To be the first in a family to attend college is a breakthrough moment that can help secure a student's financial future and end a cycle of poverty. But for many low-income students, the process proves too foreign, the hurdles too high to overcome.
Mayor Nutter today presented the steps the city is taking to unstack the deck for young men of color by expanding educational opportunities.
A new report, released by the Mayor's Office, lays out how the city of Philadelphia plans to take on the challenge set forth by My Brother's Keeper, a national campaign launched by the White House last fall and focused on breaking down barriers for Black and Hispanic youth.
The Philadelphia School Partnership has laid down a startling proposition before the financially starved School District. If the School Reform Commission approves up to 15,000 new charter school seats over the next three years, the influential school reform group will fund the expansion to the tune of $25 million -- and throw in $10 million for the District.
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Is it time to abolish the School Reform Commission?
Lately, the topic has made its way from the parlor chatter of policy wonks to the eyes and ears of an education-minded public.
And state and city officials, too, have taken recent actions toward stripping control from the appointed five-member board that has presided over the School District of Philadelphia since the state took over more than a decade ago.