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NEWS
April 16, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SASHEIKA DUFFUS is pleading to rehire counselors and teachers. Mayegan Brown is advocating for more administrators. Now the two 11th-graders have a chance to be heard - or read or seen - thanks to a campaign launched yesterday by Mayor Nutter called "Students Speak!" that allows students to submit a written or video essay on the need for full and fair funding in the city's public schools. "Education is about these young people," Nutter said in announcing the initiative at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy in Nicetown during a joint news conference with Superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"I suppose you're the enemy," John C. Bogle, founder of Malvern-based Vanguard Group and that rare creature, an investment celebrity, told the crowd of bargain-hunting stock-pickers in an ornate ballroom in New York's Plaza Hotel. Bogle was onstage for a "Great Debate" vs. his host, Jim Grant, Federal Reserve-bashing, gold-loving publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer , a contrarian investors' bible. The two squared off over Bogle's once-radical, now-mainstream proposition that even professional securities pickers can't beat market indexes like Standard & Poor's list of the 500 major U.S. stocks.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A 29-year veteran of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office - its financial administrator - was charged Friday with stealing more than $100,000 in drug-forfeiture money and spending it on concert and sports tickets and other items. Counts against Mary Elizabeth Lynch, 48, of Ridley Township, include receiving stolen property, forgery, and identity theft. Unsecured bail was set at $100,000, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced. "This is a case of betrayal," Whelan said.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin and Sarah Smith, Inquirer Staff Writers
Congress will pass a bill to pump billions of dollars into transportation improvements this year, federal legislators promised Thursday at a Center City rally. "It's now the federal government's turn to make sure we step up," said Rep. Bill Shuster (R., Pa.), chair of the House transportation and infrastructure committee. Congress is reviewing an Obama administration proposal to raise $478 billion through six years for transit needs, from highways and trains to ports and bridges.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
An appeals panel on Thursday ruled that the Christie administration could not seize millions of dollars from towns that was intended for the construction of housing for low- and moderate-income residents. Gov. Christie previously attempted to use those funds to help balance the state budget. The three-judge panel's decision comes a month after the state Supreme Court declared the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) "moribund" and transferred its regulatory authority to designated trial judges.
NEWS
April 10, 2015
THE CHILDREN'S Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia (CSFP) receives donations from businesses that are using Educational Improvement Tax Credit programs. I am a parent whose children have benefited from these scholarship programs. I have witnessed the difference in the quality of education they are receiving. Your editorial stated that there is no proof that there are any measurable benefits from these type of scholarship programs. However, the National Center for Education Statistics study reports that students attending private and parochial schools have significantly higher standardized test scores, more challenging curriculum and graduation requirements, and more college graduates than their public-school peers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2013, Arden Kass was one of about 20 Philadelphia parents who traveled to Harrisburg to deliver 4,000 letters by schoolchildren pleading to restore education funding. It didn't go well. "The mothers were shocked at how callous the environment was, and, when they went to deliver these extraordinary words of children, how little currency they had," said Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), which helped with logistics. "Some of the women became activists on education as a result of that.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey's highest court will hear the Christie administration's appeal in a case over funding of the state's pension system. The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday issued an order that set oral arguments in the case for May 6. The order comes as Gov. Christie seeks to reverse a judge's February decision that said the governor broke the law in June when he slashed the state's payment to the pension system for public employees by $1.6 billion for...
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
PHILADELPHIA writer and parent Arden Kass became outraged a couple of years ago when the school district slashed its budget and classroom education suffered. Teachers were laid off and class sizes ballooned. "It seemed like they were attacking the school system," Kass said in an interview last week. "The budget cuts seemed almost punitive. It seemed like you had to succeed in spite of what was going on in the state. " Kass soon became obsessed with Philadelphia's school-funding issue and developed an idea that she pitched to a few funders and to civic leaders including Donna Cooper with Public Citizens for Children and Youth.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If elected mayor, Lynne M. Abraham says, she would take Harrisburg to federal court if necessary to force lawmakers to adequately fund Philadelphia schools. She wants to end the School Reform Commission and replace it with a board of elected and appointed members. And she wants to add city caseworkers to deal with chronic school absenteeism, institute mandatory prekindergarten, and prioritize fixing or replacing the School District's stock of old, crumbling buildings. Abraham articulated her ideas in an education plan released Thursday.
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