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City Council Back In Session, Numerous Bills IntroducedThe bill is a response to a June water main break in West Philadelphia.
City Council Votes To Overturn Law That Forces Non-Profits To Prove They’re Truly Not For ProfitAn about-face this past week from Philadelphia City Council: members voted to overturn a law that they passed just two years ago after getting an earful from churches and other small non-profits in the city.
Pre-K For PA Campaign Pushes Governor-Elect Wolf, Legislature To Invest In 4-Year-OldsA top ranking U.S. Department of Education official and members of a statewide campaign to increase early learning opportunities for children swapped stories and strategies on Thursday at a Philadelphia City Hall summit.
Memorial Service Honors Homeless People Who Have Died In 2013A somber crowd of about 100 listened as dozens of names of the fallen were read. It's a "Homeless Memorial Day" service organized by Project H.O.M.E.
City Council Pushes Ahead With New Fines For Skateboarders Who Damage Public ArtIt was a heated debate in City Council Thursday morning over slapping skateboarders who damage public art with hefty fines.
School District Pleads With City Council For Extra FundingSchool District leaders met with City Council members yesterday, to try to persuade them to support Mayor Nutter's Actual Value tax plan and the extra $94-million it would provide for the district.
City Councilwoman Wants More Prayer in Philadelphia Public SchoolsCity councilwoman Jannie Blackwell scheduled the debate on prayer in Philadelphia's public schools based on her belief that the school district could do more.
Philadelphia City Council To Hold Hearings On School ClosuresThe Philadelphia School District's decision to close as many as nine schools is prompting City Council to schedule its own inquiry.
A Fresh Start For A Philadelphia School District Steeped In ControversyAfter a tumultuous summer that saw the buyout of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, a new school year begins today for Philadelphia public school students.
Philadelphia City Council Approves 3.85-Percent Property Tax Hike; Mayor Vetoes DROPProceeds from that property tax bump -- combined with a meter rate increase for street parking and some city surplus funds -- will give the school district an extra $53 million.
City Council Gives Thumbs-Up For Philadelphia Top Cop's Salary HikePhiladelphia City Council, which controls the purse strings of the city's government, apparently has no problem with the $60,000 salary hike given to police commissioner Charles Ramsey to keep him from fleeing to Chicago.
Philadelphia Housing Authority Board Gives Up Power To Federal GovernmentEstelle Richman, HUD's Chief Operating Officer, will be the receiver, in effect the PHA board, for one year. She spent time as city managing director during the Street administration.