Meet William R. Hite, Philadelphia’s new school superintendent. The Inquirer’s Kristen Graham profiled Hite, an educator who has served as school super in Prince George’s County, MD since 2009. Metropolis’ Tom Ferrick unpacks some of the dramatic challenges and opportunities ahead for Hite. Ferrick writes, “Hite has the capacity and the personal skills to do something Ackerman never did. He can embody hope. He has the opportunity to convince a skeptical public that the best way to serve the children is to make fundamental changes in the way we run schools. And, if we do that, the reward will be children who learn -really learn – in a caring, safe environment.”
Hidden City Daily gives Irwin T. Catharine, Philly’s great school architect, his due recounting the innovations and modernizations Catharine added to schools in the early 20th century, like bathrooms, cafeterias, and rooftop recreational spaces. As dozens more schools are slated for closure, will these fabulous assets be reused? Developers like are already eyeing Catharine’s buildings, as EOTS wrote in March Eric Blumenfeld is interested doing an arty adaptation of the Thaddeus Stephens School.
The mural of former mayor Frank Rizzo in the Italian Market was vandalized over the weekend, reports the Daily News. Ne’er-do-wells slung black paint onto Rizzo’s face and spray painted “fascista” on the mural.
Get ready to pay more to go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Adult admission will now cost $20 (instead of $16), reports the Inquirer, but will be good for two days. Starting this fall, pay what you want hours will be extended to Wednesdays from 5-9pm.
Today the Carlyle Group and Sunoco are expected to announce a deal to jointly run the Sunoco refinery in South Philly, reports the Inquirer.
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