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July 21, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
The city of Philadelphia is on a hiring spree, sparked by the recently passed sweetened-beverage tax. More than two dozen jobs have been posted since last week, and city officials say more are on the way. They range from data analysts and school-health specialists to a workforce manager for a prekindergarten expansion, all listed as the city prepares to launch both the tax and the programs it will fund. "These are important early steps that we need to take to make sure the programs are implemented effectively," city finance director Rob Dubow said.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Craig R. McCoy, and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
For decades, millionaire Main Line businessmen Richard Ireland and Brian McElwee have plied politicians with campaign money while landing government contract after contract. None of it has provoked much attention. But now the two little-known partners are drawing scrutiny beyond political circles. In the latest probe into "pay to play" in Pennsylvania, federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed a host of documents from the businessmen.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District will receive an additional $50 million in state funds this fiscal year under the spending plan approved Wednesday in Harrisburg, district officials said. While that's $6 million less than expected, officials said the shortfall was manageable and could be partially offset by the district's share of funds collected from ride-sharing services in the city. "I do think that it is important to acknowledge the governor, the leaders of both parties, and the Philadelphia delegation," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said during a short news briefing on the budget Thursday.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.
NEWS
July 16, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Fund schools equally As a former member of the Lower Merion school board, I disagree with the commentary about the controversies involving charter schools and student testing ("Can Real World and Education World get along?" Wednesday). Neither annual testing nor state-based curricular standards will help our young people learn. We already know that large numbers of students in Lower Merion test "advanced" and that too many students in the Philadelphia School District - whether in charter schools or traditional public schools - test "below basic.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
The Kingsway Regional School District in Gloucester County has jumped into the statewide debate over competing ideas to more equitably fund New Jersey's public schools. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) convened a forum Wednesday in Woolwich Township to push his plan to bring every school district to "adequacy" funding within five years by reallocating existing aid and adding up to $100 million a year. "We're not looking to defund anybody; we're looking to treat every child equally," Sweeney said, adding that he wants to have the money follow the children while recognizing each child's specific needs.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS President is 'out of touch' At the Dallas memorial service for the five slain police officers Tuesday, President Obama said that as a nation, "we are not as divided as we seem" ("Obama: Don't despair," Wednesday). It is interesting if not confusing that he said this after one of the most vicious assaults against police in modern U.S. history. Hopefully, it was just optimism on his part and not a realistic assessment. If it was a realistic assessment, he seems hopelessly out of touch with reality.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sturla
THE AMERICAN Society of Civil Engineers reports that, because of the number of Pennsylvania roads in disrepair, Pennsylvania motorists spend $424 per year each in car repairs, a total of $3.7 billion. Pennsylvania rates a C-minus on the ASCE's Report Card for America's Infrastructure; that's despite a recently enacted gas tax that places Pennsylvania 11th highest in gas prices. So where is all the money going? While Pennsylvania desperately needs funding to address its ailing infrastructure, $814 million was taken this year alone from the Motor License Fund, intended to build and repair roads and bridges, to provide free state police coverage for municipalities that opt not to pay for local or regional police coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The golden summer morning was perfect for a stroll on the Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia's answer to New York's High Line . The difference is that Philadelphia's version has no architect-designed staircases or glass elevators to bring visitors up to the postindustrial wonderland. To get inside, you have to venture up an overgrown ramp, bushwhack your way through chest-high weeds, then shimmy through a large opening in a chain-link security fence. Technically, it's trespassing. "I've been here several times," Brian Ewing, a 37-year-old Philadelphia schoolteacher, told me the other day as he showed a friend the drill.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
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