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.
But the lawmakers voiced frustration at how the school district conducts its business.
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.
U.S. Congressman Bob Brady is denying that he ever tried to get traffic tickets fixed for friends or supporters.
“Operation Warm,” a partnership with Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, raises money for coats for Philadelphia children who need them.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.
Dozens gathered outside of Gregory Scott’s home for a vigil Thursday night, less than 24 hours after he was gunned down.
The Pennsylvania public school advocate group “Action United” filed the complaint after, the group said, its analysis of the plan showed that schools slated for closing disproportionately serve African-American, low income, and disabled students.
“I think, increasingly, Council members will see that it was not the path to go,” Mayor Nutter says.