Just over 80 percent of Upper Darby Education Association members voted to reject the board's latest proposal which would have boosted teacher pay by almost 3 percent over the next four years – not nearly enough, union leaders argued, to stop the flight of the most highly trained educators to other, affluent nearby districts.
The inspiration is a 2014 finding by the city Controller's Office that $5.3 billion is spent annually on goods and services by the city's 34 universities and hospitals, with just $2.7 billion of it from businesses located in Philadelphia.
"I remember thinking, 'These kids go to school in places that look like prisons, that look like barracks,'" said Jane Golden. "Our kids deserve to be in beautiful learning environments, and it has so much power if kids can see their thoughts and ideas on a large scale, permanently."
Dr. Parker was an admissions officer at Vassar College when he realized there were students who had never thought of themselves as college material. "It sparked my interest in the community-college concept," he said.
Seth Frotman is launching a new nonprofit, the Student Borrower Protection Center, with two other former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials to take on the nation's bureaucratic student-loan complex.