Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday  October 28 1. Nutter: Dissolve the School Reform Commission Mayor Nutter on Tuesday recommended replacing the School Reform Commission, which has governed the Philadelphia schools for the last 15 years. In a major policy speech, Nutter advocated creation of a Board of Education that would be composed of five people picked by the…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday October 16 1. DNC to Philly: Cash in on our convention The Democratic National Convention wants to partner with local businesses. The convention, which will officially nominate the Democratic candidates for president and vice president, will take place July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center. The event is expected to draw 35,000…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday July 1 1. Chris Christie announces 2016 presidential bid New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally jumped into the crowded Republican presidential field here on Tuesday, stressing his leadership of a blue state and blaming both parties for the gridlock in Washington. “We need a government … that remembers you went there…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Monday March 2  1. Millennials could be political force in Philadelphia, if they voted For years, Philadelphia fretted about the “brain drain” – college students leaving town as soon as their education ended. That trend has been reversed with millennials – those aged 20 to 34 – now representing the largest…

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“Just wanted to give you a heads-up. Tom Wolf is replacing Bill Green as chair of the SRC…” When my friend Vince called me with that bit of news early Sunday evening, I said, oh, okay. While it was interesting on one level that Wolf decided to put Commissioner (and former School District of Philadelphia…

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On Wednesday I moderated a WHYY forum featuring a panel of black scholars talking about Thurgood Marshall, a lawyer who fought Jim Crow head on, eventually winning Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court case which desegregated schools—in theory, at least. While I was moderating that forum, which traced…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Tuesday February 19  1. SRC votes to approve 5 new charter school applications The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools from among 39 applications. The approved schools were offered three-year charters and have until May 31 to agree to terms with the SRC. Absent…

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There are a lot of things that you probably know about me thanks to the bio that’s on my page here on SolomonJones.com. But one of the things not included in my bio is that I, at 50, still try and catch “Sesame Street” as often as possible. I don’t have any kids, and my…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Tuesday February 18 1. Obama immigration order temporarily halted by Texas judge  U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled Monday night to block President Barack Obama’s order shielding up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Hanen ruled that the administration failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, which calls for the White…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Monday February 11  1. School’s latest budget forecasts $80 million deficit The news remains grim: Without major cash infusions from the city and state, the Philadelphia School District faces a deficit of roughly $80 million for the coming school year, officials said Monday night. School Reform Commissioner Feather O. Houstoun, opening…

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