Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Don't go, Paul!

Philadelphia students cannot afford to lose Paul Vallas, a man who combines high expectations of students with actual methods of helping them meet them. As smart as David Hornbeck, but with so much more political savvy and skill (ie, I doubt he will call State Reps racist), Vallas has, in my mind at least, been a wonderful CEO of Philly public schools.

Why am I saying all of this? Because apparently, according to The Inquirer, there is some movement in Illinois to draft Vallas to run for Governor:
The brother of Philadelphia schools chief Paul Vallas is leading a campaign to change residency requirements in Illinois, which would give Vallas the option of returning and running for governor in 2006.

The report detailed in yesterday's Chicago Tribune comes one day after Vallas said that he plans to finish out his five-year contract, which expires in July 2007, and that he would like to stay even longer. Vallas' comments were made in response to speculation that he was preparing to leave - rumors fueled in part by efforts in Chicago to get him to return.

Yesterday, Vallas said his comments stand, regardless of his brother Dean's involvement.
However, I will just take Vallas at his word when he says:
"I'm not going anywhere," Vallas, 51, who earns $225,000, said in Monday's interview. "I'm going to honor my contract. I've got to make this work."
We simply cannot afford to lose Vallas, so I hope he is honest about that.


At 1:50 PM, Blogger penningtonjeff said...

Vallas has to stay if Philly is to ever achieve economic success. The decision of 'private school' vs. 'move to Lower Merion' drives the vast majority of people with the means to live in LM or another inner-ring suburb out of the city. We take our tax dollars with us, weakening Philly further. The hope that 'empty nesters' will fill the void we leave is hollow as long as the city relies on the wage tax - retirees earn no wages! We would dearly love to stay in the city and participate in the revitalization of its neighborhoods, but with real estate prices rivaling those in LM, private school tuition is not an option.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger young_philadelphian said...

Anyone familiar with the charter school Microsoft wants to sponsor in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has been changing for a long time now. Overall crime is down, trash is gone, charter schools popping up everywhere, property values skyrocketing, top of the line entertainment venues, tax cuts from the city, Philadelphia is in the top 20 or so in America for best cities to do business in, war memorials for veterans, highrises and office towers popping up everywhere, local neighborhoods rejuvenating themselves, the best restaurant city in America, and on.

As far as the empty nesters (young professionals, students, and gays mainly with a twist of older professionals) spoken about, they seem to be the ones throwing down the money to live here and leading the way in changing Philadelphia from Center City out so I think what history will write is how the people who left the city back in the day for the burbs thought they could win by starving the city, thus creating the chaos and poverty that exists today in some areas--potentially being responsible for thousands of deaths, homeless cases, children starving, and children not being educated over the years? Is that what is being boasted here?

Philadelphia has gone international and cosmopolitan and caters to a different crowd now than the bow tie wearing tacky genre of the burbs. We have so much culture in our outerlying neighborhoods all tied together by Center City. You're the ones missing out, and do you have the means to live in Center City Philadelphia? You know, most residential properties are approaching the value of half a million or more on average.

The only complaint there is to have about Philadelphia is the condition of the roads--everything else is normal city action on the radar. And if you can't make friends make a friend in the city.

You could complain about north and west Philadelphia also, but all I have to say about that is those portions of the city seem to be who a pandering politician who promises to seek the death penalty less (encouraging more violent crime) and stop prosecuting insurance fraud is only looking to represent--but we're all in this together, right?

NEW IDEA: Suburban residents of Philadelphia worry about suburban Philadelphia.

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Microsoft is not looking at opening a charter school in Philadelphia.

Microsoft is working with the School District of Philadelphia to open what has been dubbed at "hi-tech" high school. (the school doesn't have a formal name yet).

Ground has been broken for the school (it will be located in West Philadelphia, near the Philadelphia Zoo) and it should be open in the next few years.

It wll be a Philadelphia public school, not a charter school


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