Author Archives: Mattie Robinson

(Aug 11) Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly

By Lyndsey Layton August 11 at 6:33 PM She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators. Lily Eskelsen … Continue reading »

(Aug 6) $265M for Philly schools may not be enough to start classes on time, superintendent says

By The Associated Press on August 06, 2014 at 11:29 AM, updated August 06, 2014 at 2:03 PM PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett says the state will advance $265 million to the cash-strapped Philadelphia schools. But Superintendent William Hite says the money won’t guarantee … Continue reading »

(July 31) Pa. lawmakers might not go back to work Monday after all as GOP leaders disagree over Philly tax

By Christina Kauffman | on July 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM, updated July 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM Being the writers of bills, state representatives are keen to the implications of every word and term. So when they say they’re “scheduled to” reconvene in … Continue reading »

(July 23) Philly schools open up overhaul proposals to community

By Solomon Leach Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:01 AM EDUCATORS, PARENTS, community groups and universities that have bold ideas to improve a Philadelphia public school now have a vehicle to pitch their plans. The school district yesterday announced the … Continue reading »

(July 22) Narberth teacher designs app to help educators meet Pa. evaluation requirements

By Kevin McCorry July 21, 2014 Katy Morris, an eighth-grade algebra and geometry teacher at Welsh Valley Middle school in Narberth, is out to revolutionize how teachers experience the evaluation process. This past school year, Pennsylvania adopted a new statewide … Continue reading »

(July 22) Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania on pensions, budget

By KAREN SHUEY Monday, July 21, 2014 3:59 pm | Updated: 9:13 pm, Mon Jul 21, 2014. Moody’s Investors Service lowered Pennsylvania’s credit rating on $11.1 billion worth of bonds in part due to the recently passed state budget that … Continue reading »

(July 21) NPR: In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

by Greta Johnsen July 21, 2014 It’s the first day of school at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, N.C. Principal Gordon Grant stands outside in a white suit and bow tie, greeting students. The kids arrive sporting fresh haircuts and … Continue reading »

(July 17) Governor Corbett and Team PA Announce $450,000 for Governor’s Schools of Excellence in Summer 2015

Text of July 16 press release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2014 Governor Corbett and Team PA Announce $450,000 for Governor’s Schools of Excellence in Summer 2015 Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett and Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) President and … Continue reading »

(July 11) Legislators aren’t rushing back to Harrisburg despite Corbett’s request

By Christina Kauffman on July 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM, updated July 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM There are at least a couple concepts on which Republican leaders of the state House and Senate can agree: They’re not fans of … Continue reading »

(July 8) Lights, camera, budget? Work on Pa.’s delayed 2014-15 budget set to resume

By Charles Thompson on July 08, 2014 at 5:45 AM, updated July 08, 2014 at 5:48 AM The Pennsylvania budget that isn’t gets its next-best shot at completion Tuesday, as the state Senate returns to Harrisburg to take up the … Continue reading »