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June 28, 2002 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's School Reform Commission has chosen former Chicago public schools chief Paul G. Vallas to be the district's chief executive officer, a source close to the reform process said yesterday. "Vallas is the one and it appears as if he wants it," the source said. "It's all but a done deal. " Vallas, 49, who ran Chicago's public schools for six years and recently lost a Democratic bid for Illinois governor, declined to comment yesterday. He met with Mayor Street in Philadelphia yesterday and later with Gov. Schweiker in Harrisburg.
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July 16, 2002 | By Susan Snyder and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Philadelphia School District's new chief executive officer, Paul G. Vallas, has recruited two fellow Chicago officials to come here and help him with the city's schools. Michael Harris, Chicago's budget director, was picked to become the district's chief financial officer. He would replace James Doosey, who has been in the job since January. Vallas, the former Chicago public schools chief, served as that city's budget director and supervised Harris. Cozette Buckney, former chief education officer of the Chicago Public Schools, also will come on board as interim chief academic officer, Vallas said.
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June 26, 2012 | By Regina Medina and Daily News Staff Writer
TWO CANDIDATES vying to be the school district's next superintendent come from different backgrounds. One is a Latino immigrant, who has worked in the Midwest and West, with a penchant for crunching numbers. The other is African-American, with degrees in educational leadership, whose jobs have taken him to the South and the Mid-Atlantic. Both men, Pedro Martinez, 42, and William R. Hite Jr. , 50, will be in Philadelphia this week for public forums at district headquarters.
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September 19, 2003 | By ELMER SMITH
THE EYEGLASS thing is what finally pushed Paul Vallas over the edge. "We did vision screenings for 11,000 to 12,000 children and about 15 percent of them failed," the CEO of the Philadelphia School District told me yesterday. "In order to get them free eye exams and glasses, we needed parental permission slips. Only about half of them returned the permission slips. " That did it. Vallas dusted off an idea he introduced when he was running the Chicago school system and updated it for local parents: parental report cards.
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July 12, 1990 | By Kathy Sheehan, Daily News Staff Writer
It will be four more days before Bill Pinkney departs from New York to attempt a solo circumnavigation of the world. And already he's got a classic sailor's tale. "The most scary thing for any sailor is running into land," says Pinkney, a Chicago native who has been in Philadelphia the last 10 days getting his 47- foot sailboat, Commitment, ready for the 27,000-mile voyage. Does that fear take in a bridge abutment nowhere near the water? Pinkney's yacht was trucked from Chicago to Philadelphia two weeks ago by a company that estimated the yacht mounted on its trailer would clear 14 feet.
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August 5, 2005 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An Illinois state court yesterday threw out Philadelphia schools chief Paul Vallas' petition to establish residency there, which could have paved the way for a gubernatorial run in 2006. The Cook County Circuit Court ruled that because Vallas had not declared his candidacy, there was no basis or standing on which to decide whether he is a resident. His supporters, including his brother, Dean, were seeking a ruling in case he decided to run. The Illinois Constitution requires that a candidate reside in the state for three years preceding the election.
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June 10, 2012 | By Don Babwin, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Angry that one promised raise disappeared and that they're being asked to work longer days without what they consider an adequate pay increase, Chicago teachers are considering authorizing their first strike in a quarter-century. In a signal of their mounting anger, teachers will vote this week - before a summer of negotiations and a recommendation from an independent fact-finder - on a strike that wouldn't happen until the next school year starts. If they do authorize a strike, teachers in the nation's third-largest school district would be leaving the final decision in the hands of union leaders.
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August 3, 2012 | By Kate Shaw
    With a nearly $300 million deficit, a leadership transition, and rapidly-unfolding plans for a comprehensive governance overhaul, the School District of Philadelphia faces challenges that are unprecedented in its nearly 200-year history. The "Blueprint for Reforming Philadelphia's Public Schools" proposes one course for navigating the rough seas ahead by focusing on two major goals: safe, high-achieving schools for all kids, and the elimination of the district's deficit by 2014.
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July 11, 2002 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul G. Vallas has signed on to lead the Philadelphia School District because he believes that improving public education "is the civil-rights issue of the 21st century. " "People kept asking me, 'Why in the world are you doing this again?' " said Vallas, who spent six years in Chicago running a school district twice the size of Philadelphia's. "I want to remain in public education, because this is the defining issue of our generation," he said yesterday, shortly after being named the chief executive officer of the district.
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May 13, 2005 | By Harris Steinberg
Harris Steinberg is director of Penn Praxis at the University of Pennsylvania Chicago is a city of immense civic pride. Walking its streets recently, I marveled at its cleanliness, its can-do urban vitality. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's commitment to sound environmental design and stewardship of public space runs deep. The results can be seen in the neighborhoods that surround the immaculate central business district and lakefront. Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas comes to us by way of Chicago, bringing his Midwestern energy to the woes of the Philadelphia School District.
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September 20, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
  T   HE GAME and Drake plan to donate $22,500 to help Ohio woman Anna Angel pay for the funerals of her five children and boyfriend who died in a mobile-home fire. The Game called the Burger King restaurant where Angel works and asked what he could do to help her, a spokesman for the family said. Angel's five children and her boyfriend were killed early Sunday when a fast-moving fire tore through their mobile home in Tiffin, about 50 miles southeast of Toledo.
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September 12, 2012
By Charles Lane Keep the following numbers in mind for the next time a public-sector union official starts lecturing you about social justice. In Chicago, 85 percent of the roughly 400,000 public school students are African American or Latino. A similar share lives at or near the poverty line: about $27,000 for a family of three. The average Chicago public-school teacher earned almost triple that: $76,000 a year, according to the school district. In contract negotiations this year, the Chicago Public Schools offered an average raise of 16 percent over four years.
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August 3, 2012 | By Kate Shaw
    With a nearly $300 million deficit, a leadership transition, and rapidly-unfolding plans for a comprehensive governance overhaul, the School District of Philadelphia faces challenges that are unprecedented in its nearly 200-year history. The "Blueprint for Reforming Philadelphia's Public Schools" proposes one course for navigating the rough seas ahead by focusing on two major goals: safe, high-achieving schools for all kids, and the elimination of the district's deficit by 2014.
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June 26, 2012 | By Regina Medina and Daily News Staff Writer
TWO CANDIDATES vying to be the school district's next superintendent come from different backgrounds. One is a Latino immigrant, who has worked in the Midwest and West, with a penchant for crunching numbers. The other is African-American, with degrees in educational leadership, whose jobs have taken him to the South and the Mid-Atlantic. Both men, Pedro Martinez, 42, and William R. Hite Jr. , 50, will be in Philadelphia this week for public forums at district headquarters.
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June 10, 2012 | By Don Babwin, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Angry that one promised raise disappeared and that they're being asked to work longer days without what they consider an adequate pay increase, Chicago teachers are considering authorizing their first strike in a quarter-century. In a signal of their mounting anger, teachers will vote this week - before a summer of negotiations and a recommendation from an independent fact-finder - on a strike that wouldn't happen until the next school year starts. If they do authorize a strike, teachers in the nation's third-largest school district would be leaving the final decision in the hands of union leaders.
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August 5, 2005 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An Illinois state court yesterday threw out Philadelphia schools chief Paul Vallas' petition to establish residency there, which could have paved the way for a gubernatorial run in 2006. The Cook County Circuit Court ruled that because Vallas had not declared his candidacy, there was no basis or standing on which to decide whether he is a resident. His supporters, including his brother, Dean, were seeking a ruling in case he decided to run. The Illinois Constitution requires that a candidate reside in the state for three years preceding the election.
NEWS
May 13, 2005 | By Harris Steinberg
Harris Steinberg is director of Penn Praxis at the University of Pennsylvania Chicago is a city of immense civic pride. Walking its streets recently, I marveled at its cleanliness, its can-do urban vitality. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's commitment to sound environmental design and stewardship of public space runs deep. The results can be seen in the neighborhoods that surround the immaculate central business district and lakefront. Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas comes to us by way of Chicago, bringing his Midwestern energy to the woes of the Philadelphia School District.
NEWS
September 19, 2003 | By ELMER SMITH
THE EYEGLASS thing is what finally pushed Paul Vallas over the edge. "We did vision screenings for 11,000 to 12,000 children and about 15 percent of them failed," the CEO of the Philadelphia School District told me yesterday. "In order to get them free eye exams and glasses, we needed parental permission slips. Only about half of them returned the permission slips. " That did it. Vallas dusted off an idea he introduced when he was running the Chicago school system and updated it for local parents: parental report cards.
NEWS
July 16, 2002 | By Susan Snyder and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Philadelphia School District's new chief executive officer, Paul G. Vallas, has recruited two fellow Chicago officials to come here and help him with the city's schools. Michael Harris, Chicago's budget director, was picked to become the district's chief financial officer. He would replace James Doosey, who has been in the job since January. Vallas, the former Chicago public schools chief, served as that city's budget director and supervised Harris. Cozette Buckney, former chief education officer of the Chicago Public Schools, also will come on board as interim chief academic officer, Vallas said.
NEWS
July 11, 2002 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul G. Vallas has signed on to lead the Philadelphia School District because he believes that improving public education "is the civil-rights issue of the 21st century. " "People kept asking me, 'Why in the world are you doing this again?' " said Vallas, who spent six years in Chicago running a school district twice the size of Philadelphia's. "I want to remain in public education, because this is the defining issue of our generation," he said yesterday, shortly after being named the chief executive officer of the district.
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