Jannie Blackwell

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local Control

If at first you don’t succeed…City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.

10/12/2014

(Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, left, and Rebecca Swanson, of L&I, at a meeting of Council's "Streets and Services" Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. L&I Pushes Back Against Councilwoman’s Plan For Street Vending

The city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections says street vendor spots are assigned by a neutral lottery, not by a neighborhood group, and L&I would have no way to control what could be subsequent chaos.

10/06/2014

(Activists favoring a ballot question on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission demonstrate in the City Council caucus room prior to the vote.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Ballot Question on Control of Phila. School District Gets Council OK

Council today approved that ballot question, but it was not immediately clear if the mayor will sign it in time for it to appear on the November ballot.

09/18/2014

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (Credit: CBS3)

City Council Member Backs Off On Measure Others Fear Would Upset State Lawmakers

One lawmaker this past week reluctantly tabled a measure that her colleagues feared would upset Harrisburg.

09/14/2014

(File photo of University City High School, now closed.)

Sale of University City High School Expected to be Finalized Monday

The School District of Philadelphia’s plan to sell a shuttered high school to Drexel University appears to be a go, and that would mean an infusion of cash for the schools next week as officials struggle to pay the bills by month’s end.

06/12/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Advance Plan To Borrow $27M For City Schools

But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.

06/11/2014

During a break in the hearing, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (in center back, facing camera) discusses her concerns with attorney Peter Kelsen, standing in center back to camera. (credit: Mike Dunn)

Councilwoman Blackwell Blasts Drexel’s Plan To Buy University City High School

Attorneys for Drexel University got a tongue lashing Tuesday from a city council member over the school’s plans to buy the shuttered University City High School.

06/04/2014

(US Rep. Bob Brady, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Rep. Bob Brady Denies Involvement In Alleged Traffic Ticket Fixing

U.S. Congressman Bob Brady is denying that he ever tried to get traffic tickets fixed for friends or supporters.

05/30/2014

(At City Hall, Local 22 VP Tim McShea announces this year's goal for "Operation Warm."  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Firefighters Hoping To Purchase 1,000 Overcoats For Needy Local Kids

“Operation Warm,” a partnership with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, raises money for coats for Philadelphia children who need them.

11/26/2013

(Philadelphia school district CFO Matthew Stanski and City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Say Yearly School Budget News Comes Too Late

Councilmembers complained to school district CFO Matthew Stanski (left) that the district keeps them in the dark each year about budget woes until the last possible minute.

11/20/2013

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (Credit: CBS3)

Dom Talks With Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell About ‘People’s History’ In Philly Schools

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell was happy to bring the proposal before City Council, saying, “It’s because it’s such a candid book. Howard Zinn is a person who has been a civil rights fighter during his whole adult life.”

10/24/2013

(An abandoned property on East Phil-Ellena Street in Philadelphia.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

City Council Presses Nutter To Sell Property Tax Liens To Collection Agencies

The sponsor of the measure, Councilman Bill Green, says selling tax liens on foreclosed properties would bring millions to the school district that the city otherwise would never see.

10/24/2013

(Philadelphia City Council.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Council Gives Final OK To Alternative $50M School Funding Measure

Even though Mayor Nutter is against it, Philadelphia City Council has voted unanimously to approve its own plan to provide $50 million for the school district.

10/17/2013

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (Credit: CBS3)

Thousands Turn Out In Sweltering Heat For Councilwoman’s Birthday Bash For The Homeless

The sweltering heat didn’t stop thousands of people from attending City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s Annual Birthday Bash for the Homeless at Love Park.

07/19/2013

(Philadelphia councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Debate Whether Phila. School Board Should Be Returned to Local Control

State officials took control of the district and established the School Reform Commission in 2001. Philadelphia lawmakers say the SRC’s performance has been dismal.

06/03/2013

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