Expect a major announcement from Mayor Kenney today, as Philadelphia plans to take back control of the public school system, and pay for it too. Kenney will today address City Council and release a letter to the public stating an end to the state-led School Reform Commission by July 1, replacing that five-person panel with a nine-person school board he will appoint. He also expects the city to cover the $1 billion school deficit over the next half decade. "With a return to local control," Kenney wrote, "the people of Philadelphia will finally be able to hold one person accountable for their school system, the mayor." Hopefully he's not in charge of punctuation. Read the full report at Philly.com.
The Art Commission approved the installation of 100 advertising kiosks that also provide free WiFi, finalizing a public-private plan that has drawn criticism from neighborhood civic groups. An estimated 80 of the 100 kiosks will be placed in Center City and University City. Another 20 will be dispersed at undecided locations throughout Philadelphia. The Art Commission made its ruling despite notable disagreement from the community. Here's why some people are angry and why the city says they're a good idea.
The Sixers beat the Hawks last night to get to 4-4, but the big news yesterday was that Jahlil Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, did not have his option picked up and has requested the Sixers either trade or cut him. So far the Sixers, who also want him gone, have been unable to trade him. They said yesterday they weren't going to just cut him. But they still aren't playing him, and they never should have drafted him. We ran through Okafor's roller coaster career in Philly to ask: Is this Sam Hinkie's fault?
Larry Krasner or Beth Grossman for District Attorney? Who's even challenging Rebecca Rhynhart for City Controller? And are there any other races to follow? We have all the info you'll need for making informed decisions on Election Day next week.
Telling stories of the lives lived by the victims of gun violence is the goal of "Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence," a new show by 25 local artists, each paired with families or friends of victims in Philadelphia. After the opening night reception with music and speakers, the exhibition continues throughout the month of November.
Where: Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill at 8855 Germantown Ave. 19118
When: November 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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New date night idea: Free Library and chill. Yep, as of Nov. 1, Philly residents have access to a new catalog of 30,000 movies, TV shows, documentaries and other films. They’re all available to watch on-demand, anytime you want — for free. All you need is a library card. Here's how the new Kanopy streaming service works.
We know, saying anything is better than Wawa leads to controversy in this town. However, we're pretty confident in this one. Not that there's anything wrong with the Gobbler, Wawa's seasonal hot turkey hoagie that just landed in stores across the chain. But when you check out the Turducken from Jake's Sandwich Board — roast turkey, chicken, duck, cranberry, stuffing, tots and gravy on a roll — well, there's just no competition. Get the Thanksgiving sandwich of your dreams, which is now available.