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March 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The swift kick that Gov. Wolf issued to former School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green's rear wasn't entirely unexpected after Green ignored the governor's plea that the SRC not approve any more charter schools. Nonetheless, it was disturbing to see Green demoted. Caught between the new governor wanting no new charters and powerful legislative leaders calling for an expansion of the independent schools, the SRC approved only five of 39 applications. That seemed like a reasonable compromise in that the small number suggested that only the best applications were approved.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Green was not shocked when Gov. Wolf removed him as School Reform Commission chair, he said Monday, drawing a straight line from his ouster to the governor's perceived alliance with the teachers' union. "Based on his public campaign and who his financial backers are, I have a sense that we don't agree on the future of the School District," Green said of the governor, who replaced him with Commissioner Marjorie Neff, a retired Philadelphia School District principal. Wolf wants "more money in the traditional public school model" only, Green said.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A DAY AFTER a major shake-up on the School Reform Commission, the new chair of the Philadelphia School District's governing body said she does not foresee big changes to her role or the way the district handles contract negotiations with the teachers union. "I can't say that there'll be a change in approach," Marjorie Neff, a career educator, said about bargaining with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. "All of the SRC members are committed to making sure we have a contract that is fiscally responsible and giving [Superintendent]
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four former New Jersey governors have written an open letter to the state Senate urging members to reject Robert Barr's nomination to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Last year, Gov. Christie nominated Barr, secretary of the Cape May Democratic Association, to replace Robert Jackson after Jackson voted to bar South Jersey Gas from building a pipeline through 10 miles of protected pine forest. With the vote tied at 7-7 with one recusal, the application for a special waiver was denied.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Days after Bill Green defied Gov. Wolf by voting to approve new charter schools, the governor has stripped Green of his chairmanship of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Marjorie Neff, a retired Philadelphia public school principal, will be the new chair of the five-member governing body of the Philadelphia School District, she confirmed Sunday. A spokesman for Wolf confirmed the governor's move Sunday night after Green made his demotion public. Wolf's spokesman, Jeffrey Sheridan, said the district needed a change in leaders.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
GOV. WOLF appears to be moving ahead with his "Apocalypse Now" approach to governing, and School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green is the latest head on a stake. Wolf, fewer than six weeks into the job, called Green yesterday to inform him that he was removing him as chairman. It was a bold move by the new Democratic governor - on a Sunday night no less! - that Green says might be illegal. Wolf named Commissioner Marjorie Neff, a career educator, as the new chairwoman of the five-member SRC, which governs the 200,000-student Philadelphia School District.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, was in Pennsylvania Monday, urging employers to go South for sunshine, Wawa Cuban hoagies, and lower personal income taxes. On Monday at the Four Seasons Hotel, Scott stood with Wawa Inc. CEO Chris Gheysens, whose company has opened 61 stores in Florida after planning for 40. "We didn't expect it would be this much more efficient, this much more streamlined," Gheysens said. "I'm excited to hear it's easier to do business in our state than in other states," responded Scott, who said he would spend two days here wooing Pennsylvania companies.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - One is a Republican well into his second term, has a foot on the national stage, and is eyeing bigger things - namely, the White House. The other is a Democrat who just marked his first month in office and is still establishing himself in Harrisburg. At opposite ends of their tenures, both Gov. Christie and Gov. Wolf were in Washington this weekend as the National Governors Association and the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations held winter meetings.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Suggesting that Gov. Wolf is acting like a despot rejecting the rule of law based on his personal disapproval, District Attorney Seth Williams on Wednesday petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn the governor's moratorium on the death penalty. "Our constitution does not allow the governor to satisfy his own personal opinions by halting a capital murderer's sentence that was authorized by state statute, imposed by a unanimous Philadelphia jury, and upheld by state and federal courts," Williams said in announcing his petition.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
After less than a month in office, Gov. Wolf last week pulled off an impressive feat on the state's health-care front that he may find difficult to top. But he could be forced to try before long. For now, the governor's pivotal decision to replace his predecessor's jury-rigged health-care program for the working poor means that as many as 600,000 adults will gain full access to quality health care through a Medicaid expansion, with federal funding provided by the Affordable Care Act. Republican state lawmakers were quick to carp about the cost of the switch so soon after the outgoing governor, Tom Corbett, had plunked down $15 million in start-up costs for his program, Healthy PA. But Wolf's initiative will reclaim the potential to create thousands of health-care jobs, save hospitals and taxpayers millions on treating the uninsured, and ease state budget pressures - dividends forgone while Corbett dragged his feet on expanding coverage.
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