Community and Family

Krasner, Philly Dems rally for Pa. school funding boost as way to curb gun violence

Wolf is calling for a $1.35 billion increase to the state’s main pot of K-12 education funding. The increase would allow him to redistribute the entire basic education subsidy through a formula based on school and student needs without negatively affecting any school district in the state. Currently, only 11% of Pennsylvania’s $6.8 billion basic education subsidy is distributed via that formula. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Community and Family

Kensington arts center below Somerset Station closing for good

After four years providing an arts sanctuary in a neighborhood battling opioid use and homelessness, the Kensington Storefront has closed its doors for good. Mural Arts, which ran the center in partnership with the city, attributed the shutdown to “a perfect storm of zoning restrictions and COVID.” Though virtual programming will continue, and a search for a replacement space is underway, the loss is causing grief among the community, which had come to depend on it as a beacon of hope. From: Billy Penn (Read more.)