School closings. “Doomsday budgets.” Constant tension between the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers over pay, seniority and work rules, and between the city and state over school funding. An appalling 10 percent of students graduate from college. Philly’s perennially beleaguered public schools are the city's biggest challenge, because nothing accounts for persistent unemployment and poverty as much as a lack of education does. If the schools aren’t fixed, the city can’t truly thrive. It’s that critical, and the crisis can only be solved by real leadership. Philly families and their children deserve better.

Important Resources:

For once, Philly's elected officials are in agreement on one way to help the struggling city school system. But state lawmakers have yet to authorize the $2-a-pack cigarette tax hike that City Council passed more than a year ago. The clock is ticking.  Read More...

Filed under: how philly works

On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of freezing weather…and another stormy Philadelphia City Council budget season dominated by a staggering financial crisis in the city’s public schools.  He was right on both counts. Read More...

Filed under: how philly works

Read More...

Filed under: testimony

With the Philadelphia School District releasing its "DOOMSDAY" budget for next school year, education funding is guaranteed to remain a top issue in the race for governor. Get up to speed for the May 20 primary with Seventy's latest installment of Guv Race 101! Read More...

Filed under: guv race 101, how philly works

Education is a big issue in the Pennsylvania governor's race, and charter schools are particularly controversial. With the May 20 election just four weeks away, get up to speed with Seventy's latest installment of Guv Race 101! Read More...

Filed under: guv race 101, how philly works