In the Child Welfare System, Black Families Should Matter

Built to err on the side of caution for kids, the child welfare system often manifests as a punitive and intrusive force, particularly toward Black families, who are statistically more likely to be referred for investigations and more likely to have their kids taken into foster care when compared to white families. As a result, reformers and abolitionists are demanding that the system be reformed, even wholly reimagined. They frame this cause in the language of the Black Lives Matter movement — a cry to preserve Black families against a system built to separate them. | From: Next City (Read more.)


Philly City Council cites density concerns with ‘granny flats’

Known as “accessory dwelling units” in zoning-speak, City Council previously loosened codes to encourage these apartments in historically designated buildings in order to make redevelopment more feasible. In February, with guidance from the city’s Planning Commission, Councilmember María Quiñones-Sánchez introduced another bill allowing ADUs across the city. Quiñones-Sánchez said the idea is to preserve affordability and potentially give empty-nesters and seniors an option for an additional income source by allowing for a wider range of housing options. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)


School District of Philadelphia Offering In-Person Summer Classes, Rec Activities

The School District of Philadelphia will provide in-person and digital classes, as well as extracurricular programming, for all of its students this summer. Wednesday’s announcement from district officials means most students who opt in will be able to attend in-person summer school for the first time since 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic forced all summer programming to be digital last year. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)