West Philly High battles graduation slump; Remodeling of FDR Park Begins; Count of votes in close race for the Senate | morning summary

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The 4-year graduation rate at West Philly High School before the pandemic was 65%. That’s lower than the city average, but it was starting to climb.

  • So the year of remote learning. it derailed everything, educators say. Now, in some classes, more than half of the students are failing, if they show up at all.

β€œIt’s like my 10th graders are 8th graders and my 9th graders are 7th graders,” a teacher told Caroline Preston, in this deep dive from Billy Penn and The Hechinger Report.

A $250 million refurbishment of FDR Park officially began yesterday with the opening of the new welcome center.

  • The old guard house and stables At the north edge of the park will be a large cafe, a vendor patio, 14 public restrooms – a rarity in Philadelphia – and an event space overlooking a restored pond.

This part of the renovation could be ready by next year, reports Sophia Schmidt for PlanPhilly of WHYY.

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Rebuilding renovations at the Francis J. Myers Rec Center are getting a $4.5 million boost in state funding, and Mayor Kenney joins Pennsylvania Rep. Joanna Clinton in Southwest Philadelphia for the check presentation (4:30 p.m. ).

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