March 2, 2012 |
Elections officials in several states worry that the closing of mail-processing centers and post offices could disrupt vote-by-mail balloting this year, a potential problem that has led some members of Congress to call for a delay until after the November elections. The U.S. Postal Service recently said it was moving ahead with plans to close at least 223 processing centers and thousands of post offices, adding to the 153 centers and 965 post offices that have closed since 2008. The moves are part of a cost-cutting strategy for an agency that estimates it will lose up to $18 billion a year by 2015.
May 20, 1989 |
General Motors Corp. chairman Roger Smith said yesterday more assembly plants could be closed if economic conditions became unfavorable and if the government's fuel-economy standard continued to be increased. At a four-hour annual shareholders meeting, Smith also gave the first indication of how his successor would be chosen. The chairman, who retires in July 1990, said a committee of GM's outside directors would begin meeting this fall to pick a candidate. Smith told the shareholders that no executive had an inside track on becoming his replacement.
April 1, 2011 |
Faced with a critical budget shortfall, the Philadelphia School District will unveil the draft of a plan next week to close and consolidate schools to deal with 70,000 empty seats. The meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the district's headquarters at 440 N. Broad St., is the next step in a process the district calls "right-sizing" that will include six community meetings later in the month. While some changes will be implemented in the fall, district officials said no closings or consolidations would occur until the 2012-13 academic year.
January 9, 2012 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's announcement that it plans to close 49 schools in June not only produced anger and grief, it spawned rumors and misinformation. Some of the errors causing the most consternation centered on school appeals and the hiring process for displaced elementary school teachers. According to some accounts circulating over the weekend, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput had changed his mind and would not review cases where schools believed that the recommended closing was based on factual errors.
March 2, 2010 |
A federal prosecutor said during her closing argument yesterday at the fraud trial stemming from the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly that Danieal's condition at the time she died was proof that the defendants "didn't do their jobs. " Danieal, 14, who had cerebral palsy, died on Aug. 4, 2006. She weighed just 42 pounds and had bed sores that were bone deep. Four employees of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health - co-founders Mickal Kamuvaka and Solomon Manamela, and caseworkers Julius Juma Murray and Mariam Coulibaly - are charged with billing the city for in-home visits to at-risk families that were never made under a $3.7-million contract.
April 23, 2012 |
The Philadelphia School District will massively restructure itself in the coming months, fundamentally altering the way it is organized and run - and possibly closing 40 low-performing, underused schools next year and shifting many more students to charters. The district faces a $218 million shortfall for the coming school year, more than previously stated and subject to rise if Mayor Nutter's proposed city tax plan does not materialize or if a recent charter school ruling is not altered.
January 20, 1994 |
Many Philadelphia businesses shut down by early afternoon yesterday to conserve electric power in response to Gov. Casey's declaring a state of emergency. Some Center City office buildings reported temporary power outages yesterday morning that disrupted operations and caused computer systems to crash. And retailers were hard hit by a lack of customers, who heeded warnings to stay off icy roads. But many manufacturing plants continued operating, often with fewer workers and less than full power, or by running their own generators.
January 12, 2014 |
CITING CONCERNS about stability and consistency, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said yesterday that he will not recommend any school closings this year. The announcement follows 30 school closings in the past two years, including 24 a year ago, to address steadily declining enrollment and underutilized buildings. In announcing his decision during a conference call with reporters, Hite said his focus was on bolstering existing neighborhood schools. "The primary factor is we could not guarantee, based on where space was available, we would be improving the academic environment for children," he said.
October 19, 2011 |
As it prepares for large-scale school closings, the Philadelphia School District must brace itself for a painful process that probably won't generate much revenue, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts released Wednesday. The report, by Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative, examined districts that have engaged in similar closings over the past decade, including Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Washington. It concluded that short-term financial gains have "been relatively small in the context of big-city school-district budgets" - with real savings achieved only with mass layoffs.