Six Leaders Who Need to Step Up

6 city leaders Philadelphia schools

Darrell Clarke

The City Council prez talks frequently about how dire the current fiscal crisis is—even though he, more than any other city official, is in a position to help solve it. With the state legislature having rebuffed his cigarette-tax plan for raising more dough, he needs to look at other funding options—soda tax, real estate taxes, government cost savings—to help right the financial ship. Failure isn’t an option here, Mr. President.

Amy Gutmann

As the leader of the most important institution in the city, Penn’s president needs to get more involved in the conversation—and use the resources of her mighty university to help educate more kids. The highly successful Penn Alexander School is a model of a university-supported grade school, but it was launched under Gutmann’s predecessor, Judy Rodin. Where’s Gutmann’s PA?

Michael Nutter

After keeping his distance from the schools in his first five years in office, the Mayor has become more engaged, taking some politically tough stances to raise more revenue. But he could still do more to persuade a skeptical public that the dollars won’t be wasted, and to lead from behind in a statewide coalition of districts that have been shafted by state budget cuts.
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Live Chat: Eagles Vs. Chiefs

Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat as the Eagles host the Chiefs tonight at 8:25 p.m. The guys will have updates and observations from the Linc.

Podcast: Birds 24/7 Radio, Week 3

Tim and Sheil hosted a special Tuesday edition of Birds 24/7 on 97.5 The Fanatic. Look beyond the Andy Reid story line, and you’ll quickly notice that this is a big game for the Eagles. Can they pull it off? And what to make of this team through two weeks?

You can listen to the podcast here or download it here from iTunes.

They’ll be broadcasting live from Smiths in Center City from 6 to 7  Thursdays during the season.

Do It Today: Philadelphia Magazine Editor Tom McGrath to Moderate DOMA Conversation

Today at 5:30 p.m. as part of the National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day programming, Philadelphia magazine editor Tom McGrath will moderate “DOMA and PA: Legal Showdown,” a discussion of the future of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania in the wake of PA attorney general Kathleen Kane’s decision not to defend the state’s ban.

Representing both sides of the issue will be Mark Aronchick of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin and Schiller (the firm representing the ACLU in its challenge of the state law) and Greg Randall Lee, a professor of constitutional law at Widener University.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. You can attend in person at the Constitution Center (reservations recommended) or watch a live stream.

Live Chat: Eagles Vs. Chargers

Join Tim and Sheil for a live chat during today’s Eagles-Chargers game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Podcast: Birds 24/7 Radio, Week 2

Tim and Sheil look back at the Eagles’ eye-opening performance against Washington. Is this style of play sustainable? The guys explore that question from a variety of angles.

You can listen to the podcast here or download it here from iTunes.

They’ll be broadcasting live from Smiths in Center City from 6 to 7  Thursdays during the season. Please note that, due to the Thursday night game against the Chiefs, next week’s show will be on Tuesday.

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