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Philadelphia school district battles shadowy perception

July 9, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.

SILENCE IS GOLDEN: The School District of Philadelphia has a long history of First Amendment rights violations and shady Sunshine Act behavior.

Especially when it comes to the School … Read the rest

Cost of using PA Turnpike will increase in 2016, triple by 2040

July 8, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Another round of toll increases are coming down the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Followed by another. And another. And then about 25 more.

The Turnpike Commission announced Tuesday that tolls will increase next year by 6 … Read the rest

Wolf’s veto, opposing mandates leave Pennsylvania without budget

July 1, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday steamrolled through liquor privatization, public pension reform and a state budget without a tax increase.

They were doing what the people elected them to do, they said.… Read the rest

City has ‘no idea’ how Philadelphia schools spend its taxes

June 30, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

The Philadelphia City Council gives schools millions in taxpayer dollars, but where does it go?

CASH VAULT: City officials want a better understanding of how the School District of Philadelphia spends taxpayer money.

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Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes

June 26, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Even as it careened toward bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, approved $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.

Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 … Read the rest

Lawsuit claims PA teachers union stomps First Amendment rights

June 23, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

A veteran Pennsylvania school teacher is taking on the biggest teachers’ union in the state because she feels her First Amendment rights are being trampled by the organization.

MONEY MANAGERS: Linda Misja is taking the

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Despite new funds, Philadelphia schools not out of trouble yet

June 19, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

Mere hours after getting a $70 million bailout from the City Council, the School District of Philadelphia may have thrown $25 million of that out the window.

NO GUARANTEES: Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite can’t be

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Philly school funding battle comes to a head this week

June 15, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

This is a very big week for the fiscally distressed School District of Philadelphia.

MONEY MAN: Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite has been lobbying state and local lawmakers for more funding for months. He’ll get a

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Work on your penmanship, City Council tells Philly students

June 9, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

Before Philadelphia City Council members agree to sign a check for cash-strapped city schools, they first want to make sure students can read what it says.

When the School District of Philadelphia made its annual … Read the rest

Philly school district’s fuzzy math clouds legit budget deficit

June 8, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

The School District of Philadelphia can’t write in cursive. And it apparently needs help with math, too.

EMPTY POCKETS: The School District of Philadelphia says it spends less on students because of rising fixed

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After student deaths, union blocking Philly schools’ effort to hire more nurses

June 4, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

School nurses are a matter of life and death.

In the last few years, there have been two instances of children dying in city schools from situations that some believe could have been prevented if Read the rest

Opinions vary on state takeover of Pennsylvania’s failing schools

May 29, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, Legislature

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

Philadelphia is ground zero for many of the state’s failing schools, but the city’s top educator is leery of proposed legislation aimed at turning those schools around.

NOT MAKING THE GRADE: The School District of

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Six Philadelphia charter schools have been approved this year

May 27, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

There are still more than 20,000 names on waiting lists to get into Philadelphia charter schools.

ANOTHER CHARTER ADDED: The School District of Philadelphia has approved six new charter schools this year.

But the School … Read the rest

New website shows how Philly taxes will be used to fund schools

May 25, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

A new website is bringing increased transparency to Philadelphia’s school funding issue during a critical time for the cash-strapped school district.

TAXING PROPOSAL: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to raise taxes to help pay for

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Pennsylvania charter schools grilled on financial information

May 22, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is pressing all of the state’s charter schools and cyber charters to make specific financial data available through a blanket right-to-know request filed last week.

BOOK CHECK: The Pennsylvania School

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Pension reform promises $18 billion savings, but questions linger

May 20, 2015 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

After what was touted as a historic vote in the state Senate, Pennsylvania is still a long way from getting any relief from its public pension problems.

A major pension overhaul bill cleared the state Read the rest

Union-backed candidates win big in Philadelphia primary election

May 20, 2015 | By | Posted in General News

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

Union favorite Jim Kenney won the Democratic nomination and will continue his run to become the next mayor of Philadelphia, almost a foregone conclusion.

He’ll face Republican Melissa Murray Bailey in the general election, though … Read the rest

Mayoral candidates want to end state control of Philly schools

May 15, 2015 | By | Posted in General News, WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

No group — maybe outside of the Dallas Cowboys — is more unpopular in Philadelphia than the School Reform Commission.

SRC YOU LATER: Most Philadelphia mayoral hopefuls pictured here want to end state control of

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Philly mayoral candidates don’t agree on charter schools

May 14, 2015 | By | Posted in WatchBlog

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org

With less than a week from the Democratic primary in Philadelphia, education issues loom large in the mayoral race.

Charter schools, the School Reform Commission and a new funding formula are the three major education … Read the rest

PA Senate, House cooking up pension bills

May 13, 2015 | By | Posted in Legislature

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

Changes may be coming to Pennsylvania’s budget-busting public retirement programs.

The state Senate is moving quickly this week to approve a major overhaul of Pennsylvania’s two public pension plans. The Republican-backed proposal would change benefits … Read the rest