Branch schools begin teaching a MOVE module
The School District of Philadelphia is revamping its African American history curriculum for the first time since it was officially added in 2005.
- Educators are creating a new unit as part of the renewal: one that teaches the history of MOVE. Developed with the help of band member Mike Africa Jr. and will also include community feedback.
An entire course dedicated to the history of Black Philadelphia will be offered, Jordan Levy reports, and could be adopted by the city’s charter schools.
→ How MOVE will be taught
Philly’s new tourism campaign features icons old and new
How do you explain what Philadelphia is really about to people who don’t live here? Perhaps by calling attention to Harriett’s Bookstore and city-wide specials.
- With the expected growth of tourism to pre-pandemic levels by next year and the spotlight comes as the country celebrates its 250th birthday, the city’s two destination marketing agencies are teaming up to try.
“Come to Philadelphia. Stay for Philly. is the tagline released Monday by Visit Philly and the PHLCVB — the first time the two have collaborated on a campaign.
→ Get details
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- In a surprise move, House Speaker Mark Rozzi, who won the seat as a cross-party compromise, said he would not necessarily step down if Democrats win back the majority, as expected, after next week’s special election. [AP]
- Philadelphia has released a new campaign finance dashboard where you can see how much money candidates and committees have raised and who made the donations. Expect a breakdown and some takeaways. [Arcgis/Phila Gov]
- School district officials requested $315 million in new funding from the city in a tense meeting with the City Council. The request for free parking for teachers illustrates the atmosphere – “God bless you with that,” Council President Clark said. [Inquirer$/Metro]
- Graduate students at Temple are on strike, with the TUGSA union saying its 750 members have been negotiating for a year for better wages and benefits. The average graduate student makes $19.5 thousand a year, according to the union. [6ABC/TUGSA]
- Sixers coach Doc Rivers and star James Harden play themselves in promotion for M Night Shyamalan’s “Knock at the Cabin,” which was filmed in South Jersey, opens in theaters Friday. [@MNightShyamalan/PhillyVoice]
Gun Violence Prevention Weekly Brief (with PCGVR)
We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Gun Violence Reporting Center.
According to the numbers in Philadelphia
- 25: The shooting victims have been recorded last weekagainst 37 the previous week. [City Controller via @PCGVR]
- 135: Shooting victims this year so far, down 29% from this time last year. [PCGVR]
- 29: Year-to-date homicides, down 33% from last year’s pace but up 53% from five years ago [Philly Police]
WATCH THE MAYOR: February 1, 2023
Nothing on the public schedule for Philly’s 99th mayor, who said he would spare no expense on potential Eagles Super Bowl parade: ‘We’re gonna blow the doors off.’
IN THE CALENDAR
🎨 Four former Philadelphia art students put on a “Language of Color” show at Space 1026 Gallery on North Broad, and their First Friday opening reception includes refreshments. (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 3)
💃 Swifties can lip-sync, snap photos on the photo wall, and win costume contest prizes at “Long Live,” a Taylor Swift-inspired dance party at City Winery. Advance tickets are $15. (10 p.m. Saturday, February 4)