Chilling outside Nocturnal Skate Shop (Instagram/@maxine.mayer)

What Philadelphia schools did with $1.8B in COVID relief

Over the past three years, the Philly School District received $1.8 billion from the federal government to spur recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • Which schools are benefitting most? In collaboration with Temple University’s Logan Center, Billy Penn analyzed nearly a thousand school budget reports to collect that information.

In aggregate, schools in North, West, and Southwest Philly received the bulk of money distributed, data journalist Colin Evans reports. On a per-student basis, schools in the district’s “Innovation Network” were at the top of the list.

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A map showing how the Philadelphia School District allocated COVID relief funding to individual schools. (Colin Evans/Logan Center)

Irish potato candy, the only-in-Philly St. Patrick’s Day treat

For the past few weeks, candy shops, bakeries, and grocery stores across Philadelphia have been stocking a beloved seasonal specialty.

The origins are murky, Asha Prihar reports, but one thing is certain: for people who grew up with the candy, it’s a don’t miss springtime treat.

→ Irish potato martini? Yep, cannoli too

Irish potato candy advertised at Shane’s Confectionery in Old City. (Asha Prihar/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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Mayor Kenney speaks at the graduation of a new class of paramedics and EMTs, hosted at FOP Lodge 5 in the Northeast (10 a.m.) The mayor then visits the Philadelphia Irish Memorial at Front and Chestnut to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Philly’s Irish community (11:45 a.m.).


🌮 BP Quizzo: Join Billy Penn for a night of local trivia with Taco Tuesday deals! We’ll be at Pistolas Del Sur on East Passyunk, handing out prizes for high scores and best team name. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21)

🌿 A slate of multicultural storytellers, speakers, and musicians provide inspiration at the Weitzman’s Freedom Seder Revisited. A $36 ticket includes food. (6 p.m. Monday, March 20) 

🥟 Fans of Filipinio cuisine can reserve a spot now for the next pop-up dinner from Baby’s Kusina, a forthcoming restaurant from the duo behind Tita Emmie’s. (6 p.m. Thursday, March 30)