For years, critics of school funding practices in Pennsylvania have pointed to the state's heavy reliance on local property taxes as an unfair and discriminatory system.
In this region, it means that the wealthiest suburbs such as Lower Merion are able through property taxes to raise and spend as much as $17,000 per public school student annually, whereas a less affluent community like Philadelphia spends just over $9,000 per student.
Approved three charter school applications, while tentatively delaying the opening of these schools until September 2007 for budgetary reasons.
For all three new schools, the District is suspending a provision of the charter school law in order to establish an attendance zone for the school and to give admissions preferences to students who live in that zone.
Albert Bichner, who had been Interim Deputy Chief Academic Officer, has been appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Academic Officer. . . . John Frangipani left his position as principal of Masterman School to become the new acting superintendent of the South Region, replacing Danna Diaz Joseph, who resigned for personal reasons.