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Mayor Kenney Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

Philly Set Go Board Member, Nolan Tully, Reviews Mayor’s Support for Community Schools Per His First Mayoral Budget Address

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“What we need [in Philadelphia] is community schools.  Schools that are the center of that community’s universe.”  That is a quote from then-candidate Jim Kenney, at a 2015 mayoral forum. The Coalition for Community Schools defines a Community school as “both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.”  While community schools are hardly new — Randi Weingarten made the concept a central part of her 2008 campaign for President of the American Federation of Teachers, for example — the concept has not gained significant traction in Philadelphia. As Mayor Kenney begins his effort to make good on his campaign promises, it appears that Philadelphia will become the next city to wholeheartedly embrace the community school model.

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Philadelphia City Council: Don’t You Dare with Resolution 160157

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

Philadelphia City Council
City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

 

Dear Philadelphia City Council,

Philly Set Go, the first millennial PAC in Philadelphia and an organization committed to engaging and empowering Philadelphia’s largest demographic –– millennials –– strongly supports the Philadelphia Growth Coalition’s Levy-Sweeney plan.  We urge all Council members to vote against Resolution 160157, which could critically impair the viability of future job growth in Philadelphia. 

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Breakfast at Parc is Only the Beginning

On January 20th, 50 millennials gathered with one of Philadelphia's most prominent leaders, Governor Ed Rendell, to have breakfast and discuss the impact Philadelphia's 300,000 registered millennials voters could make on state and local politics. The spirited discussion that followed, at Parc Restaurant, one of Philadelphia's iconic restaurants, touched on a wide array of critically important topics. They included public education, the importance of compromise in politics, and a more uniquely Philly conversation piece — the Eagles' new head coach. 
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