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May 8, 2015 | BY AUTUMN KELLY & ROBERT WEINER
PRESIDENT Obama's plan to extend free secondary education is a progressive means to rectify social and economic inequality and expand American leadership. The policy sets a long-overdue precedent that would allow millions of students to lift themselves from competing for low-skilled, low-paying jobs into meaningful trajectories that would generate revenue and foster innovation. While Obama's plan makes meaningful strides, we need a policy that goes even farther. The plan would have more impact if it was extended to a free two years at any university, with a second two years also free if the first two are successful, to allow a full four-year B.A. or B.S. The objects are opportunity to all and American worldwide economic leadership.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | BY KIA HINTON & DAWN HAWKINS
AS African-Americans who advocate for students and parents in our communities, we find the notion that billionaire hedge-fund managers who live on the Main Line should decide who will be our next mayor and determine the shape of public education in our city troubling, to say the least. The three partners of the Susquehanna International Group - Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass and Arthur Dantchik - poured $6 million into the failed gubernatorial bid of Anthony Hardy Williams and now are spending more millions to make him mayor.
NEWS
May 5, 2015
ISSUE | ECONOMY Beggar thy neighbor When Henry Ford started mass production of cars early in the last century, he quickly realized that there was a major problem: Sale prices would be far too excessive for the average buyer. His solution was a stroke of genius. He raised the salaries of his employees to what was a generous amount at that time, $25 per week. In all probability, other employers followed his example. As a result, sales of cars increased dramatically. Today's corporate philosophy is very different.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
With two news vans outside his front door and an invitation to appear on Today in New York on Thursday, Michael Rossi is wondering what he did to merit so much attention. "I hope this is Minute 14 of my 15 minutes," the Abington Township father of 9-year-old twins said Wednesday. The frenzy started when he penned a letter to his children's principal at Rydal Elementary School. She had notified him that the three school days his children had missed - April 17, 20, and 21 - so they could watch him run the Boston Marathon and spend time in the Boston area constituted unexcused absences.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
ALMOST two years ago, President Obama announced that he was tightening the rules under which the CIA carries out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. Afterward, civilian casualties did, in fact, fall significantly, according to independent monitoring groups. But Obama's higher standard wasn't enough to avoid the unintended killing of two civilian hostages, one American and one Italian, in a Jan. 15 drone strike in Pakistan. Nor did the new rules protect two other U.S. citizens who had joined al Qaeda from being killed the same week.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | BY JOEL MATHIS & BEN BOYCHUK, Tribune News Service
ALTHOUGH the first primaries of the 2016 election season are still months away, the IRS appears to be already gearing up to investigate churches that participate in politics. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group based in Arizona, sued the IRS this week to learn more about the agency's election-year plans. The lawsuit alleges that the IRS is refusing to disclose details of an agreement it made with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, to enforce a law that would strip a church of its tax-exempt status if it were involved in obvious political activity.
NEWS
April 24, 2015
I AM THE FATHER of four beautiful girls and a fifth who passed away suddenly at the age of 19 in December. I just read Helen UbiƱas' article in Tuesday's Daily News . I felt the need to email you to tell you how powerful it was! I have been preaching to my daughters since they were young that if they respect themselves, no man can ever disrespect them. As a young man raised by a single mother, I grew up sometimes without the direction that can only come from a father. I, too, had my misguided perceptions of relationships with women.
NEWS
April 23, 2015
Honoring a high flier Ever since I wrote a report about Benjamin Franklin in the fourth grade, he has been my favorite Founding Father ("Name airport for the well-traveled Ben Franklin," April 17). A Philadelphian by choice rather than birth, this renaissance man helped put Philadelphia on the map. Renaming the airport for him would be a great way to help visitors grasp the important role history plays in the city. |Suzanne Fluhr, Philadelphia, sfluhresq@gmail.com City Council changes City Council has time to vote on digital billboards but not on the budget.
NEWS
April 23, 2015
NOW THINGS are coming more into the light about some of these physically abusive Philadelphia police officers. To attack a man for no reason is wrong. Thankfully, it happened in front of several lawyers, but the man still got assaulted badly. My opinion is that the officers should be in the same cell next to him. Some police officers believe that the badge means you can harm anybody, and most don't care who they hurt. But now, not only did they assault this man, they assaulted an innocent woman - and not just any woman, but a public-defender lawyer.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | BY NATE BOHLANDER
IF A PHILADELPHIA student skips school for just six days, her parents are subject to truancy laws that could result in fines and even jail time. So, what happens if a teacher cuts class to work full-time for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers for more than a decade - enjoying free health-care benefits, gaining seniority and accruing pension perks while doing so? Right now, more than 20 individuals - dubbed "ghost teachers" because they ceased teaching long ago - remain on the School District of Philadelphia's payroll, and it's just business as usual for the PFT. In late February, the Fairness Center filed a lawsuit seeking to end this abusive and illegal practice, and keep teachers where they belong - in the classroom.
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