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The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Another Try: Pa. House Committee Approves Phila. Cigarette Tax for Schools

For some, it was déjà vu: the House passed a bill more than two months ago to authorize the cigarette tax for city schools, but then the bill got bogged down.

09/16/2014

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

Phila. Public School Advocates Keep Pressure on Corbett For School Funding

Laurie Friedman, who lives in West Philadlephia, had tears in her eyes as she read letters written by students begging state lawmakers to increase funding for the city’s schools.

09/08/2014

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Public School Students Return To Class Amid Budget Crisis

Philadelphia public schools opened today amid huge budget deficits and reduced staffing

09/08/2014

(Volunteers plant greenery at Dunbar Elementary School, near 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Volunteers Pitch In To Spruce Up a North Philadelphia Elementary School

This is the third year that “People Helping People” has helped the staff of Dunbar Elementary get ready to open, and the volunteer force has grown to about 200 people.

08/21/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Happy To See Schools Opening But Presses Pa. Legislature For Action

The mayor says the interim cuts imposed now to allow schools to open on time will, in his view, affect learning.

08/15/2014

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Philly Schools To Open On Time, But With Service Reductions

The School District of Philadelphia will open as planned on September 8th, but with temporary “service reductions.”

08/15/2014

(Tom Wolf, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, center, chats with Alan Levin, CEO of Northeast Building Products.  Photo by Tim Jimenez)

Pa. Governor Candidate Tom Wolf Says State Should Do More For Philadelphia Schools

One day after Governor Corbett was in town to announce an advance of funds for the troubled School District of Philadelphia, his Democratic opponent in the upcoming election, Tom Wolf, made a campaign stop in Northeast Philadelphia.

08/07/2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announces the early release of funds for Philadelphia schools.  Credit: Andy Zaramba)

Corbett Releases Funds Early For Phila. Schools; Hite, Nutter Say More Must Be Done

Schools superintendent William Hite, standing next to the governor for the announcement, stressed that this early disbursement does not resolve the $81-million funding gap the school district needs to close to avoid layoffs and other serious cuts.

08/06/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Meets With Pa. Lawmakers Over Taxes For Phila. Schools, With Little Result

They met for about two hours, but in the end there was no agreement to bring the House back into session to vote on the $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia public schools.

08/04/2014

(Commonwealth Association of School Administrators' president Rob McGrogan, in file photo. Credit: Mike DeNardo/ KYW)

First Official Day Back To Work For Philadelphia’s Public School Principals

Principals’ union president Rob McGrogan says his members have been working straight through the summer despite contract concessions last March that cut their pay from 12 months to ten months per year.

08/04/2014

(Philadelphia public school advocates board buses for Harrisburg to demand passage of the $2-per-pack city-only cigarette tax.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia School Advocates Carry Funding Demand To Harrisburg

The point, organizers say, is that if dozens of people can take time from their lives to go to Harrisburg, lawmakers can come back into session and take action on the $2-a-pack cigarette tax.

08/04/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For Schools

Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) confirms that supporters of a $2-per-pack city cigarette tax to raise funds for Philadelphia schools are having trouble rounding up enough votes to pass it in the House.

07/31/2014

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

Philadelphia School District Hoping For Viable School Makeover Plans

The district is inviting principals and teachers to present their own instructional ideas to overhaul Philadelphia schools.

07/22/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

US Education Secretary Pleads For Pa. Lawmakers To ‘Do the Right Thing’ For Philly Schools

“The children of Philly deserve better,” said secretary of education Arne Duncan (center) at a Community College of Philadelphia roundtable on how young men of color can achieve.

07/11/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Trimming Hundreds of Jobs Through Layoffs

In all, 342 layoff notices are going out. A school district spokeswoman says this is unrelated to the cigarette tax standoff in Harrisburg.

07/10/2014

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