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On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester, and two police officers – and many more injured.
Mayor Kenney announces a pilot program to put full-time social workers in 22 city schools. He was joined by David T. Jones (left), commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health, and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. of the School District. At Southwark Elementary, there is one counselor for 800 students, many of whom have behavioral and emotional challenges. When principal Andrew Lukov got news that the school was getting a full-time social worker — and eventually other professionals to address students’ emotional needs — he cheered. In 19 years as a Philadelphia School District employee, he’s found that students’ biggest obstacle to academic progress is often not about curriculum or supplies, but about things happening to them outside the classroom. “To have another team member to help triage, to support kids emotionally, to be proactive, that’s huge,” said Lukov. “We all know the correlation between students’ feeling comfortable and supported, and academic success.” The city will spend $1.2 million to put full-time social workers in Southwark and 21 other schools beginning this fall, Mayor Kenney announced Wednesday. The pilot program, which officials hope eventually will roll out to schools districtwide, will introduce behavioral consultants, case managers, and family peer specialists in later years.
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