Jannie Blackwell

(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, in file photo. (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

(Proponents of a moratorium for school closures listen as Quanisha Smith of Action United speaks outside City Hall.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Nutter Says He Won’t Back a Delay in Philadelphia School Closure Plan

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.

03/04/2013

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Family And Friends Mourn The Death Of Community Leader

Dozens gathered outside of Gregory Scott’s home for a vigil Thursday night, less than 24 hours after he was gunned down.

02/28/2013

(School officials and advocates listen as Pa. Rep. Curtis Thomas, D-Phila., speaks about the Education Department complaint.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Group Files Discrimination Complaint Over Philadelphia Schools’ Downsizing

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.

01/28/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Hoping To Reverse City Council’s Revisions of New Zoning Code Law

“I think, increasingly, Council members will see that it was not the path to go,” Mayor Nutter says.

01/28/2013

(Protesters hold signs as City Council discusses the Philadelphia School District plan.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Calls For Delay in Philadelphia School District’s Downsizing Plan

The debate within City Council chambers was heated.

01/24/2013

(Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Group Sues Councilwoman Blackwell, Says She Targeted Them Unfairly

A West Philadelphia community group is suing the City of Philadelphia and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for moving the group out of a recreation center.

08/22/2012

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

West Philly ‘Party and Health Fair For The Homeless’

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell celebrated her birthday with the 15th annual “Party and Health Fair For The Homeless,” in West Philadelphia.

07/13/2012

(L-R:  Pa. state senator Vincent Hughes, city councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Mayor Michael Nutter, Spectrum Health CEO Phyllis Cater, state rep Vanessa Lowrey Brown, and state rep Dwight Evans.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

Groundbreaking Held For New Health Center in West Philadelphia

The health center at 52nd and Haverford Avenue is owned and operated by Spectrum Health Service.

07/12/2012

(Dr. William Hite, head of Prince George's County schools in Maryland, met with local parents, teachers, and community leaders at a town-hall style meeting.  Credit: Tim Jimenez)

Consensus Appears To Be Forming Around New Philadelphia Schools Superintendent

School Reform Commission could pick a new superintendent from its two finalists any day now. And City Council members are weighing in on the process.

06/29/2012

Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones To Be Next Philadelphia City Council Majority Leader

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that freshman city councilman Curtis Jones, just elected to a second term, will become Council’s majority leader in January.

11/18/2011

(Councilman Darrell Clarke, photographed in City Council chambers last March.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Darrell Clarke On Track To Be Next Philadelphia City Council President

Philadelphia city councilman Darrell Clarke appears to have locked up enough support among his colleagues to be chosen as the next Council president, in January.

11/14/2011

(Philadelphia City Hall.  File photo by Tony Hanson)

Some City Council Races Wrap Quickly; Not So, At-Large GOP Seat

In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.

11/08/2011

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