First Official Day Back To Work For Philadelphia's Public School PrincipalsPrincipals' 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.
Philadelphia School Advocates Carry Funding Demand To HarrisburgThe 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.
One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For SchoolsRep. 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.
Philadelphia School District Hoping For Viable School Makeover PlansThe district is inviting principals and teachers to present their own instructional ideas to overhaul Philadelphia schools.
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.
Philadelphia School District Trimming Hundreds of Jobs Through LayoffsIn all, 342 layoff notices are going out. A school district spokeswoman says this is unrelated to the cigarette tax standoff in Harrisburg.
Philadelphia Politicians Hopeful As Pa. Senate Prepares to Vote on Cigarette Tax"While there has been a lot of backslapping and clapping and 'We finally got it done,' we have not gotten it done," warns state senator Anthony Williams (at left in photo).
Phila. Education Advocate Urges Caution Over Amended Pa. Tax LegislationAn amendment attached to the Pa. House bill would give groups who want to open charter schools in Philadelphia the right to appeal to a state board if they get turned down by the School Reform Commission.
Philadelphia Schools Face More Cuts If State Lawmakers Can't Agree On Funding The Philadelphia School District is keeping its pink slips in its pocket for now, until the revenue picture from Harrisburg becomes more clear.
Corbett Renews Call For Compromise On Philly School Funding, Public Pension ReformPennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is renewing his appeal for compromise on the issues of Philadelphia school funding and public employee pension reform.
Teachers' Union Wants Philadelphians to Vote on School District ControlHillary Linardopoulos, of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, said the ballot question would be an important -- albeit symbolic -- statement.
Nutter Weighing City Council's Bill to Decriminalize Small Amounts of PotThe bill's sponsor, Councilman Jim Kenney, estimates that the new marijuana policy could save the police department and the courts $4 million a year.
Phila. City Council Readies To Borrow More on Behalf of School DistrictCouncil president Darrell Clarke said an additional $30 million would serve as a stopgap in case Harrisburg approves a city tax on cigarettes.
Phila. City Council Set For Summer Recess With PGW Deal On HoldMuch to Mayor Nutter's chagrin, his controversial plan to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works will not be introduced before City Council adjourns for the summer season.
Philadelphia School District Pleads For Adequate City and State FundingPhiladelphia school district officials are warning of dire consequences if the city and state don't quickly come through with millions in new funding.