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June 14, 2004 | Interview conducted by Daily News staff writers Mensah M. Dean, Catherine Lucey and columnist RonniePolaneczky
QWhat is the goal of this campaign? Vallas: To really get at the type of things that create environments that are conducive to disruptive behavior. It's the broken-glass theory - if students are disrespectful, if children are chronically disruptive, if they're following the uniform policy, but yet they're not. The colors may be right, but the clothing may be totally inappropriate. There are so many things in the schools that we have to tackle. So, the objective is to begin to undertake a number of initiatives designed to get at the problem of poor behavior in the schools, and I like the name you came up with, because this is about old-fashioned manners and civility and without them we cannot have safe school climates.
NEWS
May 13, 2005 | By Harris Steinberg
Harris Steinberg is director of Penn Praxis at the University of Pennsylvania Chicago is a city of immense civic pride. Walking its streets recently, I marveled at its cleanliness, its can-do urban vitality. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's commitment to sound environmental design and stewardship of public space runs deep. The results can be seen in the neighborhoods that surround the immaculate central business district and lakefront. Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas comes to us by way of Chicago, bringing his Midwestern energy to the woes of the Philadelphia School District.
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October 27, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As City Council called for hearings yesterday to investigate how the Philadelphia School District fell into a budget crisis, schools Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas sought to give a nuts-and-bolts explanation of how the district came to find itself out $73.3 million. It came as Mayor Street sent a letter to School Reform Commission Chairman James Nevels, requesting a "clear and unequivocal understanding" of district finances and a "public process" to resolve the problem. During a late afternoon interview at the district's North Broad Street headquarters, Vallas pointed to seven areas that led to the deficit in 2005-06.
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July 2, 2006 | By Susan Snyder and Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Is Paul Vallas' time coming to an end? At a recent private meeting on the future of the Philadelphia School District's chief executive, one School Reform Commission member said the district might be ready for a new leader - a "bureaucrat" rather than a "messiah. " But it remains uncertain whether that musing by one of the five members on the district's governing board will lead to a once-unthinkable upheaval in leadership at the 178,000-student district. Vallas has enjoyed widespread community and political support and, at times, has even been described as "a knight in shining armor" and "a rising star.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
SOMETIMES you just have to hold your nose and jump right in. Especially when situations are bad, like crime in the streets or discipline in the schools. There's no time for dilly-dallying when the safety of citizens and the education of our children are at stake. And that's why we hail the sense of urgency generated recently by Philadelphia School District CEO Paul Vallas when it comes to violence in the schools. We wish others in Philadelphia had the same sense of urgency.
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May 14, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
THERE IS NO POVERTY OF WAYS to tell the story of how Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America. You can tell it through images like the pictures that the photoblogger aptly named "RuinPorn" posted of the massive Budd Co. complex in Hunting Park. In the 1940s, it anchored the surrounding Hunting Park community with 7,000 well-paying jobs, but has sat mostly abandoned for a dozen years, an aging cathedral of shattered glass and stagnant water. You can tell by stories like that of Tianna Gaines-Turner, 34, a Frankford woman who photographs and chronicles her struggles to escape food insecurity with her three children for the Witnesses to Hunger Project, and writes that "a lot of times I let my well-being go for them.
NEWS
June 25, 2007
OUTGOING School Superintendent Paul Vallas may be flying to New Orleans with a big wallet. He is negotiating a severance package with the School Reform Commission; one report suggested it could be as much as $500,000. How many bad lessons does this teach? It's a bad math lesson: Vallas leaves a district with academic gains, but with a $100 million deficit, and hard choices have to be made to balance the budget. How to justify even a token payment when line items like teachers, academic programs and other expenses will also be on the table?
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February 23, 2006 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A parents' group whose application was turned down for an arts-based charter school accused the Philadelphia district yesterday of favoring the politically connected. The group called on elected city and state officials to investigate. "We believe this is an unjust process that favors insiders, and it is totally biased against parents of Philadelphia schoolchildren," said Monika Kreidie, one of the organizers of the proposed Northern Liberties Charter School. But Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive, said their application for an elementary-school charter was turned down because it was flawed.
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July 19, 2005 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School District has laid off about 90 nonteaching assistants since last month, in some cases replacing them with employees in newly created, lower-paying jobs - a change that has angered their union. Nonteaching assistants mainly help keep order in the schools, working in lunchrooms, playgrounds and hallways and assisting teachers. The new positions, known as "school-climate assistants," will be more classroom-based and duties will include tutoring as well as helping to maintain order, said schools Chief Executive Officer Paul Vallas.
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May 14, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
THERE IS NO POVERTY OF WAYS to tell the story of how Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America. You can tell it through images like the pictures that the photoblogger aptly named "RuinPorn" posted of the massive Budd Co. complex in Hunting Park. In the 1940s, it anchored the surrounding Hunting Park community with 7,000 well-paying jobs, but has sat mostly abandoned for a dozen years, an aging cathedral of shattered glass and stagnant water. You can tell by stories like that of Tianna Gaines-Turner, 34, a Frankford woman who photographs and chronicles her struggles to escape food insecurity with her three children for the Witnesses to Hunger Project, and writes that "a lot of times I let my well-being go for them.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
Some intriguing questions have been raised by the floating of Councilman Bill Green's name as a possible successor to Pedro Ramos, who quit as chairman of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission in October, three months before the end of his term. Speculation that Green will run for mayor in 2015 has subsided somewhat, but leaving City Council for the unpaid SRC post would allow him to remain visible despite the requirement that Council members and other city employees resign to run for another position.
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November 10, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Vallas, the former Philadelphia schools chief, was picked Friday to be Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate in 2014. Vallas, currently superintendent of public schools in Bridgeport, Conn., was picked to run as lieutenant governor by Quinn, himself a former lieutenant governor who rose to the governor's office to replace his scandal-plagued predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. Illinois law requires that candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a team. "I've known Paul Vallas for 30 years, and he's never been shy about fighting for education, reform, and opportunities for working people," Quinn said in a statement.
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July 3, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
FORMER PHILADELPHIA schools superintendent Paul Vallas was removed Friday from his job as head of Bridgeport, Conn., schools because he lacked the required certification. The individual study course designed by Vallas, 60, to secure the proper credentials was deemed a "sham" by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, who ruled that Vallas' effort did not meet state requirements, according to the Connecticut Post . Vallas was named Bridgeport superintendent in late 2011 by the state education commissioner, after city officials and school board members asked the state to disband the Board of Education and replace it with appointees, the Post said.
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.
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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
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 24, 2008 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The ink is dry and the details finalized - incoming Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman will earn a package worth up to $500,000 annually in salary and perks, a review of her contract shows. Ackerman, who starts June 1, will receive $325,000 in base salary, but counting bonuses, life insurance and pension, the total deal could net her $494,333 per year. That figure includes up to $65,000 as a bonus for hitting performance goals. If she stays through June 2011, she earns an extra $100,000.
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March 29, 2008 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reforming the hurricane-ravaged New Orleans school system has proven an easier task than running the schools in Philadelphia, former city schools chief executive Paul Vallas said here yesterday. In his first appearance in the Philadelphia area since leaving in June, Vallas said that there are no union contracts tying his hands in New Orleans and that there is more funding than he had in Philadelphia. He has extended the school day to 4:30 p.m. and the school year into July. He said those are the benefits of rebuilding from scratch the 26,000-student New Orleans Recovery School District - less than one-sixth the size of Philadelphia's 167,000-student system.
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