On Wednesday afternoon, six of the Democrats vying to be Philadelphia's next mayor pitched themselves to members of the city's teachers' union, hoping to score an endorsement.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers uses the forum to help decide who gets its support and its maximum allowable campaign contributions. Union president Jerry Jordan says members will vote, starting next week, and announce a formal endorsement by mid-March.
Each candidate was given five minutes to talk and 10 minutes for questions from the audience, ranging from how they would raise money for public schools, to the role of standardized tests, to their thoughts on resolving teacher contract negotiations that have dragged on for more than two years.
Fresh off a trial run grading candidates for governor of Pennsylvania, a group of Philadelphia teachers is getting ready to evaluate the positions of candidates for mayor and City Council.
Last year, the Teacher Action Group, or TAG Philly, awarded Tom Wolf an A for fair funding. Tom Corbett got an F.
A titan of Philadelphia's independent journalism scene is stepping down. Paul Socolar, editor, publisher and co-founder of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook will leave the influential publication in late 2015.
A former public school parent, Socolar helped launch the outlet as a free, independent quarterly newspaper in 1994. At the time, he was just shy of 40 years old, with two young daughters, 9 and 6.
Philadelphia mayoral candidate Jim Kenney called out State Sen. Anthony Williams for cautiously praising a proposed $25 million from the Philadelphia Schools Partnership to the School District of Philadelphia.
Gov. Wolf of Pennsylvania made good on a campaign promise Wednesday, proposing a 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling to go into effect in 2016 and generate $1 billion in its first year. The announcement may represent the first step in an elaborate political dance.
Speaking in a classroom at Caln Elementary School in Thorndale, Chester County, Wolf told reporters that the bulk of the revenue would go to funding education.
How weird is this? The political committee formed early in 2013 to support the exploratory effort of mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams is now headed by a full-time employee of the Philadelphia School District.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Solomon Leach reported Saturday that the Believe Again PAC is headed by the District's government affairs director, Rodney Oglesby.