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July 2, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IS HALF A LOAF enough to save school programs and thousands of education jobs in Philadelphia? State lawmakers and Gov. Corbett cobbled together a patchwork bailout for the Philadelphia school district that's less than half of its $304 million budget gap for the coming school year, which doesn't fully address its long-term problems. Here's what they did do as darkness fell on Harrisburg:   Q. How much money will Philly receive after Gov. Corbett's rescue package? A. The rescue package - including funding in the state budget signed shortly after 10 p.m. by Corbett and other actions - totals more than $140 million for next year.
NEWS
May 28, 2015
WE KNEW we were being naïve when we imagined that City Council would come back from the last week's campaigning and roll up its sleeves to address the hard issues of school funding in Philadelphia. Any one of the issues would have been fine: how to come up with the $105 million the district requested of the city, how to fill the $85 million deficit, the erosion of essentials like school nurses and books, or maybe the discouraging disparity - 33 percent, according to a recent study - between funding for rich districts vs. poor ones like ours.
NEWS
April 12, 2011 | By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A close look at the government shutdown-dodging agreement to cut federal spending by more than $38 billion reveals that lawmakers significantly eased the fiscal pain by pruning money left over from previous years, using accounting sleight of hand, and going after programs President Obama had targeted anyway. Such moves permitted Obama to save favorite programs - Pell grants for poor college students, health research, and "Race to the Top" aid for public schools, among others - from Republican knives.
NEWS
September 18, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Barbara Trent has been a teacher for 42 years, including 23 spent corralling cute kindergartners at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary. To see her in action, a lone adult surrounded by scamps, is to be rendered instantly exhausted. Especially this fall, as schools like Cook contend with Gov. Corbett's budget cuts and the institutional chaos of the Philadelphia School District. "I had 17 students last year," Trent said wistfully last week when I popped into her remarkably controlled classroom.
NEWS
September 12, 1990 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
Panic threatened for a time last week when members of the Northeast Philadelphia Cultural Council learned that no money had been allocated in the state's capital budget for work on the Furey Ellis Building, one of the newer structures on the grounds of the now-closed Philadelphia State Hospital. Their concerns were heightened when spokesmen for the Department of General Services, the state agency responsible for the hospital's buildings and grounds, reported that funding for Furey Ellis had been removed from the budget.
NEWS
July 21, 2004
AS A union representative for SEPTA's locomotive engineers, I applaud the Daily News editorial support for full dedicated funding for SEPTA. Although dedicated funding enjoys strong bipartisan support from legislators in this five-county region, yes votes will also be necessary from those who are not normally sympathetic to the needs of Philadelphia or SEPTA. In order to win their support, several pervasive SEPTA "myths" need to be aggressively countered with the facts. SEPTA is not a bloated bureaucracy that would misspend any dedicated funding increases.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A group of elected officials and a coalition of Cheyney University students and alumni said they will restart a 33-year-old federal civil-rights suit against the state unless Gov. Corbett's administration provides additional funding to help the deficit-plagued, historically black state school survive. "We're trying to make sure that Cheyney is treated not just fairly, not just equally, but equitably," said Michael Coard, a lawyer, Cheyney alumnus, and part of a coalition calling itself Heeding Cheyney's Call.
NEWS
June 3, 1990 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer Staff Writer Robert Zausner contributed to this report
The debate was heated, the stakes high, the question agonizingly familiar: Would SEPTA raise fares? When a majority of the SEPTA board voted yes recently, the decision was predicated on an expectation that next year, things would be different. Next year, state politicians would set aside a predictable and secure funding base for SEPTA, so it could avoid the further decay of its system or the frustrating budget dilemmas of this spring. Only one problem with that expectation: Some of the state's leading politicians have yet to promise they will try to make it come true.
NEWS
June 14, 1987 | By Chris Hand, Special to The Inquirer
If the local business community comes through with funding, the more than 3,000 school-age children in Voorhees Township may get a new playground. The Voorhees Township Committee last Monday agreed to provide the Osage Parent Faculty group with $5,000 toward the purchase of the playground, which would be next door to the Osage Elementary School on Burnt Mill Road. The design of the playground would be similar to one constructed at the Clara Barton school in Cherry Hill last year, according Linda Nichols, a member of the parent-teacher group.
SPORTS
January 27, 1998 | by Edward Moran, Daily News Sports Writer
Under the threat of losing their baseball team, Allegheny County officials are close to completing a plan to provide public funding for new stadiums for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. The plan, which could be announced as early as next week, would not only provide a local contribution for the two stadium-starved teams; it would trigger a promise by Gov. Ridge to kick in the state's portion of the funding and provide a blueprint to a solution for the Phillies and Eagles. Only the state's contribution would be left to complete the financing mix of local, state and private sources that a governor's task force has said would be necessary to fund stadium construction in Pennsylvania.
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NEWS
April 25, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Farah Jimenez, a Philadelphia School Reform Commission member and a former head of the People's Emergency Center, has been named president and CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund. The independent nonprofit, which champions quality public education in the city and provides scholarships to help students attend college, is scheduled to make the announcement Monday. "We are excited that Farah will be driving Philadelphia Education Fund's continued mission of delivering exceptional outcomes for all Philadelphia students by developing great teachers, and building paths to college and career success," David Baker, chairman of the fund's board of directors, said in a statement.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
More than $2.6 million was awarded Wednesday to 284 arts and cultural organizations around the city by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, about the same number as last year. Of those, 20 are receiving their first grants, fund officials said. Since its founding in 1991, the fund has distributed $40 million in unrestricted operating funds to hundreds of groups, large and small. The fund also announced that the Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is winner of the Councilman David Cohen Award, a noncash award recognizing an arts organization for its economic and social justice work.
NEWS
April 23, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Restore Pa. funds to poorest schools Last week, the Pennsylvania Senate and House passed House Bill 1589, which would use a new formula to distribute a small increase in basic education funding for this school year. The action came without a restoration of funds to the school districts that bore the brunt of cuts under Gov. Tom Corbett. This ensures that the state will continue to have the largest funding gap between affluent and poor districts in the country.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Samantha Quinones bought kale for the first time this week - and ate it raw in a salad mixed with some spinach. Chalk it up to a class on food and nutrition that the 25-year-old single mother of two boys is taking at Congreso de Latinos Unidos in North Philadelphia. Quinones, who lives in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, said the class, sponsored by the food-service giant Aramark and the American Heart Association, is making a big difference to her. "I'm more aware of what I buy at the grocery store," Quinones said.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, STAFF WRITER
Toll Bros. Inc. said Monday that its Gibraltar Capital and Asset Management subsidiary had created a venture with a "large institutional investor" to provide builders and developers with land banking and joint-venture capital. The venture will finance builders' and developers' acquisition and development of land and home sites, and "pursue other complementary opportunistic investment strategies," the Horsham-based luxury-home builder said. The venture, to be managed by Gibraltar, will have a total of $400 million of funding commitments, with 75 percent from the institutional investor and 25 percent from Toll Bros., the builder said.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Former tennis pro Andre Agassi's charter-school investment fund is poised to turn a $1 million profit when it sells a North Philadelphia classroom building this week to the charter operator that has leased it for five years. The sale to KIPP Philadelphia Charter School is one of the first by Agassi's partnership with the California-based financier Bobby Turner since they set out in 2011 to deliver attractive returns to investors with a country-spanning portfolio of charter-school properties.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
Things should have been easy after Lower Merion Township announced plans a decade ago for a redevelopment of downtown Ardmore, a Main Line town with its own Amtrak and SEPTA train stop. The township picked a private developer. He planned to spend millions to rebuild a puny, aging train station and surround it with a multistory complex of luxury residences, parking, and shops. The state agreed to kick in up to $15 million. But what transpired instead is a big-money saga now before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that focuses on a highly political grant pool controlled by the governor and state lawmakers.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Dickinson College is preparing to launch a major fund-raising campaign, but its current president, Nancy A. Roseman, won't be raising the funds. Roseman, who arrived at Dickinson in 2013 as the first female leader in the college's long history, said she would resign, effective June 30. "It's an eight-year marathon," Roseman, 57, said of the upcoming campaign. "You have to have a consuming appetite to take that on. I just recognize in myself that I didn't have the appetite for that eight-year marathon.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
When the Centennial School District embarked on a $140 million building spree in the mid-2000s, with three new elementary schools and major high school renovations, officials failed to account for just one thing. They didn't expect that state government would keep finding ways to renege, or at least stall, on its promise to help districts pay down construction debts through its aid program known as PlanCon. That looked to be the case again this year, when the belatedly approved state budget didn't include money to make the expected PlanCon payments.
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