Flashpoint: Philly's toxic schools, Controller Rhynhart's bombshell audits, and youth healers of PEC

Flashpoint
August 12, 2018 - 12:48 pm
Guests include Lee Whack, spokesman for the school district; Jerry Roseman, director at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Lisa Haver, co-founder of Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools; and Kendra Brooks, coordinator of Our City, Our Schools.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the recent renewed effort to fix Philadelphia's toxic schools. 

Philadelphia has more than 300 school facilities and with an average age of 70 years, and many are in disrepair. Scores of school buildings have toxic levels of lead paint, mold, asbestos and other unsafe conditions. Students will head back to class in the School District of Philadelphia on Aug. 27. This summer, thanks to $7.6 million in state funding and an additional $8 million in local funding, the district is in the process of dealing with toxic lead paint in more than 40 of its worst schools.  

This week, the district released its fourth report on the progress of the clean-up. Guests for this debate include Lee Whack, spokesman for the School District of Philadelphia; Jerry Roseman, director of Environmental Science and Occupational Safety and Heath for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund and Union; Lisa Haver, co-founder of Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools; and Kendra Brooks, coordinator of Our City, Our Schools and an active school district parent.

Guests include Lee Whack, spokesman for the school district; Jerry Roseman, director at the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers; Lisa Haver, co-founder of Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools; and Kendra Brooks, coordinator of Our City, Our Schools.
Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

The Newsmaker of the week is Philadelphia Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. In the seven months since she was sworn in, she's made headline exposing major failures in the city's internal accounting controls, exposing a missing $33 million. In recent weeks, she followed millions in sexual harassment pay-outs to discover major inconsistencies in the city's sexual harassment policies. Rhynhart discusses her recent reports, those to come and how's she's handling the political fallout.

City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart
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Finally, the Changemaker of the week is Youth HEALers Stand Up. At 18, youth healer Cori Dixon has overcome homelessness and insecurity to now stand tall to help others. YHSU is an initiative with People's Emergency Center that works to empower youth between the ages of 13 and 14 who experience homelessness or who are in foster care. The group is hosting a daylong workshop on Aug. 18 for youth to bring together resources that turn teens into self-advocates. 

Cori Dixon
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