by Dave Davies for NewsWorks
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has fined the Philadelphia School Partnership, an education policy group, $1,500 for violating the city's lobbyist disclosure law.
The nonprofit partnership invests in traditional public, charter and private schools that it regards as innovative, as well as advocating for government policies that give school administrators more flexibility.
Shane Creamer, ethics board executive director, said the group should have registered in 2012 under a city law requiring disclosure of lobbying activities. That year, the partnership spent more than $14,000 on activities that included flying city and School District officials to Denver to visit a charter school.