On one of his weekly school visits, made faithfully since taking office, Mayor Jim Kenney was standing in a classroom — he thinks it was a fourth or fifth grade — when he was distracted by water dripping down from a leaky roof. “How long has it been that way?” he asked the teacher. “Three years.” Kenney called a roofer he knew. The leak was fixed within days — gratis. “The bureaucracy would say that’s not the way we do it,” Kenney said. “But I’m not gonna allow a kid to sit in a leaky classroom for three years because paper work’s not moved from one place to another.” Nearly every Philadelphia mayor before Kenney has been a peripheral player in the city’s education drama, able to offer only small fixes and, sometimes, a bully pulpit. When it came to healing the whole system, their powers were limited. Starting next year, however, Kenney will have unprecedented say in the direction of Philadelphia’s schools. This week he took upon himself full responsibility for improving the overburdened and underfunded system, making a dramatic call for an end to the state-dominated body that has run it for 15 years and for the return of a local Board of Education, with all nine members appointed by him.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to put on ice a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s congressional districts approved after the 2010 census. Justice Samuel Alito on Friday rejected the requested stay of the lawsuit by five Pennsylvania voters against the governor and elections officials, a court official said Saturday. Republican leaders in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly had said in the request filed last week that a trial in the case could occur in about a month, as the justices are considering a Wisconsin gerrymandering case with what they call “substantively identical claims.” House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, who were granted a request to intervene in the federal case, asked the court to impose a halt until a similar Commonwealth Court lawsuit over the districts is resolved — and that case is mostly on hold pending a decision in the Wisconsin lawsuit. Lawyers for Turzai and Scarnati argued the Wisconsin decision could render the Pennsylvania lawsuit moot, or narrow its issues.
One in a series of occasional articles examining how President Trump’s ascendance and early moves have altered expectations and reality. This story is the first of three gauging those effects in one Pennsylvania county.
Last month SUNY gave its pet charter schools the freedom to hire whatever warm bodies they could get their hands on, based on the theory that-- well, I'm not sure. That hiring real teachers is hard, and expensive? That getting trained educational professionals to take bad direction from well-connected amateurs (lookin' at you, Eva Moskowitz)? That the leaders of charters are just so awesome that their awesomeness will elevate the warm bodies they hire? That teaching isn't a real job and any schlubb off the street can do it? Pick your favorite theory. In any case, the NYT thinks the warm body idea is awesome sauce. The NYT fact-checking machinery is legendary. When my old friend got married years ago in NYC and his announcement was going to take up four whole lines of NYT space, the Grey Lady called my friend's mom back in our small town to confirm that she did in fact run the business that the announcement said she ran. So I believe that America's newspaper of record knows how to check it some facts. And yet this editorial was written when the fact checkers were out to lunch.
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