Young Philly Politics - Comments for "The new &amp;quot;philanthropy&amp;quot;: Private money shaping public policy in Philadelphia&amp;#039;s education reform" Comments for "The new "philanthropy": Private money shaping public policy in Philadelphia's education reform" en Understandable, But A Shame <p>The arrival of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media have been tough competition for blogs and blog hosts such as this everywhere. There is a limit to how much time people have for social media, and the professional social media have all sorts of features that Young Philly Politics and others on similar platforms cannot match. </p> <p>But Young Philly Politics is both internet searchable and has space for extended discussions, features that Facebook (little Internet searchability of content) Twitter (limited space for discussion) and so forth lack. Quantcast estimated at one point (I think it was December, 2008) that Young Philly Politics had about 10,000 readers and was the leading site of its kind in Philadelphia. Shortly afterwards, around, June, 2009, the site that Young Philly Politics had eclipsed, Phillyblog, closed down.</p> <p>Further, as time went on, the young people who established this became more engaged in their careers, and many of the obvious targets of discontent left office. Michael Nutter as Mayor, Seth Williams as District Attorney and Barack Obama as President provide hope that their predecessors did not. Tom Corbett's policies are the main target for discontent nowadays: hopefully he will be leaving office soon.</p> <p>Dan Urevick-Acklesberg and Ray Murphy deserve a lot of credit for establishing Young Philly Politics in 2005 or so. Philadelphia is a better place because of their efforts. Their efforts are an important model for anyone who would consider emulating them. Young Philly Politics brought some people together, and sometimes good things happened as a result. The successful legal suit to stop the closing of Free Library Branches, led by Irv Acklesberg and assisted by Sherrie Cohen, is a prime example of what collaboration can produce: the Library branches are still open 5 years later. Beyond the law suit, Young Philly Politics contributors gave extensive coverage to the political battles over the libraries, and helped build the consensus that has maintained the libraries.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:44:05 +0000 RepMarkBCohen comment 38412 at I believe this is a retired blog <p>From what I understand this blog is, in fact, being retired. We should hear about it officially soon.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:09:22 +0000 Stan Shapiro comment 38411 at Interactive Video and Gun Violence <p>I was unable to post a blog on Interactive Video and Gun Violence, for the killers of Norway youth camp, a French Orthodox school and the almost anorexic kid in Connecticut with no time to eat between being glued to CALL OF DUTY, This violent video became their entire lives.</p> <p>I noticed no new posts on Young Philly Politics I hope this isn't a retired blog.</p> <p>></p> <p>></p> <p>When I try to post a new blog entry then I get an error message jus under View Edit </p> <p>A red line with the following message:<br /> The directory files / images is not writable</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:33:02 +0000 RichardKanePA comment 38410 at See above <p>I hope Dan can take care of this.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:59:28 +0000 Stan Shapiro comment 38409 at I'm not the webmaster and I'm fine <p>Thanks for your concern about my health, Richard, but if you can't post, it's not because of my health. I'm fine. But, in addition, I'm not the webmaster; that's Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg. Hopefully he's reading this and can take care of the problem. I will also email him after I do a test later today.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:58:46 +0000 Stan Shapiro comment 38408 at Unable to post <p>Hi,</p> <p>I was unable to post today at Young Philly Politics. I hope that everything is OK.</p> <p>Chris Lilienthal<br /> PA Budget and Policy Center</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:04:13 +0000 comment 38407 at There are no new comments from anyone this year and I can't post <p>I hope Stan Sharpo is not sick or something</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:35:52 +0000 RichardKanePA comment 38406 at There are no new comments from anyone this year and I can't post <p>I hope that stan Sharpio is not sick or something </p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:34:35 +0000 RichardKanePA comment 38405 at Ravitch nails it <p>It's nice to see a longer piece about Diane where it more fully expresses her evolution and reasoning and by extension a more thoughtful analysis around the education reform struggle than simply labeling "resisters" as defenders of the status quo.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 17:31:28 +0000 HelenGym comment 38403 at The ouster of Nowak is good <p>The ouster of Nowak is good news for supporters of public education. Thanks for the role you and Parents United for Public Education (in all probability) played in this.</p> <p>There’s an interesting article about Diane Ravitch in Nov. 19 New Yorker and her change of heart on charter schools:</p> <blockquote><p> She has barnstormed across the country giving speeches berating the reform movement, which, in addition to test-based “accountability,” also supports school choice and charter schools … which she calls a “privatization” movement... </p> <p>Ravitch argues that the reform movement is driven by an exaggerated negative critique of the schools, and that it is mistakenly imposing a free-market ethos of competition on an institution that, if it is to function well, requires coö peration, sharing, and mentoring. Before she opposed the reform movement, Ravitch advocated for it: for years, she supported many reform goals, but now that the ideas she championed have taken effect she is dismayed by the results and has disavowed her previous positions. Her disillusionment has been slow and painful and has ended some old friendships. Today, Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, describes Ravitch as “the intellectual leader—and the intellectual soul—of the resistance to reform.”</p></blockquote> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 14:26:29 +0000 kbojar comment 38400 at