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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

Philadelphia's Commission for Universal Pre-Kindergarten holds its first meeting, in the mayor's reception room of City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Philadelphia’s New Universal Pre-K Commission Gets Down to Business

The new commission’s job: to recommend ways the city can pay for high-quality pre-K for 40,000 eligible three- and four-year-olds.

06/30/2015

(The "When and If," under full sail, in file photo)

Tall Ships Bring History Sailing into Delaware Riverfront

Among the tall ships in the Parade of Sail, arrayed today along the Delaware River, is a schooner named “When And If” that once belonged to Gen. George Patton.

06/25/2015

(File photo by KYW's John Ostapkovich)

Expect More Crowds On SEPTA Trains As Agency Installs New System

You may find less elbow room on SEPTA regional rail trains, as rail cars are taken out of service for federally required safety upgrades.

06/22/2015

(In a new video, her daughter describes the day Carol Reiff disappeared under suspicious circumstances in Blackwood, NJ.)

Police, Family Hope New Video Will Shed Light on S. Jersey Woman’s 2013 Death

Wednesday will mark two years since the body of 59-year-old Carol Reiff was found in a wooded area near the Lakeview Apartments.

06/22/2015

(Some of the classic desserts from Junior's a longtime landmark of Queens, New York.  Photo provided)

Junior’s, Iconic Maker of New York Cheesecakes, Moves Baking Operation to South Jersey

A famous taste of New York City has moved out of its longtime home in Queens, New York, and landed in Burlington, NJ.

06/22/2015

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Camden Residents Frustrated At Long-Delayed Opening Of Gateway Park West

Activists told the Delaware River Port Authority they were tired of hearing that the west side of Cooper River Park would open “soon.”

06/21/2015

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