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Parents claim lottery is ‘dismantling’ one of Philly’s top schools

Last year, the Philadelphia School District overhauled its admission process for magnet high schools, implementing a lottery to increase equity and diversity.

A report prepared by parents at Masterman (PDF), considered one of the city’s best, claims the process led to lower scores and took resources from top students, per The Inquirer.

The report has spurred discussion on social media: Was the school ever actually “good” — or was it just reproducing inputs? 

Julia Reynolds Masterman Public School in in Spring Garden is one of the top rated schools in the United States. (Nathan Morris for Billy Penn)

After 40 years cash only, beloved hoagie shop takes credit cards

One of West Philly’s most popular hoagie shops has started taking credit cards for the first time in its 41-year history.

  • Customers are rejoicing over Fu-Wah Mini Market’s move away from cash only — the news caused a burst of posts on social media — and the change has been good for business, too.

“We’ve had the system a month now,” said Dave Lai, whose parents opened the store after fleeing North Vietnam. “I can see everybody’s a lot happier.”

→ Why they finally made the switch

Banh mi at Fu-Wah Mini Market (Courtesy Fu-Wah)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing on tap for Mayor Kenney today, though he did have a busy weekend. He spoke at a North Philly youth symposium hosted by Men for Positive Change, joined the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Black History Month celebration, and helped introduce Bernice A. King’s speech at the African American Museum.


🍺 Billy Penn Quizzo: Our monthly trivia night is back! We’re at Attic Brewing in Germantown this month, with three rounds of questions, happy hour specials, and great prizes for the winners. Free RSVP here. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28)

🎤 Mayoral forum: Billy Penn, WHYY, and CeaseFirePA host the “100th Mayor: Restoring Safety Forum.” The in-person audience is limited, but you can watch the livestream via Facebook. (7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 1)

🍽️ East Passyunk Restaurant Week features dozens of spots offering three-course prix fixe dinners or lunches at price points between $20 and $55. (Feb. 27 through March 10)

♻️ The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Center City hosts a free opening reception for “Nothing Change, Nothing Strange,” an installation by found-object sculptor Henry Taylor. (6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1)