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NEWS
July 30, 2008
AMERICA IS a great country. What black people need to do is to get together - black churches and all other black groups - and do what we can to get our people to destroy their guns and their drugs. In their place, go to church. Turn to God up in heaven and also become a more educated people. Let's go to college and become well-educated people, and let's wear clean, decent-looking clothes. Let's have shaves and look decent at all times. Get off these corners. If mankind lived the way God intended, all the money we spend on wars is money that could be spent rebuilding the black ghettos.
NEWS
May 29, 2007
IN MY TOWN, we live by the commandment "Thou shalt not kill. " It's not that easy in the big city, so may I suggest a few ideas to reduce the gun violence in Philly: 1. Set up a "watchdog vigilante group" in each neighborhood. It will have a very positive effect. 2. Adopt a gun-collecting group to gather up as many guns as they can, put them on a barge on the Delaware River and sail them out to build a reef of guns. This idea is taken from Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Saturday Night Special": "Why don't we gather up all the guns and drop them to the bottom of the sea, after all, we may end up shooting either you or me. " 3. Raise the gun registration and licensing fee to $200 a gun and impose an even bigger fine on any gun not registered or in the hands of a minor or a criminal.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
ALL THIS hoopla around Dr. Hite's latest plan for our school district needs some perspective. Talk to any educator and ask what is needed, for instance, to achieve "all 8 year olds reading on grade level. " As a retired kindergarten teacher, let me describe working conditions so you have an idea of what our children have to contend with when they enter kindergarten. There can be up to 30 children in a class. Many have had some preschool experience, but I always had a group of children who walked in off the streets with absolutely no preschool experience.
NEWS
January 13, 1989
It sounded tough. Mayor Goode's response to a scathing grand jury report on deficiencies in the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections called for "complete revamping of the organizational and leadership structure of the department. " The mayor last month demoted the two officials fingered by the jury as responsible for unnecessary fires, and directed his new L&I commissioner, Donald Kligerman, to turn up the heat and turn the department around. All that tough talk turns out to be just talk.
NEWS
June 8, 2002
Better. Much better. But not quite there yet. The American bishops of the Catholic Church this week proposed an action plan for dealing with the horrific stain that priestly abuse of children has brought upon the institution - and the horrific pain brought to victims, their families and the faithful. In fact, one of the best things about the bishops' statement is that its focus clearly is protecting children and helping victims, not merely preserving the church from scandal.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
The dustup over who is to blame for an 80 percent error rate in denials of applications for post-Sandy housing grants continued Thursday as the state defended its work and lawmakers took steps to protect frustrated hurricane victims. The state is preparing to hear public comments about its plan to dole out an additional $1.46 billion in federal aid, of which $390 million will go to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program, which has 7,000 people on its waiting list.
NEWS
February 6, 2007 | By Greg Vitali
A recent United Nations report is the latest in a stream of compelling evidence prompting politicians of all stripes to publicly acknowledge the seriousness of global warming. It is time for Pennsylvania's elected officials to convert their political rhetoric into action on this issue. On Feb. 2, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report predicting global temperature rises of up to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit and sea-level rises of up to 23 inches by the end of the century.
NEWS
May 11, 1995 | By Russell Gold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Bucks County Commissioners yesterday formed a task force to coordinate the numerous public and private groups working to curb the spread of violence. The Violence Prevention Task Force will spend a year making a plan for spending and countywide collaboration. The goal is to join forces to promote and encourage programs that are working. "The purpose of the task force is to consolidate their efforts and conserve resources," Commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick said of the nonprofit groups that ask the county for office space or funding assistance every year.
NEWS
January 28, 2002
Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a monthly publication devoted to local education news/analysis. Call 215-951-0330 x 107 or e-mail psnotebook@aol.com. Web: www.researchforaction.org/edison.html. A Guide to Effective Statewide Laws/Policies: Preventing Discrimination Against LGBT Studies in K-12 Schools. Available through Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund or GLSEN (NY). Call 212-809-8585 or 212-727-0135. Education That Works: An Action Plan for the Education of Minorities.
NEWS
August 7, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Philadelphia School District has proposed a series of management changes in response to a scathing federal audit that found inadequate documentation for nearly $140 million in expenditures and resulted in a recommendation that city schools be placed on a fiscal watch list. While auditors initially called for the return of $17 million in federal funds, district officials on Friday formally outlined the district's reforms and stressed that the U.S. Department of Education has never demanded repayment of any federal subsidies.
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NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FOR THE SECOND straight year, the Philadelphia School District is staring at a more than $300 million shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That's according to a lump-sum budget adopted last night by the School Reform Commission, which lays out broad projections of revenue and expenses. The forecast anticipates $2.8 billion in expenses, with $2.5 billion in revenues, leaving a deficit of $320 million. "Based on our current financial picture, we are still left without adequate funding to provide even the most basic services for our students," SRC chairman Bill Green said.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
ALL THIS hoopla around Dr. Hite's latest plan for our school district needs some perspective. Talk to any educator and ask what is needed, for instance, to achieve "all 8 year olds reading on grade level. " As a retired kindergarten teacher, let me describe working conditions so you have an idea of what our children have to contend with when they enter kindergarten. There can be up to 30 children in a class. Many have had some preschool experience, but I always had a group of children who walked in off the streets with absolutely no preschool experience.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
DAYS AFTER unveiling a bold plan to improve Philadelphia's public schools, Superintendent William Hite last night revealed the bold price tag to go with it: $320 million. That's the amount of additional annual revenue the district is seeking to begin implementing Hite's Action Plan 2.0 - including enhanced early-literacy programs, added support for English-language learners and special-ed students, and more training and evaluation of teachers. The full implementation cost, however, could be almost twice that.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
PHILADELPHIA schools Superintendent William Hite threw down a challenge to the teachers union yesterday, saying he's run out of patience with the rules governing how employees are assigned to public schools. Hite hopes to speed up contract negotiations with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers now that former at-large City Councilman Bill Green is chairman of the School Reform Commission. Family Court Judge Kevin Dougherty administered the oath of office to both Green and new SRC Commissioner Farah Jimenez yesterday afternoon.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite enormous, ongoing fiscal challenges in the Philadelphia School District, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. is thinking big. How big? Every 8-year-old in the city reading at grade level. Every student graduating ready for college and careers. Every school with a great principal and teachers. Full funding for great schools. Centering on those four goals, Hite's 42-page blueprint for the future of the district, to be issued Monday, is full of "bold expectations," the superintendent said.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SCHOOL DISTRICT of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite today will unveil a bold action plan, calling for more school turnarounds, more autonomy for principals and new student assessments. The blueprint, called Version 2.0 , hinges on four interrelated goals: getting 100 percent of students to graduate and be ready for college and a career; getting 100 percent of 8-year-olds reading on grade level; providing every school with a great principal and teachers; and getting 100 percent of the funding needed.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
The dustup over who is to blame for an 80 percent error rate in denials of applications for post-Sandy housing grants continued Thursday as the state defended its work and lawmakers took steps to protect frustrated hurricane victims. The state is preparing to hear public comments about its plan to dole out an additional $1.46 billion in federal aid, of which $390 million will go to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) program, which has 7,000 people on its waiting list.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By SANDRA SHEA
ON A HOT June day nine years ago, I met up with an architect and an historian at LOVE Park and we spent the next few hours slowly making our way up Ben Franklin Parkway on foot. By the time we got to the Art Museum I had not only a sunburn, but also a new appreciation for just how much work this grand boulevard needed. While imposing institutions lined both sides, the spaces in between were, for the most part, unplanned and inhospitable. With no places for people to convene, expanses of dead space, no food offerings but a Subway sandwich shop, and constant car traffic that made crossing the street an obstacle course, the Ben Franklin Parkway fell far short of greatness.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
THE BEN FRANKLIN Parkway, already on a hot streak, will see even more updates by the time Mayor Nutter leaves office. The city Department of Parks and Recreation on Monday will release a plan called "More Park, Less Way: An Action Plan to Increase Urban Vibrancy on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. " An agency spokesman said Tuesday that the title is suggestive of what the public can expect to be unveiled. "We heard from many in the community and specifically those neighborhoods that are adjacent to the Parkway," spokesman Patrick Morgan said.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
EVERY NEW superintendent releases a plan soon after taking office - a blueprint for how things will be different this time as he attempts to turn around our struggling schools. Superintendent William Hite's action plan for city schools, released Monday, calls for higher SAT scores, early literacy and placement of more students in advanced math. But his plan has something that recent superintendents haven't included in theirs: an acknowledgment that money is a problem. As he explains, "The School District of Philadelphia does not have the luxury to set its education agenda without regard for financial implications and sustainability, nor can it be successful if financial decisions are divorced from educational impact.
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