Excerpt from the Eye on Education Forum held by WURD in Philadelphia.
Speaker Aja. More about the rally and POWER at www.powerphiladelphia.org/news/black-liv
Speaker Jerry Jordan. More about the rally and POWER at www.powerphiladelphia.org/news/black-liv
The non-profit Philadelphia School Partnership has offered $35 million to the Philadelphia School District. Most of the money–$25 million–would go to fund new charter school applications that the School District says it can’t afford to approve. Another $10 million would go to District schools. If the School District takes the money, PSP hopes it will help to create 15,000 more charter school seats for city students. Solomon Jones talked to PSP Executive Director Mark Gleason. Click to read Solomon’s column and hear the interview.
This year’s Let’s Move It: Philly charity event is truly star-studded, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, rapper Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, DJ Rich Medina, rapper Talib Kweli, Aja Dantzler of Kindred The Family Soul and radio personality Laiya St. Clair . Proceeds will benefit Philadelphia’s Lingelbach Elementary School, which received only $160 in discretionary funding for the current school year.
Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones’s interview with mayoral candidate Jim Kenney covered a number of subjects, including education, crime, gentrification and police brutality. Kenney also answered questions on legislation he sponsored to decriminalize marijuana, and his connection to Electrician’s Union President John Dougherty. Click headline or photo now to hear the interview in its entirety.
The Book Fair started out on a cold frosty day at John Wanamaker Department Store and is now one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African American children’s books in the country. Authors and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event.
This event is free and open to the public!
Perspective from members of our WURD youth consultant team about the film “SELMA” and its application to the modern protest movement and their lives.
It has been a tumultuous several months for Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School. The school has been beset with financial challenges that forced it to close its high school campus in the fall, and on December 26, families of remaining students received a letter from the school that it would permanently close on December 31.