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Democratic state representative Pam DeLissio

State Rep Warns Schools In Balance While Pa. Budget Standoff Continues

With no sign of an end to the budget impasse ending, Democratic state representative Pam DeLissio says schoolchildren have a lot at stake.

9 hours ago

Pedro Ramos. (Credit: The Philadelphia Foundation)

Pedro Ramos To Take Over As President Of The Philadelphia Foundation

From city managing director to head of the School Reform Commission, Pedro Ramos says he’s probably seen as much of the city as any resident.

07/18/2015

There is talk once again of a massive development project for Camden's waterfront. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Renewed Talk Of Massive Development Project For Camden’s Waterfront

Preliminary plans for a huge commercial and retail complex are on the drawing board once again.

07/10/2015

(The new interior of refurbished Patco rail cars. Credit: Patco)

Patco Trains Being Reinspected After One Shuts Down During Rush Hour

The Wednesday afternoon train was one of 12 refurbished cars in Patco’s fleet.

07/09/2015

(The righthand lane of the westbound Ben Franklin Bridge is blocked by a construction crew on the rainy morning of July 9, 2015.  Photo illustration by Mike DeNardo)

Lane Closures on Ben Franklin Bridge Will Persist Thru August

The Delaware River Port Authority, which operates the Ben, says the righthand westbound lane will remain closed around the clock until September 5th.

07/09/2015

(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Will Massive Security For Papal Visit Cause People To Think Twice About Coming To Philly?

A top tourism official in the city remains optimistic.

07/09/2015

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Arbitrator Says School District Disregarded Seniority When Rehiring Laid-Off Counselors

An arbitrator says the Philadelphia School District violated the teachers contract when it disregarded seniority when rehiring laid-off counselors two years ago.

07/07/2015

Jesse Turner, in green shirt, is joined by others on Independence Mall who oppose standardized testing in public schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Conn. Man Brings Walk Against Standardized School Tests Through Delaware Valley

Jesse Turner (wearing lime-green shirt in photo) is walking from Connecticut to Washington, DC to gain support for his fight against high-stakes standardized tests in public schools.

07/07/2015

(Visitors pass by as work crews set up stage equipment for the Philly Pops' concert in front of Independence Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

The Nation’s Birthplace Revs Up Once Again For America’s Birthday

Independence Day isn’t until Saturday, but Philadelphia’s Fourth of July celebration was already getting underway on Friday morning.

07/03/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Schools Chief Hite Turns Down His $60,000 Performance Bonus

Hite is declining the bonus that goes with the good report card he received from the School Reform Commission.

07/02/2015

(The former Truebright Charter School, on East Roosevelt Boulevard, in file photo by KYW's John McDevitt)

Truebright Charter School Ends Battle To Fight Closure

A troubled Philadelphia charter school is shutting down, rather than continue a court battle to get the SRC to renew its charter.

07/02/2015

Veteran substitute teachers (from left to right) Vince Trombetta, John Renfro and Mitchell Kurtz. (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Veteran Substitute Teachers Are Unhappy With Pay Offered By New Firm

Veteran substitute teachers are frustrated over the pay being offered by a company now managing subs for Philadelphia schools.

07/02/2015

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Inspection Reveals Philadelphia School Buildings Unsanitary, Unsafe

City Controller Alan Butkovitz says his inspection finds unsanitary and dangerous conditions.

07/02/2015

(A graphic of some problems in Philadelphia school buildings provided by the city controller.)

Philadelphia Controller Again Finds Problems in City’s School Buildings

Alan Butkovitz last inspected school buildings in 2008, and he says not much has improved since.

07/01/2015

Tom McGee sells beer at Citizens Bank Park.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

A Phillies’ Beer Vendor Channels Marlon Brando, For Fun and Profit

It’s a classic Marlon Brando scene (“Heyyy, Stellaaaa!”) that beer vendor Tom McGee recreates as he walks the aisles of Citizens Bank Park, selling cans of Stella Artois.

07/01/2015

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