School-budget balancing act

April 28, 2008

The Daily News reports, “In interviews Friday, school officials insisted the $2.3 billion budget would be balanced by the time the district’s governing School Reform Commission adopts it May 28, less than five weeks before the new fiscal year begins July 1.”

Source: Spring ritual: School-budget balancing act

No conflicts for Phila. Academy Charter investigators

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “After going to unusual lengths to make sure an investigation into allegations of financial mismanagement and nepotism at Philadelphia Academy Charter School is thorough and unbiased, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has concluded its investigators have no conflicts of interest.”

Source: No conflicts for Phila. Academy Charter investigators

Phila. school district was told of weak controls

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia City Controller’s Office has warned the school district for at least the last decade that controls over student activity funds were “weak” and subject to abuse, officials in the controller’s office said yesterday.”

Source: Phila. school district was told of weak controls

Slots dispute goes underground

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Billboards for the SugarHouse casino on Delaware Avenue herald a future with slot machines for 22 empty riverfront acres. But it’s a fascination with the past that is drawing new attention – and controversy – to the project.”

Source: Slots dispute goes underground

City wonders: What should replace Safe and Sound?

April 25, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Mayor Nutter yesterday said that no children will be hurt by the surprise decision by Philadelphia Safe and Sound – a nonprofit organization that funnels money to after-school programs – to cease operations.”

Source: City wonders: What should replace Safe and Sound?

Phila. school district was told of weak controls

April 25, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia City Controller’s Office has warned the school district for at least the last decade that controls over student activity funds were “weak” and subject to abuse, officials in the controller’s office said yesterday.”

Source: Phila. school district was told of weak controls

Safe and Sound closing causes scramble

April 25, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The unexpected disbandment of Philadelphia Safe and Sound raised a host of concerns yesterday as the city’s long-time overseer of after-school and summer services for 16,000 children will disappear just as summer nears.”

Source: Safe and Sound closing causes scramble

Safe and Sound votes to disband itself

April 24, 2008

The Daily News reports, “The nonprofit agency that funnels city funds to, and oversees the operation of, several hundred community-based after-school and youth anti-violence programs has voted to go out of business, to the surprise of Philadelphia officials.”

Source: Safe and Sound votes to disband itself

Phila. school district holds budget hearing

April 23, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia School Reform Commission will hold a public hearing on the district’s proposed $2.28 billion budget for 2008-09 at 5 p.m. today at district headquarters, 440 N. Broad St.”

Source: Phila. school district holds budget hearing

Education Secretary Offers Changes to ‘No Child’ Law

April 23, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings used her executive powers on Tuesday to propose a series of ninth-inning regulatory fixes to President Bush’s signature education law, No Child Left Behind, including requiring states to use a single federal formula to calculate and report high school graduation rates.”

Source: Education Secretary Offers Changes to ‘No Child’ Law

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