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July 13, 2006 | By CHAKA FATTAH
OUR CITY is at a critical juncture on the vital issue of the future of our schools. This isn't a perennial matter of wringing hands over the fate of public education. It's a real-time issue with a quick-time solution: Keep Paul Vallas. The city's future is entwined with the quality of our schools. And their rising quality is directly tied to Paul Vallas' tenure as chief executive officer of the School District of Philadelphia. Vallas is without doubt the most capable leader of a major urban school district in the United States Keeping him should be a slam dunk.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission would be foolish not to extend Paul Vallas' contract. He's the best superintendent the district has had since Constance Clayton. The two infractions on his watch do not outweigh his overall performance. I've been following Mr. Vallas since the beginning of his administration, and he has done an excellent job. Most of his opposition has come from leaders who were insulted by his business moves. SRC and other leaders of Philadelphia, get off Paul Vallas' back and let him do the job none of you had the heart or brass to do. John W. Brown, Yeadon Inappropriate letter I was deeply offended by Ron Stokes' June 30 letter, "To Michael Berg, unfit parent.
NEWS
May 14, 2005
It's hard to imagine, but the British punk-rock band the Clash has something to say about Philadelphia's gangly, go-getting schools CEO, Paul Vallas. A song called "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" was a big hit for the Clash. Here are revised lyrics, to suit Vallas' situation as rumors of a move back to Illinois swirl around him. Will he stay or will he go? If he says that he is fine, He'll be here a longer time So he's saying it is so, He will stay and will not go. Rumors are strange beasts.
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June 14, 2011 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia schools chief executive Paul Vallas will be honored Tuesday night in Philadelphia by a new nonprofit group that seeks to offer services to charter schools and districts across the country. American Paradigm Schools will also honor Jeremy Nowak, president and chief executive of the Reinvestment Fund. The Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit group that finances neighborhood and economic-development projects, has helped charter schools obtain financing for their buildings.
NEWS
July 11, 2002
WELCOME TO the City of Brotherly Love, Paul Vallas. We can't begin to tell you how happy we are to see you. Your appointment yesterday may be the best thing the School Reform Commission has ever done. It's almost enough to make us forget all the wacky contract moves and charter school pronouncements made by SRC chairman Jim Nevels. We're familiar with the magic you worked in the Chicago School District and are anxious to see your financial and leadership wizardry here in Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 23, 2006
Though Paul Vallas' five-year contract as the chief of Philadelphia public schools doesn't expire until next year, it soon may be decided whether to extend his stay. Vallas and city School Reform Commission Chairman James Nevels, along with other members of the SRC, have been a powerful team leading change in a school district that badly needed it. What a shame if the SRC itself broke up that team and slowed the momentum it has built over the last four school years. The SRC would serve the district best by extending Vallas' contract.
NEWS
April 15, 2007
If the last five years have taught Philadelphia anything, it is that Paul Vallas is a very complicated man. Maybe it takes a complicated person to slog through a complicated challenge. Few challenges in 2002 were messier than reviving the troubled Philadelphia School District. Vallas' announcement last week that he will leave Philadelphia after the academic year ends is cause to look back at the native Chicagoan's tenure as the district's leader. Lessons galore for this city, for the School Reform Commission and for the next schools chief, can be found in that review.
NEWS
January 20, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Serious infractions involving students, including assaults and morals offenses, have dropped more than 10 percent in the Philadelphia School District for the first four months of the school year, officials reported yesterday. If the numbers hold for the full school year, it would be the district's first with such a decline since Paul Vallas became chief executive in 2002. This school year, from September through December, there were 2,604 reported offenses, compared with 2,911 for the same period in 2004.
NEWS
December 12, 2006 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At a marathon, sometimes emotional special meeting yesterday, members of City Council grilled Philadelphia School District chief executive Paul Vallas on issues ranging from a $73.3 million budget deficit to test scores and the city's dropout crisis. The joint committees on finance and education met nearly all day to hear from a parade of witnesses on the deficit in the school system's $2.04 billion budget and the city's truancy and dropout problems. Vallas told Council members the district got into a fiscal bind this year because of a delay in some expected revenue; an unexpected increase in term payouts to retirees and other employees leaving the district; and a "historic" drop in unspent appropriations, or salvage.
NEWS
May 12, 2004 | By Susan Snyder and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Soon, students in Philadelphia's public schools may not be the only ones who must adhere to dress codes. Teachers might need to save their sweatpants for weekends. Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer, said yesterday that his administration was negotiating with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers to allow dress codes for staff. Under the proposal, the teachers on each school's building committee would be empowered to set their own standard. The current PFT contract, which expires in August, prohibits the setting of dress codes.
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November 4, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ask Anne Olvera's sixth graders what makes their school special, and every hand in class shoots up. "We made AYP every year, for eight years!" one boy says, referring to adequate yearly progress, the state measure that indicates that the E.M. Stanton Elementary School met standards under No Child Left Behind. Stanton is a safe place, too, they say. It offers cool programs kids like, they add - violin classes, lessons in African drumming, pottery, Shakespearean drama, and dance.
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September 13, 2011 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in decades, Center City has an opportunity to keep families with young children in Philadelphia instead of watching them flee to the suburbs. So says the Center City District, which Monday issued a report challenging the city's leaders and residents to capitalize on the stunning population growth of young people in Center City and beyond. Many of those new residents are starting to have children, creating a baby boom in neighborhoods such as Bella Vista and Fairmount.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
ADD FORMER Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas to the long list of people furious about the $905,000 bye-bye buyout approved this week to send Arlene Ackerman packing. Vallas isn't angry at the exiting superintendent. He's fighting mad at Mayor Nutter for green-lighting the deal and City Controller Alan Butkovitz for laying low as it all went down. Nutter and Butkovitz publicly scrutinized the $180,000 that Vallas received from the district four years ago when he left to run the New Orleans School District.
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
TUCKED SAFELY away from the harsh and unforgiving limelight that once singed him, former Philly schools chief Paul Vallas has been watching intently as the district's budget crisis unfolds. In town for a forum on charter schools last night, Vallas shared his thoughts on the district's financial woes, the city's response and the contrast of how he was treated toward the end of his tenure compared with the School Reform Commission's treatment of his successor, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.
NEWS
June 14, 2011 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia schools chief executive Paul Vallas will be honored Tuesday night in Philadelphia by a new nonprofit group that seeks to offer services to charter schools and districts across the country. American Paradigm Schools will also honor Jeremy Nowak, president and chief executive of the Reinvestment Fund. The Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit group that finances neighborhood and economic-development projects, has helped charter schools obtain financing for their buildings.
NEWS
August 13, 2010 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IF ANYONE'S entitled to laugh like a hyena over the troubles of Rod Blagojevich, it's Paul Vallas. But Vallas wouldn't indulge much schadenfreude at the expense of the Illinois ex-governor, who's on trial for corruption. "I'm too old to wish anyone ill," Vallas, 57, said when I called to ask how he was feeling about the legal travails of "Blago" (such an apt, Bozo-y nickname for a man who, convicted or cleared, is the Clown Prince of Politics). Still, Vallas chuckled: "How embarrassing is it that I got beaten by a guy whose legal defense has been that he's not bright enough to do what they say he did?
NEWS
May 25, 2010 | By FATIMAH ALI
I BELIEVED, from the moment she set foot in Philadelphia in 2008, in School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's ability to improve the city's dysfunctional school system. Early on, she appeared to be poised, polished and highly educated, with a professional track record that far surpassed her predecessor, Paul Vallas. I viewed Vallas as just another politically connected carpetbagger, who dropped in on Philadelphia just long enough to boost his credentials and his bank account, but made few sustainable improvements in Philly's ailing schools.
NEWS
May 25, 2010
I BELIEVED, from the moment she set foot in Philadelphia in 2008, in School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's ability to improve the city's dysfunctional school system. Early on, she appeared to be poised, polished and highly educated, with a professional track record that far surpassed her predecessor, Paul Vallas. I viewed Vallas as just another politically connected carpetbagger, who dropped in on Philadelphia just long enough to boost his credentials and his bank account, but made few sustainable improvements in Philly's ailing schools.
NEWS
May 23, 2010 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Mastery Charter School at Thomas prepares for its first graduation next month, good news is pouring in to its South Philadelphia campus. In a neighborhood where district high schools send 16 to 24 percent of their graduates to college, 93 percent of Thomas' seniors will attend. It has been only five years since Mastery took on Thomas and became the first operator in the city to convert a troubled middle school into a charter. Yet Thomas was one of 22 charter schools nationwide lauded this spring by a New York educational-reform group for achieving dramatic academic gains with low-income students.
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