March 23, 2015 |
A GROUP OF TEACHERS and staffers at Olney Charter High School yesterday filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting the federal agency conduct an election that would allow employees to become unionized. The filing included signed union authorization cards from Olney employees and stated that the new union would be part of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, according to the petition. More than 70 percent of the 150-person staff signed on to the effort, which may face a challenge from Olney's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania.
February 11, 2015 |
The Coatesville Area School District has reassigned staff members, eliminated some jobs, and suspended staff members with the intent to dismiss as a result of its internal investigation into district management. These and other details have emerged about the extent of mismanagement in the Chester County school district, whose former superintendent and former athletic director were arrested last year on theft and state ethics violations. The arrests were the result of an investigation by the county's District Attorney's Office.
December 31, 2014 |
The fallout from the abrupt closing of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is spreading. Teachers say they fear they won't be paid for working in December. And amid rumors that the charter's flagship building in Northern Liberties would be liquidated to pay creditors, several teachers decided to retrieve personal items Monday - but were initially thwarted by security. Frustrated parents held a protest. "It's unfair to receive notification over the weekend that the school will be closed," said Jihan Pauling, a parent who organized a rally outside the charter's main campus.
December 11, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - As she faces a grand jury probe into alleged leaks, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is once again reshuffling her top staff. On Tuesday, Kane named a former top aide to the Arkansas attorney general as her chief of staff. Kane also said she would be hiring a new communications director - her fourth top communications staffer in less than two years. According to Kane's office, Blake Rutherford will become chief of staff, a position that Kane's predecessors used but one she chose not to fill after taking office.
November 23, 2014 |
The Coatesville Area School District has suspended its assistant superintendent and a custodial supervisor. Officials would not discuss the suspensions of the assistant superintendent, Angelo Romaniello, and supervisor Matt Como, but the moves come as the Chester County district continues to grapple with the fallout from investigations - both internally and by the district attorney - into its management. Romaniello served as interim superintendent last year after the resignation of Superintendent Richard Como in the wake of the discovery of racist and sexist text messages on his district-issued phone.
November 16, 2014 |
Gov. Christie's chief of staff, Kevin O'Dowd, will step down this month to work for Cooper University Hospital in Camden, nearly a year after the governor named O'Dowd his pick for attorney general. O'Dowd, whose selection as attorney general never moved forward after controversy arose over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, will serve as senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Cooper, where he will focus on business development, Christie officials said.
November 12, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has named a former state environmental protection secretary as his chief of staff. In his first appointment since winning election, Wolf said Kathleen "Katie" McGinty would be his top aide. McGinty, 51, of Wayne, was among three candidates who ran against Wolf in the Democratic primary. A graduate of St. Joseph's University, she served as the head of the environmental agency under Gov. Ed Rendell, and also held posts in the White House during the Clinton administration.
October 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Chaka Fattah's new chief of staff comes from a familiar place. He is the former chief operating officer of a nonprofit that Fattah founded - and that federal prosecutors say was at the center of a scheme to help the congressman repay an illegal campaign loan. Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat, said he hired Roger Jackson, whom he has known for close to 30 years, because he was "a great guy who has done extraordinary work for a number of organizations. " Among the groups Jackson has played a top role in was the Educational Advancement Alliance, a charity Fattah created to help boost educational opportunities among people in need.
October 2, 2014 |
PITCHING COACH Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson, bench coach Larry Bowa and the rest of the Phillies coaching staff will not be the scapegoats for a last-place season. The Phillies announced yesterday that all of the members of manager Ryne Sandberg's coaching staff have been asked to return for the 2015 season. Since the regular season does not begin for 6 months, that doesn't necessarily mean the 2014 staff will return in full for 2015. But apparently they've at least been tendered contracts for next season.
September 25, 2014 |
Joseph M. Prota took the initiative once a year to round up clothes and boots that he and his coworkers at the Delaware River Port Authority no longer used and give them to the homeless people who often camped out under the Walt Whitman Bridge. Almost every day, especially during the colder months, he would also bring them food, such as soup, chocolate, coffee, and hot chocolate. "We're going to keep that tradition up in honor of Joe," a colleague, Frank Natanni, said Tuesday. "He was an all-around great guy Mr. Prota, 59, of Williamstown, died Thursday, Sept.