The Philadelphia primary election, where residents will select the representatives for their party in races for City Council and mayor, is a month away. But it’s never too early to educate yourself about what’s at stake and who’s running, so this morning we’re launching our latest voter’s guide to help you out. In other news, North Philly residents are pushing back against a for-profit agency’s plans to hold migrant children at a site in Logan. My colleague Jeff Gammage explains how VisionQuest and other agencies like it turn detaining children into big business.
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Youth-services provider VisionQuest’s North Philadelphia shelter closed in 2017 after staff members were found to have punched and choked children. Now, VisionQuest will be paid up to $5.3 million by the federal government to house 60 undocumented immigrant boys at the same site.
But that’s only a fraction of the taxpayer dollars — more than $1.5 billion last year alone — spent to house and supervise children who have arrived alone at the nation’s southern border.
VisionQuest’s plan was recently blocked and City Council members, union leaders, immigrant advocates, and North Philly residents have joined the fight to keep it from opening.
Former students of the Sanford Brown Institute in Bucks County borrowed tens of thousands of dollars from the federal government to join its ultrasound program.
Only later did they learn that the for-profit school’s program wasn’t accredited. The school has since closed, but their debt remains.
Now the students are among hundreds of thousands of Americans who attended for-profit schools that closed or agreed to settle government investigations for unaccredited programs, poor instruction, and more.
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