New Philadelphia School District superintendent William Hite inherited a school system that’s broke and broken. If history is any guide, he’ll be run out of town before this year’s first-graders graduate from middle school. However, he could end the steady turnover and constant failure if he just does a few things well:
The race for the White House will soon kick into high gear, and it's amazing to me that Mitt Romney is even close in the polls, let alone could win. He has run a lackluster campaign and comes across as a phony, duplicitous, flip-flopping hypocrite. Though he does have nice hair.
One of the big problems that has plagued Philadelphia for decades has been its lack of strong and competent leadership. The city is known as a "go-along-to-get-along" place.
Those who push hardest for change are often run out of town or get frustrated by the lack of progress and give up. The lack of corporate headquarters in the city has resulted in a power vacuum that is often filled by a one-party political class lacking in the vision or ability to solve the big issues of the day. The result is a city in decline as entrenched interests fight over a shrinking pie.
The Philadelphia School District has narrowed its nationwide search for a superintendent to two men. One is unproven, the other is uninspiring. Both come with red flags. That’s why the School Reform Commission should keep looking. The School District can’t settle for average or worse. It needs a stud who has what it takes to transform a failing and bankrupt school system in need of a major overhaul.
Mayor Nutter and City Council are being lauded for their effort to overhaul the outmoded property tax system. While the stated goal of making property taxes fair and equitable makes sense, be careful what you wish for. It is entirely possible that the property tax overhaul could take things from bad to worse.
With a new advertising blitz and a new $2.4 billion casino, Atlantic City was betting on a comeback this summer. Instead, the stabbing deaths of two tourists in broad daylight last week outside of the Bally’s casino underscored the seedy side of Atlantic City that officials like to gloss over. (Disclosure: I edit an anti-gambling blog.)
In an effort to reassure tourists that it was safe to go back into the casinos, Governor Chris Christie came to town and drank a beer at the Irish Pub. Keep drinking, guv. The problems of Atlantic City are big and deep, and can’t be fixed by a new slogan and another casino.
I have never watched America’s Got Talent before, but I tuned in this week just to see the show’s newest judge, shock jock Howard Stern. Here’s the short take: Stern has gone softer than the Pillsbury Doughboy.
The show promoted the longtime radio personality as a bad boy, complete with a video montage set to the Rolling Stones hit “Sympathy for the Devil.” But he’s mostly a cheerleader.