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POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome Aboard, School Board! Check Lifejackets

POLS ON THE STREET: Welcome Aboard, School Board! Check Lifejackets

BY JOE SHAHEELI
Philadelphia crossed a historic milestone when it recovered its own Board of Education, freed from State management as of July 1, 2018.

Few are mourning this change, on either side of City Line Avenue. With important exceptions, the City doesn’t trust the State to deliver and the State doesn’t trust the City to deliver. Each is chary of its resources – particularly Philadelphia, which is much more dynamic economically now than it was when the School Reform Commission was established in 2001. Today it is Philadelphia that is growing, while most of Keystone Red State is stagnating economically.

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OIC CEO Kevin Johnson jumps into PA-1 race on eve of Brady retirement

OIC CEO Kevin Johnson jumps into PA-1 race on eve of Brady retirement

Former Bright Hope Baptist Church Pastor Kevin Johnson announced he will run for the 1st Congressional District – a day before U.S. Rep. Bob Brady announced he would not seek another term in office.

Johnson sent out a campaign email on Tuesday, promoting a Friday kickoff event in North Philadelphia.

Johnson is currently the CEO of the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, a storied job-training nonprofit based in North Philadelphia. The church he once led is also well known as one of the most politically influential houses of worship in a city where the black clergy wields considerable power.

He resigned from Bright Hope in 2014, amid questions about his compensation and the church’s financial entanglements, later starting his own congregation, Dare to Imagine Church, in West Philadelphia. He moved to OIC the following year Read More