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NEWS
August 14, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IN JUNE, WITH NO funding in sight, Philadelphia School District officials laid off 3,859 district employees, saying the district couldn't afford to pay their salaries anymore. Nonetheless, district officials are still hiring, prompting questions about staff priorities. The district's human-resources office has been advertising on the district website for positions at the central office and a few of its 218 schools. And in a move that touches a nerve with labor representatives, some of the nonunion jobs posted and filled were once union positions, they say. The move, union leaders and education advocates claim, is an attempt by the district to weaken the union, drive down wages, decrease revenue from union dues and bring more jobs under district control.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since March, when the 2013 Flower Show had its lowest attendance in more than a decade, layoff rumors have traumatized staff at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show's producer. On Wednesday, the rumor came true - 22 of 133 full- and part-time jobs were cut and two more downgraded to part time. The changes affect almost every level except the top - including communications; development;   Green Scene magazine; human resources; landscape management; library; marketing; programs; and Meadowbrook Farm, the PHS estate garden, greenhouse, and retail operation in Abington Township.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University Health System announced the elimination of 11 positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and 14 at Jeanes Hospital. Officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs in the system for the affected employees, who came from management and nonmanagement ranks but were not involved in patient care. Fox Chase and Jeanes have a combined 3,500 employees. Those cutbacks, part of the integration of Fox Chase and Jeanes, followed a larger layoff last week at Einstein Health.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Natalie Hawtin arrived in Philadelphia from Michigan with her teaching degree in 2010, she dropped by a school in Center City and was captivated by the students and staff. Even after she landed another job in the School District, Hawtin would stroll past Greenfield Elementary School at Chestnut and 22d Streets, point to a third-story window, and say: "One day I'm going to teach there. " Hawtin's dream came true, and she began teaching second grade at Greenfield in September.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Philadelphia School District continues to grapple with a financial crisis, it announced layoffs Friday of 76 employees. The new cuts, expected to save $32 million, affect 63 staffers at the district's headquarters at 440 N. Broad St. and 13 employees in regional offices, most working in early childhood education. This round follows the announcement two weeks ago of 3,783 layoffs, including noontime aides, assistant principals, counselors, teachers, and secretaries. Combined, the job losses represent a 19.9 percent decrease in the 19,530-member workforce.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings is on a mission. At Ben Franklin High, Jennings was a three-sport athlete who dreamed of becoming famous and be able to take care of his family without financial worry. After concluding that certain dreams would not become a reality, the North Philadelphia native settled with boxing because it was his best chance to be great at something. "I pushed myself and pushed myself," Jennings said. "Now, I am ready for whatever is thrown at me. " Tonight, Jennings will face his first test since knocking out Bowie Tupuo last December.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
AS LAYOFFS loom in the school district, Naomi Wyatt, a lawyer who was a cabinet member in former Gov. Ed Rendell's administration, has been named its new chief human resources officer, district sources told the Daily News yesterday. Wyatt, 40, is expected to begin her new job June 24. She's leaving the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, where she has been the director of legal and governmental affairs since June 2011, according to her LinkedIn page. District spokesman Fernando Gallard declined to confirm Wyatt's status with the district, saying officials "were not ready" to discuss it. School officials are expected to announce a second round of layoffs today at district headquarters in an effort to help close a $304 million budget shortfall.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid massive Philadelphia School District layoffs, the teachers' union Tuesday decried the lack of education funding, Mayor Nutter spent the day in Harrisburg seeking support for schools, and laid-off noontime aides demonstrated outside City Hall. "The students trust us," said Doris Hogue, an aide at South Philadelphia High School and one of 1,203 aides who received pink slips last week. "When fights are getting ready to occur, the students come to us," Hogue said during a rally outside City Hall that drew about 30 aides, students, and parents.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Chester Upland School District has released a preliminary 2013-14 budget with a $22.5 million shortfall that might require a 2.7 percent tax increase and layoffs. The $123.9 million spending plan approved Thursday night by state-appointed receiver Joseph Watkins represented a $22 million increase from this year's. School officials cautioned that the budget was in the early stages and that the district could get more state funding. Final adoption is scheduled for June 27. The deficit is due mainly to charter-school payments, according to George Crawford, the district's chief financial officer.
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