May 14, 2014 |
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.
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.
November 10, 2013 |
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.
July 3, 2013 |
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.
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.
June 15, 2011 |
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.
June 14, 2011 |
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.
August 13, 2010 |
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?
May 24, 2008 |
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.
March 29, 2008 |
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.