July 14, 2016
By Jonathan Zimmerman I live in two worlds. In one of them, Education World, there are angry and divisive battles over our public schools. But in the other one, known colloquially as the Real World, there's an enormous degree of consensus about them. Witness Hillary Clinton's recent speech to the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union. It was a lovefest, for the most part, as Clinton endorsed higher teacher pay and the other standard items on the NEA's wish list.
July 14, 2016 |
AS POLICE-RELATED violence spiraled out of control last week, I was anguished. Not because the toxic mix of anger and grief was a new experience, but because it was not. Since April, I have felt the pain of a family that has lost one of its own to an unjustified police shooting. I have seen the media firestorm that follows the killing of a police officer at a protest. I have bemoaned society's reluctance to acknowledge the role of racism. I wrote the story of last week's violence even before it happened.
July 11, 2016 |
Witness is protest. You need only to video or livestream an event to inject it into mass consciousness, as if to say: This. This exists. And very often that act carries this implicit yet passionate message: And we have to change it. On Wednesday, Diamond Reynolds used Facebook Live to livestream from Falcon Heights, Minn. Her video showed her boyfriend, Philando Castile, dying of wounds after being shot by a police officer. With purpose and self-possession, she addresses her virtual audience: "We got pulled over for a busted taillight in the back and the police just.
July 6, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS Protect athletes Thank you for the editorial about the challenges athletes will face at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next month ("Dangerous Games," June 24). I've been concerned that the focus on Brazil's inability to contain the Zika virus has overshadowed other threats to the health and safety of Olympians. I would add the likely security challenges and possible problems with the construction of Olympic facilities. The International and U.S. Olympic Committees should do a better job of looking out for athletes and spectators.
July 4, 2016
Faleeha Hassan is a poet living in Washington Township The world needs poets more than it needs politicians. The country I come from made me say this. I am the one who has been living, since my adolescence, a series of wars. One was the Iraq-Iran war, which the Iraqi government believed it was going to end in 10 days. They even closed our schools, thinking that 10 days is enough to end a border dispute. That war lasted eight years. It would kill all my male friends who enrolled in the army as they turned 18. Their mothers got the remains of their bodies in boxes of wood wrapped in the flag of Iraq.
July 3, 2016 |
The School Reform Commission on Friday voted to begin the process of shutting down one of the oldest charter schools in the city, and gave its blessing for another charter to add high school grades. Citing years of low test scores, a declining graduation rate, and a host of other academic and administrative deficiencies, the commission voted, 4-1, to revoke its operating agreement with World Communications Charter in Center City. The next step for World Communications is an Aug. 15 hearing, then another SRC vote.
June 27, 2016 |
When we lived in Mount Airy, I once joked that in the event all the glaciers melted, we'd have beachfront property. Since my efforts to be the Henny Youngman of climate change, we've had some serious weather: Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which followed Irene in 2011. The greatest damage in New Jersey and New York was caused by storm surge - especially in New York City, even with precautions taken after the extensive flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. A report by financial-services company CoreLogic outlines the potential risk of damage from hurricane storm-surge inundation on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
June 24, 2016
By Taylor Hosking Some concerned citizens have been raising questions, a lot of questions, about what Philadelphia will look like post-soda tax. I have a few ideas that I'm sure will quell concerns. No more free soda with your $5 halal. They'll all want an extra dollar for that soda, so there's no longer a good way to decide which halal food cart is the best. You might as well have gotten Chipotle. To save money, soda companies will deliver fewer days out of the month. The real soda addicts will figure out what days those are - and you'll know when it's empty shelf day. In order to increase sales, Coke will capitalize on the success of its names-on-the-can marketing campaign by adding millennial slang and Philly-specific words.
June 22, 2016 |
Doubling down on Philadelphia's high-profile support for immigrants and refugees, Mayor Kenney on Monday pushed back against national candidates who "use immigration as a political football. " "I'm not going to allow anyone, Donald Trump or anyone," to impugn immigrants and refugees, he said. "Philadelphia is going to be a sanctuary for people who need protection. " Kenney's remarks were part of a City Hall reception for World Refugee Day, an international observance held annually on June 20, now in its 15th year.
June 16, 2016 |
In their final pitch to the jury, prosecutors in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial on Tuesday labeled one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress a crook, a liar, and a thief. But as Justice Department lawyer Eric Gibson turned to point an accusatory finger at the congressman, the scene encapsulated impressions that both sides sought to leave with the panel. "The arrogance on display here is astounding," an animated Gibson declared. "In Fattah World, none of the rules that apply to anyone else have any application to the congressman, his family, or his codefendants.