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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.
“It’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. ).
🎸 Billy Penn Event: We’re hosting a music show at The Fire, the woman-owned indie music venue and bar on Girard Avenue. Come hang out at our table listening to local bands with sounds ranging from blues-rock to surf-goth. Tickets are $15 and a portion of sales benefits BP journalism. (8 pm to midnight, Wednesday, June 1)
🌺 At a party in South Philadelphia with live music, free food and Indonesian dance, artist José Ortiz-Pagán presents “La Sombrilla”, a self-sufficient planter that will combat the urban heat. (12:00 p.m. Saturday May 21)
🍺 The Made On American Street Beer, Cider & Music Festival does exactly what it says on the tin, bringing all of those things to the rejuvenated Kensington corridor. Tickets start at $40. (1 to 5 pm Saturday May 21)