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(Surrounded by family members and a few fellow councilmen, Ed Neilson, at left in dark suit, takes the oath of office of City Council.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ed Neilson Sworn In, Quietly, As Philadelphia City Councilman

Neilson said he waited three months to be sworn in, in order to remain in the state House should his vote be needed on school funding.

08/14/2014

(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

AG Probes Campaign Contributions Involving Philadelphia Union Money

A spokesman for the attorney general confirms there is an investigation.

07/20/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Nutter Weighing City Council’s Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.

06/19/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks with reporters regarding Council's school funding action.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. City Council Readies To Borrow More on Behalf of School District

Council president Darrell Clarke said an additional $30 million would serve as a stopgap in case Harrisburg approves a city tax on cigarettes.

06/19/2014

(School Reform Commission chair Bill Green describes the dire state of Philadelphia schools funding.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Pleads For Adequate City and State Funding

Philadelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don’t quickly come through with millions in new funding.

06/17/2014

(credit: CBS 3)

School Reform Commission Makes Bold Move To Avoid More Cuts

The SRC won’t adopt a budget for next school year until it has secured adequate funding for Philadelphia schools on both the local and state level.

05/30/2014

Rather than slash staff and services, the School Reform Commission refuses to adopt a balanced budget on time. (credit: Mike Denardo/KYW)

SRC Defies City Charter, Refuses To Adopt Budget

The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.

05/29/2014

(A Philadelphia voting machine.  File photo)

Few Problems Reported in First Hours of Philadelphia Voting

“Typical” is how a Philadelphia elections official describes the problems that have cropped up so far in the first couple of hours of voting.

05/20/2014

(Philadelphia schools commissioner William Hite, left, and SRC chair Bill Green testify before City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. School District Says It Needs Hundreds of Millions More Next Year

The district is already counting on City Council to provide $120 million more for next year by extending the one-percent city sales tax hike. But that’s far from a done deal. And it says it wants $96 million beyond that.

05/05/2014

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council To Hear From School District Officials On Proposed Budget

On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.

05/04/2014

(Matthew Wolfe.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Wolfe Seen As Likely GOP Nominee For Special City Council At-Large Election

Matthew Wolfe, a GOP ward leader in Philadelphia, says he is ready to run against the Democrats’ pick in the May special election for the City Council seat recently vacated by Bill Green.

03/13/2014

(Pa. rep. Ed Neilson, left, meets with Philadelphia Democratic committee people and their leader, US Rep. Bob Brady, right, at Democratic Committee headquarters, near 3rd and Spring Garden Streets.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Dems Pick Pa. Rep. Ed Neilson To Run For Bill Green’s Council Seat

State rep Ed Neilson (at lectern in photo) said he’ll look forward to being closer to his Northeast Philadelphia home and his family if he wins.

03/11/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Announces Special Election to Fill Green’s Seat

Darrell Clarke has decided to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the departure of former at-large councilman Bill Green, now chair of the School Reform Commission.

03/04/2014

In file photo: SRC Chariman Bill Green (credit: CBS3)

SRC Chair Doubtful Superintendent Will Get All Money Requested To Improve Philly Schools

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite put a $320 million price tag on his action plan. But new SRC chair Bill Green said the district shouldn’t count on getting that much money from the city and state.

02/22/2014

FILE PHOTO (Bill Green and Farah Jimenez are sworn in as chair and member, respectively, of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Sworn In As Chairman Of SRC, No Special Election Planned Yet To Fill His Council Seat

The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.

02/19/2014

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