Newsletter for Wednesday, Feb. 17
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Through the fog, it’s Billy (Instagram via @extrenergy).
SRC’S POWERS DIMINISHED BY THE SUPREME COURT
The PA Supreme Court ruled yesterday the SRC could no longer have the power to override portions of the state school code. Up to this point, the SRC, the five-member state-run panel that controlled the school district, had used these powers to limit charter expansion, cancel parts of teachers’ contracts and close schools, among other things. The court ruled the SRC to have had “an unconstrained grant of authority.” The SRC isn’t taking the decision too well. SRC member Bill Green told Newsworks the district could lose tens of millions and teachers might need to be reshuffled around. PFT leader Jerry Jordan agreed that this could mean a financial hit but also wanted to see the SRC held in check. With the SRC weaker, it also means the state legislature will have more sway over Philly schools, the state legislature that still hasn’t agreed to this year’s budget.
MEET CITY COUNCIL’S NEW 28-YEAR-OLD CFO
In early February, he sent out a memo to his staff: Matthew Stitt, formerly the deputy chief financial officer of City Council, had been promoted to CFO at the tender age of 28. He’s a Haverford College grad and a Mount Airy native, whose mom and grandmother tell Billy Penn all kinds of stories about how he grew up and why he’s succeeding. Meet Matt Stitt.
Females in the house: chef Mackenzie Hilton is creating a special menu of bites designed to go with cocktails designed by The Franklin's Sara Justice, using Sarah Serica's Copper & Kings brandy.
Where: Time at 1315 Sansom St. 19107
When: February 17, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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NO PROGRESS ON HATE CRIMES IN PA, DESPITE KATHRYN KNOTT SENTENCE
Kathryn Knott’s sentence — five months in prison, plus probation, in the Center City gay attack, was seen as an accomplishment, an occasion where the punishment actually fit the crime. But by other measurements, Philadelphia and especially Pennsylvania remain far behind. It took Knott’s attack — not decades of assaults and even murders of LBGT people– to push the city to change its code and allow for stricter punishments for these types of crimes. And yet nobody has been charged with that crime yet. So what’s going on?
BILL COSBY’S LEGAL STRATEGY: DELAY UNTIL DEATH?
For comedian Bill Cosby, whose Montgomery County criminal charges and pending trial are drawing intense, sustained media attention, his attorneys are all but ensuring his case could take months or even years before a trial. On Friday, Cosby’s defense team filed the first appeal in the case, following a two-day hearing on whether the comedian could even face the charges filed against him. It’s already been 12 years since the he alleged sexual assault. With Cosby being 78 years old and — as his attorneys have pointed out — not in the best of health, is the strategy just to delay until his death?