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.
The debate within City Council chambers was heated.
A West Philadelphia community group is suing the City of Philadelphia and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for moving the group out of a recreation center.
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell celebrated her birthday with the 15th annual “Party and Health Fair For The Homeless,” in West Philadelphia.
The health center at 52nd and Haverford Avenue is owned and operated by Spectrum Health Service.
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.
Sources tell KYW Newsradio that freshman city councilman Curtis Jones, just elected to a second term, will become Council’s majority leader in January.
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.
In Philadelphia, where Democratic registrations outpace Republicans by a 6-1 margin, several City Council races wrapped up quickly on Election Night.