A Philadelphia grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Priscilla Wright, 50, who until January was the Philadelphia School District's manager of small business development.
In 2013, as the city reeled from the closure of 23 public schools, the grand jury alleges, Wright used her influence to take advantage of the situation.
Ed Rendell's favorite story about Marciene Mattleman is – well, it is about the same as Michael Nutter's favorite story. Stories always told with affection.
Mostly, they go like this: She would call on a Monday with her latest big idea. The mayor would politely say "no" and gently hang up.
But that was not the end of it. She would keep calling.
When you think of story time, what do you imagine? Is it a time to listen quietly? Does it involve one adult’s voice and a lot of children sitting quietly with undivided attention? Well, story time isn’t what it used to be. It can be interactive, fun, and sometimes a bit … LOUD!
Recently, authors and publishers have offered picture books that create a truly interactive reading experience. Readers will shake, turn, touch, and play with a book. Or they are encouraged to physically search through a book, lifting flaps to discover new illustrations. Sometimes, the very idea of a picture book is turned on its head.
Several district attorneys in Pennsylvania are standing behind Gov. Wolf's proposal to invest more money in early childhood education.
What is a millage rate?
Millage is a term that represents the tax rate levied on real estate or other property. A mill is one thousandth of a dollar, or one tenth of one cent.
The millage rate is the number of dollars of tax assessed for each $1,000 of property value. A rate of 10 mills means that $10 in tax is levied on every $1,000 in assessed value.
It's budget season, and the School District of Philadelphia is making the rounds to seek money for the coming school year.
District officials appeared before City Council on Tuesday to ask for recurring funds, to the tune of about $100 million a year, to help them achieve long-term strategic plans. In response, City Council asked for more information about how the District had spent past budget contributions, as well as grilling the educators about penmanship.
Hite, SRC make pitch to City Council. Notebook
What is a millage rate and how does it affect school funding? Notebook/NewsWorks
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Della Jenkinson May 26, 2015 01:03 PM
If you want teen parents to graduate, the solution is very simple: Help them gain access to child care.
Imagine that you’re 17 years old. You’ve been out of school for over a year after the difficult birth of your first baby. You know that you need an education to build a better life for you and your child, but you can’t afford to pay for child care while you’re in school.
So what do you do? Many teen parents faced with this dilemma simply drop out of school, and some never return.
The School District of Philadelphia will make its case for additional revenue before City Council on Tuesday morning.
District officials will urge Council to agree to Mayor Nutter's proposed 9.4 percent property tax hike.