August 23, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey ordered Friday that a uniformed officer be taken off street patrol and that the officer's gun be taken from him after Facebook videos surfaced showing the officer pressuring a motorist to buy tickets for a police union fund-raiser. In the videos, Officer Matthew Zagursky tells a driver that if he buys tickets to the fund-raiser, Zagursky will not tow his vehicle. The officer also uses a homophobic slur while apparently joking with the man at another point.
August 20, 2015 |
The Wolf administration on Tuesday urged a Delaware County Court judge to drastically cut how much the financially troubled Chester Upland School District pays charter schools for special-education students and online learning. Gov. Wolf said the district's survival could hinge on winning court approval for the cuts in charter reimbursements, which would total an estimated $24.7 million in the 2015-16 school year. "This needs to end," Wolf said, referring to Chester Upland's 25-year history of financial crises, which have led to millions of dollars in emergency state aid, massive layoffs, and a plunge in enrollment in traditional public schools.
August 15, 2015 |
Laying down a position from which top Democrats will not back away, State Sen. Vincent Hughes said Thursday there would be no Pennsylvania budget without a Marcellus Shale tax and millions of dollars in new education spending. Heading into a second straight day of budget talks with Gov. Wolf and leaders of the four legislative caucuses, Hughes (D., Phila.) said falling state standardized test scores demonstrated a need for greater funding for schools across the state. Lawmakers and the governor are more than a month late in delivering a state spending plan.
August 14, 2015 |
After 10 people were shot last weekend in Philadelphia, three of them fatally, U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) visited North Philadelphia on Wednesday to tout legislation that would invest federal funds in local crime prevention programs, saying the "school-to-prison pipeline" needs to be cut off. "It's almost incalculable, the return on investment you get for the life of that young person," said Casey, who was joined by local leaders including District...
August 7, 2015 |
Rutgers University raised a record $187.9 million last school year, most of it earmarked for specific programs and projects, the school announced Wednesday. The bulk of the money - about 60 percent - came from "a surge in donations" received at the end of the university's 71/2-year "Our Rutgers, Our Future" fund-raising campaign, the university said in a news release. The campaign to raise $1 billion ended Dec. 31, 2014, exceeding its goal by $37 million. The 2014-15 record surpassed the previous year's total by 26.6 percent.
August 2, 2015 |
The super PAC backing Gov. Christie's presidential candidacy disclosed its list of donors to federal regulators Friday, offering the first detailed glimpse of his national network of financial backers. Among the donors are members of the Christie campaign's national finance team, such as hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen and Home Depot cofounder Kenneth G. Langone. Other contributors include New Jersey firms that have been awarded a total of more than $100 million in state contracts.
July 30, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDS Twinned with reform In their commentary arguing for more school funding before reform, Adam Schott and David Lapp omit the chronology ("Before reform, fund properly," July 23). In all of the states they cite - Louisiana, Tennessee, and Massachusetts - reform preceded more funding. In Louisiana, the Legislature created the Recovery School District two years before the state received a large influx of federal and philanthropic money to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
July 29, 2015 |
Barbara Silzle, a veteran of many Philadelphia arts and nonprofit organizations, has been named executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, officials announced Monday. She succeeds June O'Neill, who headed the fund for a dozen years before she left in March for personal reasons. Silzle, 60, who will take the post Monday, said she was thrilled with the possibilities inherent in the job. "I feel it's the perfect place for me," she said. "It involves the arts, community, and grant-making - a great combination given my different experiences in Philadelphia, the arts, and government.
July 28, 2015 |
Fourteen years after then-Mayor John F. Street launched his signature effort to eliminate blight in Philadelphia, the city has yet to spend the last of the funds set aside for the legacy project. About $38 million remains of the $296 million that was raised in 2001 through a bond sale. The money was intended to fund Street's ambitious Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). Following then-Mayor Ed Rendell's focus on sprucing up Center City and the Avenue of the Arts, Street wanted to have a lasting impact in the city's neighborhoods, especially the blighted ones, by demolishing thousands of vacant buildings and acquiring properties for redevelopment.
July 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A former Harrisburg mayor was charged Tuesday with misusing public funds to buy thousands of historical artifacts as part of a botched effort to turn the cash-strapped city into a tourist destination. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced nearly 500 criminal counts against Stephen Reed, who she said indulged his own interests by purchasing the artifacts for museums he "dreamed up" that never came to fruition. The items included a vampire hunting kit, a cowboy bathtub, and a Ford's Theatre bill from the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, as well as knives, daggers, and guns.