For the last decade, school taxes in Philly’s Pennsylvania suburbs have been climbing higher and higher. The Inquirer analyzed every school district in four counties, so you can find out how your own district compares. Also, the Philadelphia Orchestra rescinded its invitation to opera megastar Plácido Domingo who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Of the 59 school districts in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware Counties, 52 have raised taxes for the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to an Inquirer analysis.

The average increase is about $100 per household, and continues a trend. Over the last decade, taxes have risen close to 25%. School officials say they are waging a constant battle against rising expenses.

You can search for your school district’s tax changes over the past year, past five years, or past 10 years, and you can see which districts have the highest (or lowest) school taxes.

President Donald Trump and his administration have tried several times to cut the food stamp program. A new rule put into the Federal Register this week would accomplish that while also targeting immigration.

The rule focuses on low-income immigrants that might rely on the federal safety net that includes food stamps.

Even before the administration’s move, low-income immigrants were passing on food-related assistance out of fear of deportation. The director of Hunger Free New Jersey said that immigrant families are also staying away from food pantries because they’re afraid they’ll be detained.

Plácido Domingo had for decades allegedly sought sexual favors from women, pressured them to provide sexual favors by holding out job prospects, and then punished them professionally if they refused, The Associated Press reported yesterday. He was supposed to appear with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Sept. 18, but his invite has since been withdrawn.

“We are committed to providing a safe, supportive, respectful, and appropriate environment for the orchestra and staff, for collaborating artists and composers, and for our audiences and communities,” the Philadelphia Orchestra Association said in a statement.

The 78-year-old Domingo is one of the most powerful and celebrated figures in the opera world and has won multiple Grammy awards.

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