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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." 

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:18 PM
ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Robert Kerns after November arrest.

Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Bob Kerns might be feeling more of the aftermath of his pleading guilty to a sex crime last year – his license to practice law has now been revoked.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s disciplinary board temporarily suspended Kerns law license. According to his lawyer, Brian McMonagle, he hasn’t been practicing law anyway from the time of his arrest.

“He’s disassociated himself from the [Hladik, Onorato and Pearlstine] law firm and hasn’t been practicing since,” he said.

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:46 PM
Doug Oliver

Former PGW spokesman Doug Oliver is scheduled to officially launch his mayoral campaign at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Germantown. 

But first, he'd like everyone to say their prayers...for the city! 

DO2015, Oliver's exploratory committee, said an interfaith prayer service will be held at 9 tomorrow morning on the northwest side of City Hall. 

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:11 PM
James Kenney gives his farewell address to City Council on Jan. 29, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

The Philadelphia School Partnership caused quite a stir earlier this week when it offered to deliver as much as $35 million to the perpetually broke School District of Philadelphia to ensure the city's charter school numbers keep growing.

Former City Councilman -- and current mayoral candidate -- Jim Kenney said in a statement Friday that the district should absolutely, positively not take the money. Even if it seems...so...tempting. 

Here's Kenney's statement:

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