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Hundreds of people are marching from City Hall to the school district building demanding justice for the Asian American students who were attacked on the SEPTA train on Nov. 17th.
People arriving at 440 now, chanting “Stop bullies, “Stop Asian hate,” and “Support Christina.”
I spoke to a few Central High School students who were on the train that day. They said everyone deserves to feel safe traveling home.

Some students ask for more accountability from the school district, and want more input on how incidents of racial bias are handled. #PHled
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“Ozone, a lung irritant, is produced indirectly by ion generators & directly by ozone generators. While indirect ozone production is of concern, there is even greater concern with the direct, and purposeful introduction of a lung irritant into indoor air.”
epa.gov/indoor-air-qua…
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50 years ago today, a fairly remarkable thing happened in the world of #phled.

Richardson Dilworth -- former mayor and current school board president -- proposed breaking up the suburban school districts and merging them with Philadelphia.

Yes, this happened....(thread)
The School District of Philadelphia was in dire financial straits in 1971.

Dilworth said the only path to solvency was to create 12 mega districts. Each would include a portion of Philadelphia and portion of the suburbs and educate 50,000 students at maximum.
The School District of Philadelphia, as constructed, was "as manageable as a room full of Jell-O," Dilworth told a crowd at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
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I'm looking right now at a spreadsheet of which parents chose virtual education in Philly and which chose in-person...and I'll say this:

Your assumptions are probably wrong. #PHLed (mini-thread)
Quick reminder: Back in November the district said it would invite students in grades K-2 to attend school in-person...if they wanted.

That never happened. But the district did ask parents to choose between in-person and online learning...
Here are the schools where over 55% of families chose in-person learning:
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I’d be fully supportive of this:
- IF the Board & 440 had a history of being more REFLECTIVE than DEFLECTIVE.
- IF it wasn’t a result of another multi-year, multi-million dollar outside consultancy contract assessing local needs.
- IF school-based & community-based stakeholders..
...weren’t treated as an afterthought in the planning process (again!).
- IF there was a pattern of investment and funding going directly to the benefit of students and families.
- IF assessments of racial equity were truly independent of influence of district leadership.
- IF leadership was held appropriately accountable for past injustices.
- IF community voices were truly heard and valued during public meetings.
- IF this District had a history of being adaptive in their initiatives (rather than pushing through school-based concerns or...
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Today's updates:
➡️Confirmed cases
➡️New @PHLPublicHealth drive-through testing site
➡️Change in free meal sites locations
➡️Update on #PHLCOVID19Fund
➡️Roundup of worker resources
The @PHLPublicHealth commissioner @DrTomFarley reported 23 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, for a total of 67. Ten are healthcare workers.

The increase is due to both an increase in testing and the spread of the virus.

We expect that increase to continue.
Testing availability is improving. Most of the Philly area's large healthcare providers have set up testing sites. All sites are facing a shortage of kits, which is why they have criteria for who qualifies for a test.
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As a City Councilmember in Philly, I’ve been thinking a lot about tonight’s #SOTU. Here’s what I wish I would see in 45’s address tonight (although I’m not holding my breath). @LocalProgress /1
1st Economic Justice: Philly is the poorest large city in the US and PA’s $7.25 minimum wage is the lowest in the region. We have over 100K hourly workers in the city alone. /2
Our City Council instituted a 21st Century living wage, passed pay equity/anti-wage theft laws, and we’re holding hearings on #FairWorkweekPHL to address unpredictable hours and help workers and families. /3
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It takes a special kind of somebody to shill for vouchers, charters, and defunding of public education, then claim that biggest danger to kids is "discipline reform" i.e. reducing school suspensions. And yet @Phillydotcom gives this guy the bandwidth: philly.com/philly/opinion… 1/
I'm mom to 3 #PhlEd kids, former teacher and as a Councilmember fully support call to end K-5 suspensions. They're a result of poor practices & lack of resources/supports for kids. Thx to @edlawcenterpa @YUCphilly @215studentunion for leading that call. 2/
This year we won a commitment to end K suspensions, which #PhlEd reported to change in teacher practices. Next Sept., #PhlEd will end suspensions in K-2. 3/
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