Does your employer know that paid sick leave goes into effect today?

Posted on 13 May 2015 by


Staff and volunteers from PA Working Families (Facebook page) were at 52nd Street Station this morning to distribute information to commuters about recently passed local legislation on paid sick leave.

Starting today (Wednesday, May 13), those working more than 40 hours per year in Philadelphia for companies of 10 employees or more will begin accruing paid sick leave time. Here is an informative poster about the new legislation. You can also visit the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces’ Website for more information. (Photos courtesy of PA Working Families).

The law passed in February and caps sick time at five eight-hour days per year and is accrued at a rate of one hour per 40 hours worked.


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Public school breakfast & lunch menu for May 2015

Posted on 30 April 2015 by

Here is the monthly breakfast and lunch menu served in Philadelphia public schools. Click on the images below to view the menus for grades K-8 and 9-12 for May 2015. If your school uses a Satellite menu, click here.

K-8 Breakfast and Lunch Menu, May 2015


9-12 Breakfast and Lunch Menu, May 2015



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Public schools to open two hours late on Monday

Posted on 02 March 2015 by

All public schools will open two hours late on Monday, March 2, due to icy road conditions. There is also a two-hour delay opening for all prekindergarten programs and all administrative offices.

Please go to for updates. Updated information will also be posted on the District’s Information Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636).


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Schools closed Tuesday; SEPTA service changes due to snow (updated)

Posted on 17 February 2015 by

As snow continues falling in Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia has announced that all public schools and prekindergarten programs will be closed today due to inclement weather. All Archdiocesan schools are also closed. Please go here for more information on other school closings.

SEPTA announced the following service changes in the area due to cold weather and icy road conditions.

Regional Rail: All SEPTA Regional Rail lines may experience delays of up to 20 minutes due to weather conditions.

Customized Community Transportation (CCT): Service is operating with delays of up to 60 minutes due to weather conditions. Customers should call the CCT Control Center at 215-580-7720 to cancel trips if they don’t plan to ride or to inquire about pending “Same Day” trips.

Market-Frankford Line: All trains are making all station stops due to extremely cold weather. There is no A/B express service for passenger convenience.


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Bike share name, sponsor and bikes unveiled

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Mike Lyons

The City of Philadelphia has found a sponsor to help lighten the cost of the bike share program set to begin this Spring. Independence Blue Cross will contribute $1.7 million a year for five years. For that they get to name the program – it’s called “Indego” – written on the chunky blue bikes and at the 60 docking stations across the city.

The stations are located from 2nd and Walnut west to 44th and Walnut and Temple University south to the Tasker. It looks like 13 of them will be on this side of the Schuylkill, including one at Clark Park. The stations will house about 600 bikes total. Built by Trek, the bikes have step-through frames, pedal-powered front and rear lights, baskets, three speeds, and adjustable seats.

There are a bunch of different ways to pay, including by-the-trip or a membership. Prices will be announced in March, according to the Indego website. There’s an FAQ here that addresses some other questions.

We’re still waiting on an exact launch date. We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s what the bikes look like:

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School District hiring new teachers, launches online teacher application portal

Posted on 02 February 2015 by

In an effort to improve teacher selection process, the School District of Philadelphia has launched a new online teacher application portal. Approximately 400 teacher vacancies are expected for the 2015-16 school year. “Our revamped selection process is designed to attract highly qualified and committed teachers to The School District of Philadelphia,” Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite said in a statement.

“We hope new-to-teaching and experienced educat[ors] will join our efforts to make all schools great,” Hite said.

In addition to the online application, the teacher selection process now includes a phone interview and other online activity, both administered centrally, before candidates are presented to principals for site selection.

The hiring timeline has been shortened compared to previous years. Qualified candidates will know within four to six weeks if they are eligible for site selection.

The School District is particularly seeking to hire individuals with experience in secondary math (grades 5-12), secondary science (grades 5-12), special education, art, music, and upper elementary (grades 5-6). Approximately 9,000 teachers currently work for the District. The District’s starting salary for teachers with no experience is $45,360.

The application is available through the Employment section and Office of Talent webpage on the District website (

Teacher candidates may contact for more information.

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