School Reform Commission Faces Charter School Vote Amid Intense Pressure From Both SidesThe SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.
Year In Review: Budget Turmoil For The Philadelphia School DistrictAfter a year of slashing activities, counselors and nurses, the School Reform Commission defied the city charter in May by refusing to approve a budget that would require even more spending cuts.
Mayor Nutter Wants Local Stores To Stop Selling CigarettesMayor Nutter says there's no conflict between city schools getting millions from the new $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes, and the Health Department's effort to convince local stores to stop selling cigarettes.
Dom Giordano: Philadelphia’s Liberty CrisisThere are many basic freedom issues that Philadelphia government authorities don’t seem to understand.
Philadelphia Residents Crossing County Lines To Save Cigarette MoneyPhiladelphia's new cigarette tax for school funding has smokers "crossing the border" to save some cash.
Stigall Show Log 10.1.14Chris discussed the return of the Flyers ice girls, the implementation of the new cigarette tax in Philadelphia, and the Gubernatorial debate between Governor Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf. He talked to State Senator Scott Wagner at 7:20, Victor Fiorillo from Philadelphia Magazine at 8:00, and Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman at 8:20.
After A Summer Of Uncertainty, Philadelphia School Leaders Exhale Over Passage Of Cigarette TaxRelief. That's the reaction from Philadelphia school officials at word the Senate has passed the long-awaited cigarette tax.
Senate OKs Philadelphia Schools Cigarette Tax MeasureAfter hanging in limbo all summer long, the state Senate – on the first day of fall – has finally sent a bill to Governor Tom Corbett that will authorize a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes to raise desperately need cash for Philadelphia schools.
House Signs Off On Philadelphia Cigarette Tax MeasureAll eyes shift to the state Senate after the House late this afternoon once again approved a bill to authorize a cigarette tax to raise badly needed cash for Philadelphia schools.
State House Set To Vote On Cigarette Tax To Fund Philly Schools The Pennsylvania House is expected to vote today on a proposal to raise new money for the Philadelphia School District -- a measure the school district repeats is badly needed.
Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers ReturnPension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.
Philadelphia Public School Students Return To Class Amid Budget Crisis Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing