Archive: March, 2013
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.
No way: the protesters were not evicted, said Mark McDonald, Mayor Nutter's spokesman.
McDonald said the protesters were told at about 6 p.m. that they needed to leave. At about 7:15, well after the mayor and most city employees had left for the day, they were given the same message. They would be escorted out, but were welcome to return Wednesday, officials told the group.
Safe to say that state Senator Vincent Hughes is steamed.
In a sharply-worded letter to SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos, Hughes (D., Phila.,) expressed “deep concerns” over the Philadelphia School District’s recent opening contract proposal to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
Hughes' bottom line? Don't ask 15,000 teachers and others to sacrifice when you're not demanding Gov. Corbett pay his fair share.
Hundreds of people gathered at Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia on Sunday to remember former city schools chief Arlene Ackerman.
Ackerman, who died -of pancreatic cancer last month at age 66, was remembered by politicians, parents, district staff and others for her "warrior heart," as former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn said.
Dungee Glenn recalled how she begged Ackerman, who in 2008 was a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Education, to come to Philadelphia. After six weeks, Ackerman, who also worked as superintendent in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, finally agreed.