What could you accomplish in 1,000 days? The possibilities seem endless, especially when they're really campaign promises. That's why my colleagues put Mayor Kenney's new report on his first 1,000 days in office under a microscope to give you a bird's eye view of the administration so far this morning. Today I'm also really excited to share with you my colleagues' new midterm election project: a text message alert system to keep you informed through Nov. 6. You're going to want to try it out.
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When Mayor Kenney won the Democratic primary and was elected mayor over three years ago, he did so on a slew of progressive promises. To mark his 1,000th day in office, Sept. 30, he released a progress report on what’s he’s accomplished so far.
So, naturally, my colleagues took to it with a fine-tooth comb to determine what he's actually gotten done, from the status of city schools to dealing with the opioid crisis.
Local control of the Philadelphia School District and improved property assessments? Check. Ending stop-and-frisk and building 30 miles of bike lanes? Not so much.
A new report released Tuesday has concerning news for local schools: increases in special-education costs in Pennsylvania are far outpacing increases in the state’s contributions to those expenses.
State aid for special education increased by $71 million between 2008 and 2016. District special-education costs, on the other hand, grew by $1.54 billion during that time. So, local school districts are left picking up more of the tab.
Of course, this isn't the state's only problem with school funding. An ongoing lawsuit alleges the way Pennsylvania pays for public education discriminates against children in poorer communities.
The midterm elections are just weeks away and, to prepare, we asked Inquirer readers what they most wanted to know before they head into the voting booth. You told us you’d like to know more about some of the key policy issues at play.
So, we're trying something new. Starting Oct. 15, my colleague Jonathan Lai will be sending out daily text alerts on the issues — simple, daily messages that break down what's at stake, highlight some key races, and answer your questions.
Want to try it out? Text the word "ELECTION" to 215-544-3038 to sign up, or enter your phone number here. (Don't worry, you can unsubscribe any time.)
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