivereed to create classroom...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 8:18pm

2 hospitalized after shooting near North Philly school

Two people were sent to the hospital after a shooting in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood late Tuesday morning, prompting a lockdown at a nearby school.Philadelphia police said an 18-year-old woman was shot at 11:15 a.m. on the 2400 block of Diamond Street. A young man believed to be in his late...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:53pm

School mechanic dies five months after boiler explosion

A school mechanic died Wednesday, five months after a basement boiler blew up in his face, causing doctors to put him in a medically induced coma.Christopher Trakimas, 62, a School District of Philadelphia employee for 25 years, died on Wednesday, his union, 32BJ SEIU, announced.RELATED: City...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:23pm

First-year councilwoman bringing Philly school hearings to the streets

As part of the process of studying what services the School District of Philadelphia actually offers the city's children,City Councilwoman Helen Gym will be hosting three community meetings around Philly next month to get input from the public.It's all part of a process the first-term councilwoman...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 3:30pm

Philly schools avoid doomsday closing for a few more months with emergency fund

Another doomsday scenario for Philly schools has been averted.Just last month, the School District of Philadelphia's superintendent, Dr.William Hite, warned that he couldn't afford to pay staff past the last Thursday in January.But the district will be able to keep paying its bills past the...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:01pm