Wednesday, March 4, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:44 PM
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on October 6, 2014. (David Maialetti)

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is hosting a mayoral candidates forum Wednesday afternoon. But unless you belong to the PFT, you can't get in.

Members only.

"The state of our schools is the top issue facing our city," said PFT president Jerry Jordan. "This will be an opportunity for PFT members to hear the candidate's views on the challenges facing our schoolchildren."

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 4:42 PM
Lynne Abraham listens as she is introduced during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said today that she wants the School Reform Commission to hold off on possibly expanding the city's number of charter school until after the next mayor is elected.

Abraham, the former city district attorney, said in a statement that adding more charter schools could "virtually break the back of the school budget already under considerable stress."

The SRC is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on 39 applications for new charters.

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 1:59 PM

Apparently, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has his own theme song, as evidenced by this video of the 4th District councilman's re-election kickoff.

The hook goes like this: "Curtis. Jones. Junior ... junior, junior." That's it.

But, Philly Clout has to admit, this song is quite effective. It's been stuck in our heads since we heard it over the weekend. 

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:36 PM
State Sen. Anthony Williams in 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Anthony Williams says the Philadelphia School Partnership needs to "put its money where its mouth is." 

Williams, who has been criticized by his fellow Democratic mayoral candidates for expressing support for the PSP's recent offer to donate $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to grow its number of charter schools, said in a statement this afternoon that any money donated by the PSP to help cover the cost of new charters "must be matched dollar for dollar with more funding for District public schools.  We need more funding for good schools in Philadelphia, charters and public schools alike."

Williams once again lambasted former City Councilman Jim Kenney, who opposes the PSP's offer unless it accompanies some form of charter reimbursement.

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:50 PM
Anthony Hardy Williams (left) and Nelson Diaz (right). (AP, staff photos)

You might have heard this before, but a lot of people aren't happy with state Sen. Anthony Williams over that whole Philadelphia School Partnership issue from last week. 

(For a quick recap, click here, because we're going to go crazy if we write it all out again.) 

Former Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz today became the latest Democratic mayoral candidate to criticize Williams, who has said the School District of Philadelphia should consider accepting a $35 million donation from the PSP to grow the number of charter schools. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6:44 PM
Some people don't want (more) charter schools. (David Maialetti)

What, you thought we were done talking about the Philadelphia School Partnership and that huge check they're itching to write?

State Sen. Anthony Williams today labeled former City Councilman Jim Kenney "irresponsible" for opposing the PSP's offer to donate up to $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to help grow the number of charter schools in the city.

(Let's pause here for a quick recap: Kenney announced his opposition to the plan last week, citing concerns about the PSP and their money being tied to "unnamed millionaires who already have far too great an influence in our upcoming mayoral election."

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:10 PM
Former City Councilman Jim Kenney (left) and state Sen. Anthony Williams (right), boty Philadelphia mayoral candidates. (Kriston J. Bethel / David Maialetti/ Staff Photographers)

If you can do a decent Michael Buffer impersonation, now might be a good time to bust out a hearty, "Let's get ready to rumble!" 

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney today lashed out at fellow Democratic mayoral candidate state Sen. Anthony Williams over Williams' stance on a $25 million donation the Philadelphia School Partnership has offered to make to the School District of Philadelphia, in the name of boosting the number of charter schools in the city. 

He also questioned money Williams has received from political action committees. 

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 7:18 PM
Sen. Anthony Williams thinks the mayoral candidates should not be so quick to reject the PSP's offer. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Eyebrows were raised aplenty last week when the Philadelphia School Partnership, an education advocacy group, offered to send at least $25 million to the School District of Philadelphia in the name of approving more charter schools. 

As Philadelphia Magazine's Holly Otterbein notes, the majority of the city's Democratic mayoral candidates panned the PSP's offer.

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney, in particular, expressed concern about accepting money from "unnamed millionaires who already have far too great an influence in our upcoming mayoral election." 

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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