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Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History’ to be taught in Philly schools?

Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History’ to be taught in Philly schools?

With all the problems facing Philly schools this year, it’s a little surprising to see City Council ready to take on the city-wide history curriculum. But, there’s no time like the present, I guess, and there’s no book quite like Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ Councilmembers Jim Kenney and Jannie Blackwell introduced...

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School layoffs will add to already high unemployment

On Friday, it was announced 3,783 employees of the Philadelphia School system–including 676 teachers, 283 counselors, 127 assistant principals, and 1,202 noontime aides—will get layoff notices due to the district’s financial crisis, which includes a $304 million shortfall for the fiscal year which begins July 1. “Today we are seeing what a ‘doomsday’...

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Philadelphia Delegation Slams Nutter’s AVI Plan, Calls it ‘Back Door Tax Increase’

Philadelphia Delegation Slams Nutter’s AVI Plan, Calls it ‘Back Door Tax Increase’

Photo: Nutter sticker seen around town. Last week, state Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Phila) held a news conference in Harrisburg suggesting diverting Pennsylvania gaming revenues to the Philadelphia School District was a better idea than Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative plan, which would re-assess property taxes in the city. Today, State Sen. Larry Farnese,...

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DAILY GRINDER: Pat Toomey for VP? “Very Unlikely”

DAILY GRINDER: Pat Toomey for VP? “Very Unlikely”

Cardboard can't even run for office! Senator Pat Toomey told the Express Times, a newspaper in the Lehigh Valley that it is “very unlikely” he will be the vice presidential nominee, noting, “We’ve got a deep bench. We’ve got a lot of people that would bring a lot to a national ticket.” There’s a “your momma” joke somewhere in there,...

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DAILY GRINDER: Free Booze For Smashed Bottles

DAILY GRINDER: Free Booze For Smashed Bottles

CBS 3 decided to make some news of their own: They bought wine, poured it out, smashed the bottle, brought the glass back into the state store, and got a new bottle of wine – “no questions asked.” It sounds stupid, sure, but apparently stores are losing tons of money on the policy and taxpayers are footing the bill. Last year alone, the PLCB “lost $2.5...

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What is ‘Pink Slime’?

What is ‘Pink Slime’?

First it was ‘school choice’ and now it’s school lunch flesh choice. The federal government is giving school districts across the country the option to choose 95 percent lean beef that contains a filler known to some as ‘pink slime’ or a fattier beef that contains none of it. The Philadelphia School District is currently weighing its options—on the...

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State Sen. Anthony H. Williams Suggests SRC is ‘Marginalizing’ Ackerman

State Sen. Anthony H. Williams Suggests SRC is ‘Marginalizing’ Ackerman

Where is Superintendent Arlene Ackerman? That’s the question that was being asked by parents and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams at yesterday’s School Reform Commission planning meeting. From the early stages of the 2 p.m. meeting, it was quite clear that the SRC anticipates inquiries into SRC-Ackerman relations when Chairman Robert Archie opened by saying,...

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After a Weekend-Long Wait, Former School Employees Experience More Delays in Receiving Paychecks

After a Weekend-Long Wait, Former School Employees Experience More Delays in Receiving Paychecks

Kendall Hayes, a former student adviser at A. Phillip Randolph Career Academy, says she had to “feed the meter three times,” before moving her car to a parking lot – just to get a paycheck from the Philadelphia School District. Hayes, who prepared to make her way back into the district’s headquarters on North Broad Street, was one of the more than...

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School District Forced to Scale Back Summer School

Two weeks ago, Philadelphia School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman urged City Council to give $21 million to the school district’s Summer Learning And More (SLAM) program, a summer school for failing students that doubles as a summer camp for kids interested in art, music or sports. But last week, when Council voted on how much the district would get...

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Teacher Action Group Assembles a Mock School Reform Commission Meeting, Accomplishes Nothing [VIDEO]

Teacher Action Group Assembles a Mock School Reform Commission Meeting, Accomplishes Nothing [VIDEO]

When Mia King graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, she sought to stay in the city she grew to love. But less than a year at her first teaching job in Philadelphia, she received a pink slip. The school district could no longer afford her or more than 1,300 other teachers due to budget cuts. “I made a commitment to teach in Philadelphia,”...

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