April 3, 2016
Larry Eichel and Katie Martinare are with the Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia research initiative, which studies key issues facing Philadelphia. Philadelphia in 2016 is a growing city undergoing a sweeping transformation, most evident in the age and diversity of those who live here. The city's population has risen for nine consecutive years, up a further 5,880 in the most recent count. The increase since 2006 stands at 78,732, a stark reversal after a decrease of nearly 600,000 over the previous five decades.
March 24, 2016 |
Pew Charitable Trusts said Tuesday it will give $8.59 million over the next three years to 45 Philadelphia-area groups that help the region's low-income children, youth, and their families. The Center City foundation it expected the grants annually to assist more than 22,000 local young people. The poverty rate for children in the city is 37 percent, Pew said. The grants from the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services is geared to these areas: early education and child care; prevention and early intervention services to reduce behavioral and academic problems; mental health services; quality after-school programs; and helping parents secure and retain public benefits and services to strengthen household stability.
February 26, 2016 |
Pennsylvania is one of 22 states that has not adopted "best practice" quality standards for compounding sterile drugs, a study has found. New Jersey has adopted some of the standards "but not in their entirety," according to Pew Charitable Trusts, which performed the study, commissioned after a deadly 2012 outbreak traced to a Massachusetts compounding facility. After tainted steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center caused a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened more than 750, state and federal officials reexamined laws and regulations governing drug compounding - the traditional pharmacy practice of creating custom medicines to meet individual needs of a patient.
January 31, 2016 |
State lawmakers want to hold hearings on the physical condition of Pennsylvania's schools, State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes announced Friday at Locke Elementary, which lost heat last week, sending students home for the day. The legislator also asked the state Education Department to audit the Philadelphia School District. Hughes' announcement was, in part, a response to a boiler explosion this month at Edmonds Elementary School in East Mount Airy, which left a maintenance employee critically injured.
January 16, 2016 |
Local control of large urban school systems is no magic bullet to improve academic performance, research released Thursday indicates. Then again, neither is state control of such districts. The conclusions from the Pew Charitable Trusts come amid a growing local push for an end to the School Reform Commission, which has controlled the beleaguered Philadelphia School District since 2001. Opponents of the SRC - created during the state's takeover of the district, amid financial crisis and academic distress - say it has outlived its usefulness and ought to be replaced by some sort of locally appointed or locally elected board.
December 15, 2015
P ATRICK CALLIHAN, 49, of Landenberg, Chester County, is executive director of Tech Impact, a North Philly-based nonprofit that helps nonprofit clients make sense of large-scale technology projects and provides tech maintenance and support services. The firm also helps young, at-risk urban adults move into IT careers. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: The company started in 2003 as NPower Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to help other nonprofits with tech. In 2012, NPower broke up and we rebranded as Tech Impact.
December 8, 2015
Marian Baldini has been hired as president and CEO of KenCrest, a nonprofit Plymouth Meeting provider of human and social services for people across the age spectrum who have, or are at risk of having, intellectual disabilities and autism. She had been chief operating officer of Jewish Employment and Vocational Services of Philadelphia. Amy J. Goldberg has been appointed professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University , surgeon-in-chief for Temple University Health System , and medical director of perioperative services at Temple University Hospital.
November 20, 2015 |
A report released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts reveals a stark divide in perceptions about Philadelphia, with the affluent feeling most optimistic about the city's future and the poor viewing it as a place whose best days have ended. The findings are not new or surprising, given that the city's increasingly wealthy downtown has remained surrounded by hundreds of thousands of impoverished people in neighborhoods farther away. But they illustrate that the optimism over redevelopment in central Philadelphia is little felt beyond the construction cranes in the city's core.
November 20, 2015
MOST Philadelphians are either down on the city, or skeptical of its chances for future success. That's my reading of a novel city survey assessing attitudes rather than demographics, from the always engaging Pew Charitable Trusts. Rather than lump Philadelphians into the familiar categories of age, income, race, gender, religion or political party, it harnessed computer power to create four attitudinal groups: Dissatisfied Citizens, Die-hard Loyalists, Uncommitted Skeptics, Enthusiastic Urbanists.
November 13, 2015 |
THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. Knight Foundation wants to change the conversation about Philadelphia public schools to keep talented millennials from leaving the city once they have school-age children. The Miami-based philanthropy is scheduled to announce today that it has awarded $250,000 to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to promote what is working in district schools and highlight student achievement. "It's a one-year grant, and it's really designed to help us do things that nonprofits often don't get the money to do," said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and chief executive of the fund, created in 2003 to secure and manage financial gifts to the district.