Private Sector Is Urged To Help Philadelphia Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — About 50 business leaders gathered Tuesday morning to hear about ways they can donate time, resources and money to Philadelphia public schools.

Mayor Kenney said Philadelphia schools are underfunded, but the private sector can step up. What do we do,” he said. “Do we wring our hands, throw our hands up in the air say, ‘We’re not being funded, there’s nothing we can do about it.’ No. We’re going to raise money privately.”

The Zarwin Baum law firm hosted the meeting to show how it has adopted Mitchell Elementary in Southwest Philadelphia.

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Ding Ding! Burgers Duke It Out To Be Crowned Philly’s Best

It was nearly impossible to walk out of XFINITY Live! hungry Sunday during the 7th annual Philly Burger Brawl. You could hear and smell the burgers sizzling on the grills all throughout the venue’s parking lot as live music was blasting. Food lovers like John Davis were more than satisfied: “Pretty full, tired! I’ve hit every one so far.”

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We're Hiring: Administrative Coordinator/Development Associate

Reporting to the President and CEO of The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the Administrative Coordinator/Development Associate will have a dual role of providing both administrative support and development assistance. The candidate will assist with fundraising campaigns, special events, grant writing, and writing for our website, blog post, and social media platforms.  

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12 Great Stories That Have Nothing to Do With Politics

After learning that there were over 1,000 broken instruments in the Philadelphia school system, Robert Blackson decided to do something about it. Mr. Blackson collected scores of damaged flutes, trombones and other instruments for an exhibit. In October 2017, hundreds of children and volunteers will play these instruments in a Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, created by David Lang. You can watch a short trailer for the project above.

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A Symphony Scored from a School District’s 1,000 Broken Instruments

The School District of Philadelphia has over 1,000 broken musical instruments, from flutes with bent keys to trombones missing slides. Some of their fixes are easy, others complex, yet due to funding cuts in the city, the district doesn’t have a budget for either. Each broken instrument represents a student who’s unable to participate in music programs. When Robert Blackson, director of exhibitions and public programs at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, learned about the issue, he saw an opportunity to draw attention to the struggle of music education, while also raising money for repairs.

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Philly students respond, react to renowned think tank’s challenge

“These past eight weeks have changed my life and have shown me the importance of giving back to the community,” stated Mark Sharashidze. A junior at comedian Kevin Hart’s alma mater, Philadelphia’s George Washington High School, Sharashidze introspectively summed up the last two months of his life participating in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition.

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160 Philadelphia students from 20 schools are taking on this year’s Aspen Challenge, devising real solutions to real world issues

It says something about the thrill and enthusiasm of the Aspen Challenge, a real-life problem-solving contest for high school students, that Questlove was not the one who delivered the most inspiring message of the day.

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Making Beautiful Music with Busted Instruments from Philly Public Schools

In the gallery at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, visitors can see more than 800 broken musical instruments gathered by teachers from classrooms and storage spaces across the School District of Philadelphia. This display is both a testament to the district’s long commitment to music education and a reflection of the sorry state of current funding for music programs. 

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'This is what broken sounds like': 800 Philly school instruments awaiting repair to be used for symphony

As a small corps of musicians arrived on a recent morning, Jeremy Thal gathered them into a loose huddle and laid out the day’s mission.

'This is what broken sounds like': 800 Philly school instruments awaiting repair to be used for symphony.

“We know what one broken tuba sounds like,” he said. “Now, we’re kind of curious what four broken tubas sound like. So, everyone grab a horn that has a leak -- a sizable leak like this one, that’s missing a valve.”

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Philly will lease Mayor's Suite at Wells Fargo Center to fund education

Philadelphia School District gets major donation for influx of 80,000 books Drexel, Camden nonprofit awarded $6 million to benefit local students Philly boosting internet service; all city recreation centers will soon have Wi-Fi

Commonly known as the "Mayor's Box," the suite is a taxpayer-funded amenity that has enabled the city to provide top-level sports and concert tickets to guests including charitable organizations, firefighters and the family and friends of government employees. Such suites also exist at Citizen's Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.

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