Philadelphia Schools

Construction is underway on the first phase of a major expansion at Central High School.
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Mike DeNardo
June 04, 2019 - 3:06 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Construction is underway on the first phase of a major expansion at Central High School. They gathered with shovels for a dirt-tossing photo op at Central High School, but in reality, the construction behind them had been going on for three weeks. It's the start of 14...
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Word that nearly two dozen Philadelphia schools were getting classroom air conditioners came during the district's budget hearings before City Council.
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Mike DeNardo
May 14, 2019 - 5:55 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There should be some cooler classrooms in Philadelphia schools soon as the district plans to add air conditioning to more schools next year. Word that nearly two dozen Philadelphia schools were getting classroom air conditioners came during the district's budget...
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Philadelphia principals (L-R) Shakae Dupre-Campbell of Middle Years Alternative, Stephanie Andrewlevich of Mitchell Elementary, Joshua Levinson of Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School and Jason Lytle of Hartranft Elementary.
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Mike DeNardo
February 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- What's the secret to improving performance at Philadelphia schools? Some of the principals at schools that showed recent growth say it's no secret at all. Several schools made significant gains in the district's 1-100 rating called the School Progress Report. The SPR...
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Philadelphia school maintenance workers are watching out for faulty equipment after a parent says his young son suffered an electrical burn at school.
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Mike DeNardo
December 16, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia school board has adopted a new policy that would allow the district's art collection to come out of storage. The district has 1,200 paintings and other works of art in storage -- much of it removed from schools including the Wilson Middle School 14...
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Superintendent William Hite
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Mike DeNardo
December 13, 2018 - 12:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sixty low-performing Philadelphia schools stand to receive extra help under new designations released Thursday by the state. Forty-three Philly schools in the bottom 5 percent of Pennsylvania's indicators are designated for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI...
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Dunbar School
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Mike DeNardo
September 08, 2018 - 10:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The School District of Philadelphia has taken a lot of heat over its decision to start classes before Labor Day this year. Later this month, the district will start talking about next year's calendar. The August 27 start has been a hot topic, with five unscheduled...
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Senator Vincent Hughes
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John McDevitt
September 07, 2018 - 3:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Regional leaders from Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs gathered outside an Overbook school in disrepair on Friday, calling for Pennsylvania lawmakers to allocate funding for improvements to school buildings. "It is a state problem," said Senator Vincent Hughes. "...
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school board
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Mike DeNardo
September 06, 2018 - 1:50 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It was another heat-shortened day for Philadelphia school students on Thursday. And the new school board is asking about the prospects of cooling the district's aging buildings. At a meeting of the new school board's finance and facilities committee, Board President...
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Dreamstime
Mike DeNardo
August 27, 2018 - 12:23 am
PHIALDELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- After springtime headlines about unhealthy conditions inside Philadelphia schools, the district says its buildings are safe for Monday’s start of classes. Superintendent William Hite says crews worked throughout the summer to resolve hazardous conditions in the city'...
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 Mayor Kenney is continuing to push his budget proposal, which he says would allow the school district to repair its aging buildings.
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Mike DeNardo
June 04, 2018 - 8:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney is continuing to push his budget proposal, which he said would allow the school district to repair its aging buildings. Wilson Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia opened in 1927. Principal Stephanie Ressler said it's a challenge to teach 21st-...
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