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Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

School District of Philadelphia. (credit: Steve Patterson)

Group Plans To Sue The State To Address Problems In Phila. Schools

A group is preparing legal action, to try to force the state to address shortcomings at Philadelphia public schools.

08/24/2014

(Amy Laura Cahn of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Moves Toward Posting Its Regulations Online

The city charter requires that departmental regulations and notices of meetings be published in local newspapers. That charter dates from the early 1950s, so of course there’s no mention of the Internet.

04/28/2014

(Matt Olesh speaks to reporters at a press conference outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Lawyers Urge City Council To Send Sales Tax Windfall to Philly’s Schools

The two dozen attorneys are urging councilmembers to extend the city sales tax hike to provide $120 million for the cash-starved Philadelphia School District.

04/24/2014

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Sunoco Praised For Revising Its Criminal Background Check Policy

Several Philadelphia advocacy groups are applauding one of the area’s largest employers for changing its hiring practices to give those with criminal records a better chance at a job. And they’re hoping other companies take note.

03/28/2014

(File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Judge Strikes Down Photo ID Requirement For Pennsylvania Voters

A state judge has struck down the law requiring Pennsylvania’s voters to show photo identification at the polls.

01/17/2014

Jerome Shabazz in the greenhouse. (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Local Groups Team Up To Help Grow Healthy Communities

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia teamed up with urban agricultural groups Saturday for a daylong event that demonstrated how access to locally grown food can lead to healthier communities.

10/26/2013

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Parents Considering Legal Action Over Hobbled Philadelphia Schools

Tired of waiting for answers on how schools can open Monday with overcrowded classes and barely any counselors or support staff, parents are looking at taking matters into their own hands.

09/05/2013

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