Philadelphia lags about 15 percentage points behind the national average in the rate of high school graduation.
Waring Elementary School students helped celebrate by dancing at Clemente Recreation Center, where deputy mayor Mike DiBerardinis said that kids like them were his chief motivation to cut his deparment’s carbon footprint.
City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.
The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.
Kenney says he’s not taking a victory in the mayoral race for granted, but he does plan to meet with Mayor Nutter shortly about personnel.
Mattleman is retiring next month. She has been a tireless worker for literacy in Philadelphia and her education commentaries have aired for years on KYW Newsradio 1060.
US Army corporal Robert Higgins went missing in action in February 1951. His remains were identified more than six decades later, thanks to DNA techniques.
The adults turned the microphone over to the young folks for a while, to hear first-person accounts of the positive impact that summer jobs can have.
Eli Zebooker, a retired center city dentist, was the oldest man in attendance. He is a spry 102.
Nutter formally endorsed Kenney, despite Kenney’s frequent criticisms of Nutter’s administration.
Mayor Nutter strongly defended his police commissioner after Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Williams said that, if elected, he would not let Charles Ramsey stay on.
The fire department and L&I will perform joint inspections of commercial and industrial properties larger than 15,000 square feet.
Nutter has begun a series of school visits he hopes will highlight the unique programs that would benefit from an increase in city and state funding.
The Office of LGBT Affairs was created by Mayor Nutter, but LGBT leaders fear that a future mayor might decide to kill it. So they’re backing a plan to change the city charter and make the office permanent.
The mayor said there’s no move afoot for Philadelphia police to assist the already serious law enforcement presence in Baltimore. Pennsylvania state police have been alerted to possible deployment.