Bellevue Bulletin 11/22/2019
By Kristina D’Amico
Welcome back! We’re a week away from Thanksgiving, so power through this Friday and read about all of the exciting things that happened this past week!
First up in news from both Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania – with the nation’s lowest rate of teachers of color, Pennsylvania officials on Wednesday announced a program that will train and recruit a more diverse force of educators, with the intention of ending the teacher shortage in the state. Aspiring to Educate will provide free or reduced tuition costs at colleges like Temple, Drexel, West Chester, and Community College of Philadelphia, including mentoring support for students. The program will also provide current Philadelphia School District seniors and juniors with the option to take courses for college credit, with the intention of helping them gain the knowledge needed to work in the educational field. Read more about the program here.
In another piece of exciting news, the National Geographic has named Philadelphia the top U.S. city to visit in 2020! The City of Brotherly Love is one of the 25 must-visit destinations in the world in 2020, according to a phenomenal new write-up in National Geographic Traveler that hits newsstands on Friday, November 29. (via UWISHUNU Philadelphia) The write-up mentions things like art and food being the drawing points of the city, as well as the historic experience being one to check out. We’d have to agree – we love Philly!
In City Council this week, Councilmember Taubenberger had a resolution recognizing 127th years of Thanksgiving football games between the Northeast High School Vikings and the Central High School Lancers, the longest-running football rivalry between public high schools in the country. City Council also introduced legislation to impact the city’s real estate tax abatement by imposing a “phase-down” approach to reduce the abatement by 10 percent annual increments over 10 consecutive years. The proposal focuses exclusively on the construction of new residential dwellings on vacant land. (Via City Council)
That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out our newest podcast episodes and follow us on Twitter @PhillyAdvocates. Until next time!