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A Rutgers University professor who has twice attempted to run for president of Iran says he is disappointed, but not angry or surprised, that the United States reportedly has monitored his e-mail.
Without the all-important cigarette tax, 1,300 employees of the perpetually strapped Philadelphia School District could get pink slips in August. But the ax has already fallen on 342 school employees, mostly noontime aides and special-education assistants, who began receiving layoff notices Thursday.
Being a school reform commissioner was often a tough job, Wendell Pritchett said - a lot of hard decisions, endless meetings with people yelling, and never enough money.
If there is no cigarette-tax agreement in Harrisburg by Aug. 15, Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Wednesday, he will have to lay off employees and consider a delay in the opening of schools.
Al Lord, former head of student loan lender Sallie Mae, calls for re-investigation of Sandusky matter, noting flaws in the university-commissioned Freeh report.
As Penn State board raises tuition, new president lays out plans to address rising student debt,
At Cathy Taschner's first school board meeting as superintendent last month, she and the Coatesville Area School District's board said they were stopping pay increases for some administrators while they reviewed how the district makes payments. Some employees were paid more than they should have been without school board approval, Taschner said.
The cuts are mainly to special-education assistants and noontime aides. More layoffs could come without cigarette tax approval.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who issued the report, commended the schools, but also called for legislation.
Four years after issuing a scathing report on charter schools that found conflicts of interest and questionable business practices, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Thursday that several of the schools had made strides.
Penn State will offer one of its most popular Massive Open Online Courses in Chinese, beginning next week.
The nonprofit foundation that manages Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is offering $1,000 grants to encourage students to transfer to the schools.
Philadelphia teacher LeShawna Coleman had some interesting lunch company Wednesday: President Obama. Coleman, a 13-year Philadelphia School District veteran, teacher coach, and English as a Second Language teacher, had expected to travel to Washington for a U.S. Department of Education event about teacher equity. (The Education Department introduced a program Monday to get more strong teachers in the nation's poorest schools.)
Maria Ciancetta isn't sure what to believe: Did she make a difference in students' lives, or throw away seven years?
Swarthmore - one of the most selective and prestigious colleges in the country - experienced a 16 percent drop in applications this year after a decade of rising numbers.
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - Even as Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Friday to raise tuition by nearly 3 percent on its main campus, new president Eric Barron announced plans to focus on reining in soaring student debt.
For Quaris Carter, a recent graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, the answer is simple: Getting a college education is a direct route out of a life of crime, drugs, and poverty.
During a stop in Philly, the education secretary said city schools are "desperately underfunded" and urged lawmakers to do more.
Al Lord, former head of student loan lender Sallie Mae, calls for re-investigation of Sandusky matter, noting flaws in the university-commissioned Freeh report.
As Penn State board raises tuition, new president lays out plans to address rising student debt,
A Rutgers University professor who has twice attempted to run for president of Iran says he is disappointed, but not angry or surprised, that the United States reportedly has monitored his e-mail.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who issued the report, commended the schools, but also called for legislation.
The cuts are mainly to special-education assistants and noontime aides. More layoffs could come without cigarette tax approval.
Without the all-important cigarette tax, 1,300 employees of the perpetually strapped Philadelphia School District could get pink slips in August. But the ax has already fallen on 342 school employees, mostly noontime aides and special-education assistants, who began receiving layoff notices Thursday.
If there is no cigarette-tax agreement in Harrisburg by Aug. 15, Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Wednesday, he will have to lay off employees and consider a delay in the opening of schools.
Being a school reform commissioner was often a tough job, Wendell Pritchett said - a lot of hard decisions, endless meetings with people yelling, and never enough money.
At Cathy Taschner's first school board meeting as superintendent last month, she and the Coatesville Area School District's board said they were stopping pay increases for some administrators while they reviewed how the district makes payments. Some employees were paid more than they should have been without school board approval, Taschner said.
During a stop in Philly, the education secretary said city schools are "desperately underfunded" and urged lawmakers to do more.
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