Philadelphia teachers union blasts reform commission

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Jerry Jordan had his union members exactly where he wanted them — in front of the Philadelphia School District headquarters, blocking the city’s major artery during rush hour.

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Week in Review: Lawmakers tackle Rx database, set aside medical marijuana

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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State lawmakers passed a flurry of bills this week, in what were the final scheduled session days before the November election — that is, before the state House decided it’s going to work on Monday, too.

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Prescription drug monitoring program on road to becoming PA law

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The desire for public health protections trumped privacy concerns Thursday, as the state Senate sent legislation that would establish a broad prescription monitoring program to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

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Drop, cover and hold on: Pennsylvanians participate in worldwide earthquake drill as quake concerns rise

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Thousands of Pennsylvanians were expected to DROP! COVER! and HOLD ON! Thursday morning as part of a global earthquake drill.

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Report shows PA school district’s troubles as partial charter takeover considered

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A new report highlights the disconnect between increased spending and better performance in one of Pennsylvania’s most troubled school districts.

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Drug-monitoring program a prescription for privacy loss, ACLU argues

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Law enforcement is about to get a good look inside Pennsylvanians’ medicine cabinets.

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