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How the Beverage Lobby Quietly Killed the Soda Tax in Philly, Again

Much in the same way that the best lawyers kill lawsuits before they ever make it to trial, the best lobbyists kill legislation before it is […]

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Insider: How to Stop the Annual School District Vs. City Council Smackdowns

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) This is school advocates’ most dreaded time of the year: city budget season. If there’s […]

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The Brief: Millennials Didn’t Vote This Year, Like At All

1. Voter turnout among millennials was abysmal in the mayoral election. The gist: Only 12 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18 and 34 cast a ballot […]

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The Brief: Stu Bykofsky’s Candidates’ Comedy Night Is Ending

1. Stu Bykofsky’s 25th Candidates’ Comedy Night will be the last. The gist: For the past two-and-a-half decades, Daily News reporter Stu Bykofsky has convinced city, state and federal candidates […]

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The Brief: Unapologetic Bill Hite Presses His Case for More Cash for Schools

1. With City Council prepped to short the School District, Superintendent Bill Hite urges politicians not to let the district’s ongoing crisis become the new […]

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Will Council Fund Schools With a Big Parking Tax Hike?

[Updated at 4:20 p.m.] Philadelphia school district officials are asking City Council to pay a huge bill this year. They say they need an extra $103 […]

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Surprise! Philly’s Commercial Property Taxes Are Pretty Damn Low

Study after study and politician after politician have said that Philadelphia’s taxes are way too high. But a new report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy […]

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Philly Has Boosted School Funding By a Staggering Amount Since 2011

1. Philadelphia has significantly increased funding for the city’s schools since 2011, while money from the state and federal government has dried up. The gist: It’s that maddening […]

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City Council to School District: Go Away Already

There are few City Hall scenes more dispiriting than the display of mutual contempt that unfolds each year when the School District of Philadelphia comes to […]

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Insider: 4 Things Jim Kenney Must Do To Fix Philly’s Schools

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.)  If you’re a parent in the School District of Philadelphia, you may have worried that […]

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The Brief: Anthony Williams a No-Show at Dem (Dis)Unity Breakfast

1. Anthony Williams a no-show at Democratic post-election unity breakfast to rally behind mayoral nominee Jim Kenney. The gist: State Senator Anthony Williams was a […]

City Life

School District Employee Arrested on Perjury, Conflict of Interest Charges

A Philadelphia School District employee faces charges of steering $900,000 worth of contracts to vendors owned by, and that employed, friends and family. Priscilla Wright, 50, […]

City Life

Schools Renew Request for City Money

Now that the primary electionis over, City Council will take a look at the Philadelphia School District’s request for $105 million in new funds for […]

City Life

Report: Philly Public School Graduation Rates Rising

Nearly two thirds of ninth-graders entering Philadelphia public high schools in the 2008-2009 school year graduated on time, a new study says — the greatest […]

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Insider: The Hot New Schools Cure-All That Isn’t a Cure-All

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) City Council released a proposal last week to create “School-Based Family Service Centers” building on […]