Councilwoman's Step-Grandson Accused Of Committing Series Of Frauds While Working For City Of PhiladelphiaThe U.S. Attorney's Office says while Jeffrey Blackwell was investigating fraud in the Controller's Office, he was committing fraud of his own.
City Council Discusses Why Cursive Handwriting Isn't Mandatory In School DistrictCouncil members, including education committee chair Jannie Blackwell, wanted to know why the district no longer mandated that kids be taught cursive writing.
In West Philadelphia, Gov. Wolf Urges More State Investment in EducationThe governor spoke to automotive tech students on the west regional campus of Community College of Philadelphia.
New Philadelphia Pre-K Funding Commission May Be Decided By Voters This SpringCouncilwoman Jannie Blackwell says a permanent commission to promote enrollment -- and to better fund Pre-K -- is needed.
Local Churches, Organizations Up In Arms Over Requirement They Prove Their Non-Profit StatusCity Council is at odds with the Nutter Administration over a law that forces non-profits in the city to prove they're truly not for profit.
City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local ControlIf at first you don't succeed...City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.
Phila. L&I Pushes Back Against Councilwoman's Plan For Street VendingThe city's Department of Licenses & Inspections says street vendor spots are assigned by a neutral lottery, not by a neighborhood group, and L&I would have no way to control what could be subsequent chaos.
Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OKCouncil today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.
City Council Member Backs Off On Measure Others Fear Would Upset State LawmakersOne lawmaker this past week reluctantly tabled a measure that her colleagues feared would upset Harrisburg.
Sale of University City High School Expected to be Finalized MondayThe School District of Philadelphia's plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month's end.
Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City SchoolsBut the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.
Councilwoman Blackwell Blasts Drexel's Plan To Buy University City High SchoolAttorneys for Drexel University got a tongue lashing Tuesday from a city council member over the school's plans to buy the shuttered University City High School.
Rep. Bob Brady Denies Involvement In Alleged Traffic Ticket FixingU.S. Congressman Bob Brady is denying that he ever tried to get traffic tickets fixed for friends or supporters.
Philadelphia Firefighters Hoping To Purchase 1,000 Overcoats For Needy Local Kids"Operation Warm," a partnership with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, raises money for coats for Philadelphia children who need them.
Phila. Lawmakers Say Yearly School Budget News Comes Too LateCouncilmembers complained to school district CFO Matthew Stanski (left) that the district keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.