Cut and run

Unfortunately, the mayor seems to have drawn the wrong lesson: there aren’t going to be any forums like last year. The public is decidedly not invited to weigh in, and that has caught the attention, and undoubtedly the ire, of the Coalition for Essential Services. (In the interest of full disclosure, I was a member of this group until mid-summer 2009).

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Posted Mar. 1, 2010 | Comments: 11

Questions About Renaissance Schools

Am I the only one who smells something stinky about the School District’s “Renaissance Plan,” which marks poorly-performing public schools for takeover by for-profit and non-profit educational management organizations?

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Posted Feb. 21, 2010 | Comments: 9

Are PA Democrats Blowing It?

There are lessons for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in the Massachusetts election of Scott Brown, if only state leaders would open their eyes. The way I see it, Keystone State Democrats are heading for a whopper of a defeat.

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Posted Feb. 7, 2010 | Comments: 3

Ed Rendell's Giant Sucking Sound

Ed Rendell's cozy relationship with a Foxwoods lawyer is no surprise, but if you think sweetheart deals suck now, wait til you see what happens now that the Supreme Court has struck down laws banning corporate spending on elections.

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Posted Jan. 31, 2010 | Comments: 7

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