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Dispatch From Philadelphia: The Brutal End of Public Education
Nov 13, 2013 • ColorLines magazinePhiladelphia's public education system, with roughly 140,000 students, is struggling for survival. In 2010, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was elected on a platform that included a range of controversial, if increasingly widespread education reform ... More
Millennial Raptivist Organizes Community's Voice
Dec 2, 2013 • Huffington PostLooking around his West Philly community -- seeing playgrounds demolished to make room for luxury town homes, and watching as the unemployment and violent murders rates rises -- a 19-year-old do-gooder held his first community event, aiming to both ... More
If TIFs are good for Center City hotels, they're good for schools, too
Nov 20, 2013 • Philly.comHere's one idea: I recently estimated that the now-closed University City High School wedged between Penn and Drexel could be worth more than $30 million. ... My own research has shown that home buyers value quality schools in Philadelphia and are ... More
What's next for broken schools? Keep the charter schools out!
Nov 23, 2013 • SalonEven as Philly has turned the corner from a half-century of population loss to grow again, the population of West Philadelphia continues to fall, from a peak of 330,000 in 1950 to 200,000 today. There are well-publicized cases of innovative public ... More
How to buy an empty Philly school
Nov 14, 2013 • Philly.com (blog)The former University City High School, which occupies a couple of blocks in the hot (by Philly standards) real estate market bordering Penn and Drexel; the former William Penn High School, which occuies a similar sprawling site on the warm ... More
Phila. School District Delays Debut of Its Buildings-For-Sale Web Site
Nov 6, 2013 • CBS LocalPHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The goal was today. But now, the School District of Philadelphia is ... Drexel University was looking at University City High School (photo), and Temple University has its eye on William Penn High. School district spokesman ... More
Female CEO Provides Communities with Year-Round Culture
Nov 22, 2013 • Huffington PostDuring the interview, Philly Roots Fellow, Isaiah Thomas, the youngest democratic City Council candidate in the history of Philadelphia, asked Fernandez what she thought about organizations uniting to purchase a big school building like William Penn or ... More
A $100 million offer for vacant schools - but how much are they really worth?
Nov 6, 2013 • Philly.comA couple years back, myself and Kevin Gillen joined forces to estimate the value of the City's vacant land inventory for what became the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority's Front Door land disposition system - a program that brought much-needed ... More
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