In October, The Public School Notebook won OpenDataRace, OpenDataPhilly's contest in which local nonprofit organizations nominated civic-oriented city datasets that if released would help them accomplish their missions and improve our region. Winning the contest opened up a conversation between The Notebook and the School District of Philadelphia and contributed to the release of the National Student Clearinghouse for the 2005-06 cohort.
The Spatial Consequences of Philadelphia's Shifting Enrollments: Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter has identified the rebuilding of the city's education system, along with fighting crime and violence, as the highest priorities of his second term in office. The education crisis was pushed to the top of the list of policy priorities by the turmoil surrounding the departure of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and the massive deficits in the 2011-2012 budget of the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).
Among the factors contributing to the education crisis is...
The Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project's David Bartelt, authored a report on the current impact of subprime mortgages and foreclosure rates both within the Philadelphia region and across other major metropolitan areas.
The report can be accessed on the Urban Institute's MetroTrends website: A 'report card and toolkit for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials and the public on the state of metropolitan economies.'
Recent stories in the Philadelphia Press featured comments from MPIP principal investigators. The Philadelphia Weekly spoke with David Elesh about the PA budget in relation to economic concerns for the region, and The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with David Bartelt about Philadelphia's slight upturn in population revealed by the 2010 Census.