OPINION: The One Big Thing Missing From Allan Domb’s Plan to Grow the City

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As we’ve unfortunately learned, some business leaders may not be the most effective political leaders. But Allan Domb doesn’t fall into that category.

Since taking office as an at-large City Council member last year, Domb has dived into the job with enthusiasm, commitment, and energy. He doesn’t need to be doing this. He’s made plenty of money selling and managing real estate over the past few decades. But clearly he wants to make a difference. He wants Philadelphia to grow — and not just because the city’s growth will help him sell and manage more real estate. But because he cares about the city’s future. Read more »

City Controller: School District Owes Past Employees $6.6M

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Photo | Jeff Fusco

A report from the city controller claims the School District of Philadelphia owes thousands of its former employees more than $6 million in termination pay.

The audit, which was released on Tuesday, found that the school district has not met labor agreements with 2,300 of its former unionized employees, who are entitled to termination pay for unused leave time within 30 to 75 days after leaving the district.  Read more »

Philly-Area High Schools Dominate Niche’s 2018 State Rankings

Conestoga High School in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District | Google Street View image

Niche.com has just released its 2018 rankings of the top public high schools in Pennsylvania and the nation, and once again, Conestoga High School in Berwyn took top honors.

In addition, four Philly-area high schools on last year’s top 10 list are on it again this year: Harriton and Lower Merion in the Lower Merion School District, Unionville in Unionville-Chadds Ford and Julia Reynolds Masterman in the School District of Philadelphia. But this year, the region’s schools were a little more dominant than they were last year: eight of the top 10 are in Southeastern Pennsylvania, an increase of one from last year, and the returning champions played a game of musical chairs. Read more »

Teachers Union to Vote on New Contact With Philly Schools

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It’s been four years since the Philadelphia School District and its teachers’ union have agreed on a contract – and five years since teachers have received a raise.

That could end tonight. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will vote on a new contract with the district – and they’re expected to approve it.  Read more »

Police Investigating Report of Sexual Assault at Frankford High

Frankford High School via Google Maps

UPDATE: Police have arrested and charged an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male in what they allege was the attempted rape of a 14-year-old female student.

Police reportedly say the 18-year-old allegedly pushed the 14-year-old into a bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her while the 17-year-old stood outside. The incident was broken up when a teacher heard the girl yelling, according to police. 

The 18-year-old has been charged with attempted rape and related charges, and the 17-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit rape and other offenses.

Philadelphia police are investigating sexual assault report at Frankford High School.

The PPD said they received a report of a female student being sexually assaulted at the school, located on the 5000 block of Oxford Avenue in Frankford, on Wednesday.  Read more »

City Controller: Staffing Shortage Could Cause Schools to Lose Funding

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Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz issued a warning on Wednesday that some Philly schools could lose funding because of staffing shortages.

First, some background: many schools in the Philadelphia School District receive funding through the state’s Title I grant, which goes toward institutions with high populations of students belonging to low-income families.  Read more »

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