In the last AxisPhilly podcast Julia Bergman revisits a Catholic school in Germantown to evaluate an experiment in learning they started this school year. The podcast also includes a CityJournal entry, a personal essay by Erin Corona.
When the chief financial officer of the nonprofit that gets tax money to promote the city left her post in 2012, there was no fanfare. Only later did the real reasons for her exit emerge, in a few lines on the group’s federal tax form. Julia Bergman reports on the facts in the case.
Our latest podcast features stories about same-sex couples getting married, an essay about the enduring lure of string bands and a conversation with Editor Tom Ferrick about what’s next for the Philadelphia School District.
Is the city making it easy for voters who do not speak English to vote? An Asian-American group has complained it does not. Julia Bergman visited a polling place in Chinatown on Election Day that does have bilingual poll workers.
Our latest AxisPhilly podcast includes a report on a clever new device used the keep teens away from rec centers after hours. We offer a CityJournal essay about raising chickens in the city. Editor Tom Ferrick talks about the Democratic primary race for governor.
An examination of per pupil spending in Pennsylvania finds a wide gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. One surprise: Philadelphia is not anywhere near the bottom. Julia Bergman has the details.
Donna Cooper was a powerful insider in the Rendell administration, instrumental in adding money and programs to the education budget. Now, she is on the outside, working to restore aid to public schools. Julia Bergman profiles this veteran player turned advocate.
Our latest Podcast features a conversation with AxisPhilly editor Tom Ferrick on the slow economic recovery, a piece about a Catholic school that took in Chinese students and CityJournal essay called Waffles for Neil.
In our new podcast, blogger Jim McMillan talks about the latest tool used to reduce violence. Editor Tom Ferrick talks about the grand jury report on a factory fire in Kensington that claimed the life of two firefighters. Our CityJournal piece is by Taylor Burke.
When it comes to getting women on the boards of directors of public companies, Philadelphia has been in a freeze frame for the last decade. The numbers began low and stay low. Julie Bergman reports on a new study.
A new Pew report confirms that the number of 20 to 34 year olds has gone up significantly in recent years. Most love the city, but it’s a ‘conditional affection.’ In the future, half may leave. Julia Bergman has the details.
In our latest AxisPhilly podcast, Connie Langland talks about the troubles at Ben Franklin High School. Marcus Pendleton offers an essay about a surprise encounter at a bus stop. Tom Ferrick talks about something he calls the “Dumb Idea of the Week.”
Isaiah Thompson talks about Philadelphia’s new land bank law. Patrick Kerkstra discusses the major rise in campaign spending by City Council members. Our CityJournal entry features the tale of a woman who suffers a tragic loss and how the city helped her heal.
When school opened in September, officials at the Philadelphia School District expected 135,000 students to walk in the doors. Only 131,000 did. Where did those 4,000 missing students go? Two months later answers have emerged.
The city’s campaign finance site is supposed to give citizens easy access to information about campaign spending. Does it do the job? Julia Bergman evaluates the city site in a new installment of Site Watch.
The DePaul Catholic School in Germantown is experimenting with a new program that seeks to integrate computers in the classroom experience. We follow up our earlier story with a look-see at how it is working so far.
Food cart food is faster and cheaper than fast food. But the carts don’t reveal calorie counts or nutritional values. We tested 10 of the most popular items for nutritional value. Get ready for some surprises.
How many Philadelphians go to Philly’s colleges and universities? That’s the question we posed to the 11 four-year schools in the city. Some didn’t want to say. Others were reluctant to reply. Here is the tale the numbers tell.
It’s a new day at St. Malachy School in North Philadelphia. One of the city’s oldest Catholic schools is also one of its 14 new Mission Schools, whose goals are to educate the poor regardless of religion. We arrive at St. Malachy on the first day of school and witness the changes — and the challenges — it faces.
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The Philadelphia office of the Social Security Administration is running a pilot program to screen for applicants who have committed serious crimes, and prevent them from serving as a “representative” payee.