Regional Affairs Council

Part 1: Disasters of Our Own MakingApproximately 10,000 Philadelphia residents are living in flood zones. And that number is only within the city limits.
Part 2: Playing Catch-Up After Each Big StormWhen a storm hits, governments and utility companies often find their preparations insufficient.
Part 3: Direct Damage and Other CostsA major storm could cause a business to close its doors for good. But even those able to recover may suffer.
Part 4: Finding A Better WayLessons learned from past storms have resulted in stricter building codes and other requirements on the federal, state, and local levels.
Part 1: The EITC -- What Is It?The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.
Part 2: Who's Hurt by the EITC?Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.
Part 3: Who Benefits From It?"BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need," says one advertisement.
Part 4: Ongoing ControversiesState senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.
Part 1: Back From The BrinkUntil this year, the Samuel Fels High School in Northeast Philadelphia was listed as a "persistently dangerous" school, as defined by the state. But the climate is changing there.
Part 2: Voice For The VictimsIf kids don't feel safe, they're not going to learn. But now the victims of assaults in Philadelphia schools have someone going to bat for them.
Part 3: Getting Tough on ViolenceThere is a new atmosphere at one Philadelphia high school where, students say, violence used to be commonplace.
Part 4: More Than ToughnessIn this report, KYW's Mike DeNardo looks at how Philadelphia's new schools superintendent plans to tackle school violence.
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