May 2, 2016
David Lapp is the director of policy research at Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based education organization ( www.reserachforaction.org ) A good charter school law must ensure that authorizers have actual authority over their charter schools. That's the conclusion to be gleaned from a recently released "performance" audit of the School District of Philadelphia's Charter School Office by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The report finds the district compliant with state law "in all significant respects" on charter authorization, but suggests changes are needed to ensure quality.
April 28, 2016 |
Authorities are investigating the death on Monday of a 2-year-old Bucks County girl who was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries the night before. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday that the child, Athena Wolfe, of Falls Township, had been taken to a local hospital on Sunday "in very bad shape" with "respiratory distress" and suspected bleeding of the brain. She was flown by helicopter to CHOP, where doctors tried to save her. But the toddler was pronounced dead at 6:57 a.m. Monday, he said.
April 27, 2016 |
Robb Armstrong reads from "Fearless: A Cartoonists Guide to Life. " 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. Free. Information: 215-686-5322
April 18, 2016 |
Close calls don't count in sports retailing, and that helps explain why it will soon be lights out for the Sports Authority store in Cherry Hill. The field is crowded - Dick's Sporting Goods (the 800-pound gorilla because of its scale), Modell's, REI, Cabela's, and Bass Pro Shops are among the players vying for the sporting dollar. There's also Schuylkill Valley Sports, an employee-owned firm with 18 stores in the Philadelphia region, and City Sports, an East Coast chain that tanked and is being revived by two Wharton-trained brothers.
April 6, 2016 |
A LARGE group of people who create books for children and teenagers are hoping to send a message to adults in North Carolina. Nearly 270 authors and illustrators have signed a letter calling on the state to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use. The letter, which was posted on the School Library Journal website, said the 269 signees are "disappointed and angered by...
April 1, 2016 |
Pennsylvania American Water announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Scranton Sewer Authority for $195 million. The company, a subsidiary of American Water of Voorhees, already provides water service to the sewer system's 31,000 customers. The transaction, which went through a 10-month bidding process, requires the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the state Public Utility Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
March 11, 2016
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Board on Wednesday selected Gregory Heller as its new executive director. Heller, CEO of the Baltimore-based nonprofit development corporation American Communities Trust, will fill the vacancy left by Brian Abernathy, who is now the first deputy managing director. Prior to working at American Communities Trust, Heller worked for Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions and the Enterprise Center Community Development Corp. in West Philadelphia.
February 13, 2016 |
City officials have begun steps to seize access to a strip of waterfront land from a Fishtown business for completion of a planned 3.3-mile bike and walking trail along the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is in the process of getting an appraisal for an easement to the land behind the Henry Stewart Co. wire rope business between Penn Treaty Park and SugarHouse Casino, agency spokesman Paul Chrystie said Thursday. The city expects to acquire the easement within eight weeks, he said.
February 12, 2016
Authorities on Wednesday night were trying to locate a 14-year-old boy who disappeared Tuesday afternoon from a facility in Chester County for children with developmental disabilities. John Thomas Parker was last seen walking away from the Devereux Leon Kanner Learning Center in West Whiteland Township about 2:30 p.m. Police said it was possible that Parker walked to a nearby train station to leave the area. His family lives in Washington Township. Parker is black, 5-feet 7-inches tall and about 110 pounds.