For much of the past year, I have given serious consideration to another run for Mayor.
I’ve run three times. I have always wanted to serve as Mayor because I felt strongly that I could and would make an important contribution to the future of my city through my leadership, ideas and through collaborations with others.
However, I have concluded that another run is not right for me today.
In the past I felt a powerful desire to serve in this role.
But to pursue the Mayoralty of Philadelphia demands a burning passion for the job. I had that passion in the past. I recognize the difference today.
It takes much more than a sense of civic commitment and respo...
Introduction. For far too long, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (“L&I”) has been an embarrassment, mired in crisis management, and the subject of endless studies, transition reports, special commissions and grand juries. The results? In many ways, L&I is as weak and ineffective today as it was in the early 1950’s when a new Home Rule Charter was implemented to professionalize and codify the functions of this department, following a long history of political corruption and dysfunctionality.
The City Charter did not proscribe or empower L&I to be an economic development agency. And in no context, was L&I envisioned being...
"I support trying everything we can to help every student we can help. I support vouchers and charter schools because they will help some students get a better education. I also support reforms to improve education in the public school system as a whole." Click here for the full article.
As you observed, this was a position I took 16 years ago. "Trying everything" seemed prudent at a moment when nothing was working that well.
For me, vouchers are off the table. They are a distraction. Moreover, they will clearly divert resources and attention away from public schools at a moment of critical need for both.
For decades, Philadelphia’s public school system has confronted a massive resource gap. Services, programs, staffing and educational supports afforded students in wealthier school districts have often not been available to students who attend Philadelphia public schools. SRC Commissioner Bill Green recently observed, "the fundamental problem with the district is that we can’t get anyone to invest in us, because we can’t get anyone to believe that if they give us the money, we will be successful. That seems to be the number one impediment to resources.” From my perspective, this assessment is absolutely correct.