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We have 18 Amazing #YoungPhillyLeads Finalists. Meet them on October 5.

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 In partnership with Forbes Under 30 Summit, YIP will be highlighting the people, projects, and organizations whose ideas and work are remaking Philadelphia.

This coming Monday, October 5, #YoungPhillyLeads Awards will recognize the young Philadelphians that have taken their #whyilovephilly game to the next level. Those people will have the opportunity to share how they are shaping, creating, and supporting their communities.

We are pleased to announce the group of finalists who will be recognized during the awards program.

#YoungPhillyLeads Finalists

Education 

Government 
  • Isaiah Thomas, Dir. Community Affairs, Office of Controller
  • Julie Wertheimer, Deputy Dir. for Policy, Programs & Admin, City of Phila.
  • Kellan White, Community Engagement & Special Events Manager,  Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

 

Start-Up / Entrepreneurial 

 

Nonprofit

 

Civic Engagement 

 

Media

 

Join us next Monday, October 5 at the #YoungPhillyLeads Awards to hear from all of the finalists above on how they are moving Philly forward.

All finalists will address the audience by giving a short pitch as to why they deserve to win their respective category.  Each audience member will be able to vote in a live text poll to choose the winner in each category.  You helped us nominate, so now is your chance to help us pick the winners!

Tickets are $30 per person, ticket price includes beer, wine, and refreshments.  Discounted 10-packs of tickets are available for $250. Get Your Ticket Today!

November 3rd | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 10/27 – 11/3 Edition

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VOTE TOMORROW!!!!!!

 

Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while riding the emotional roller coaster that was the Eagles game this week. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

 

Education

Despite the urgings of City Council, there are still no scheduled negotiations between the SRC and the teachers.  Meanwhile, the District is appealing the injunction placed on the SRC’s attempt to cancel the teachers’ contract.

 

 

 

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October 26th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 10/19 – 10/26 Edition

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(Southeastern PA’s absurdly gerrymandered legislative districts)

 

Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while riding the emotional roller coaster that was the Eagles game this week. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

[Editor’s note: Sorry for taking a week off.  Back to normal posting schedules!]

 

Education

A Common Pleas judge granted a preliminary injunction against the SRC’s suspension of the teachers’ contract.  For you non-lawyers: (1) well done not becoming lawyers; (2) this means that the contract stays in place at least temporarily while the lawsuit progresses, but it is not a final ruling.

 

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says he would disband the SRC.  Governor Corbett discussed the same issues a week earlier.
Controller Butkovitz says the way that charter school funding is calculated is flawed.  His office claims that the calculation deprives non-charters of funding disproportionately.

 

 

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October 15th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 10/6 – 10/13 Edition

 

Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while riding the emotional roller coaster that was the Eagles game this week. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

[Editor’s note: Yup, it’s Wednesday evening, not Monday.  Sometimes your humble editors are too busy to meet their own deadlines.  Please accept even-more-belated Philly news!  It’s not as pretty or flowerly as usual, but it’s still just as awesome.  Mostly.]

 

Education

Students strike in support of teachers

In response to last week’s nullification of the teachers’ contract by the SRC, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has come out in favor of abolishing the SRC and replacing with a locally-elected school board.  We’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine if the Philly political process would actually produce a group capable of more effective school governance.
As a result of the cancelling of the teachers’ contract, the District allocated more funds to schools.

 

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October 6th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 9/30- 10/05 Edition

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Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while riding the emotional roller coaster that was the Eagles game this week. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

Education

Late breaking: the SRC cancels the teachers’ union contract. We can expect a lawsuit over this move, which felt very sneaky to many, given that the only notice of the meeting to do this move was a small, legally mandated notice in Sunday’s Inquirer

Charter schools: Less-than-stellar oversight of charter schools may have cost Pennsylvania’s schools $30 million.

Positive news!  A city magnet school has been named one of the nation’s best schools.

The cigarette tax means more charter schools, thanks to a compromise forced by House Republicans.

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September 29th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 9/23- 9/29 Edition

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Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while salsa dancing at the Puerto Rican Day parade. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

Education

Cigarette tax passed: Lawmakers in Harrisburg finally passed the $2-per-pack cigarette tax, after months of delays. It’s unclear whether the amounts raised by this tax will be enough to close the budget gap, and the delayed implementation certainly cost the city money.

City Council approves $30 million loan for the School District. The loans will be paid back using the city’s 1 percent sales tax surcharge, which was extended recently to help cover the huge drops in state funding for schools.

Class sizes: Some schools are facing serious overcrowding problems, with some classes of 35 students being taught by a strings of substitutes. Elsewhere, classes with 50 pupils aren’t uncommon. Some parents are having trouble finding schools with free registration slots. This isn’t an easy read, but that’s what makes it an important one.

Test Scores: Turns out that slashing funding doesn’t increase test scores.  Who knew?.

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September 22nd | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 9/16 – 9/22 Edition

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Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while getting ready to welcome DeSean back to town. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

Education

City Council approved a referrendum calling for the abolishment of the School Reform Commission (SRC). Mayor Nutter would have to sign it, then Philadelphians would have to vote to approve it, and then the General Assembly and the Governor and the SRC would have to decide to care.  Right now, the SRC views the vote as “symbolic.” which, to be fair, is all it is.

11 more School District buildings were sold.

Will PA review and/or revise its Common Core-like standards?  Tune in … sometime in the future to find out, as the House has postponed hearings indefinitely.

So long: After just a hot second on the job, the founding principal of the LINC school is abandoning ship.  After (checks watch) months of dedicated service, Saliyah Cruz is leaving for an undisclosed job in Baltimore.

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September 15th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 9/6 – 9/15 Edition

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Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed while planning out your Restaurant Week. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

Education

School is no longer out for summer, which means Alice Cooper lied to us.

School Reform Commission: The Teachers’ Union is angry over City Council’s refusal to add a non-binding referendum to the November ballot asking Philadelphians whether the School District should be controlled by the School Reform Commission or a local school board. The SRC can only be disbanded by a vote of the SRC itself or an act of the state legislature.

The Notebook will have a new focus this year: children’s behavioral health issues.

Raw numbers on school performance, for your perusal.

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September 8th | Posted In News

Last Week in Philly: 8/31 – 9/6 Edition

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Children dance in Dilworth Park’s new fountains – photo credit thedp.com

Welcome to YIP’s Last Week in Philly – a weekly recap of all the vital news stories you might have missed finalizing your fantasy football lineups and getting weird at the Philly Fringe. Check back every Monday for our recap of last week’s most important stories.

 

Education

Good News! All PSD students are eligible for free meals.

Bad News! Early morning school is bad for students’ health.

Sorta Good News! No Philly Schools are on “persistently dangerous” list. This is due to a drop in total violent incidents; however, the rate of violence per student population has remained constant since the district has lost population.

Really Bad News! Philly Schools open on time, but under the threat of looming layoffs and massive budget cuts.

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