Flashpoint: Privilege vs preference in college admissions scam, first woman to lead Philly prisons and vision 2020

Flashpoint
March 24, 2019 - 9:48 am
On Flashpoint: Vision 2020's Kathleen McFadden(L) and Alison Nolan (R)  discuss an event later this month and what's to come in 2020.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the aftermath of the college admissions scandal. Dozens of celebrities, high paid CEOs and other wealthy parents were indicted this month for bribing college officials to get their kids into elite colleges. But who is the real victim?

The scandal has been fuel for proponent of affirmative action to point to the scandal, as well as legacy and other admissions programs that give preference to children of wealthy donors. We walk through the flames of the impact of the college admissions program will have on affirmative action programs, how it could impact parents and the anxiety levels already inherent in the closed door process of college admissions.

Farah Jimenez, CEO of Philadelphia Education Fund joins Rodney Muhammad, president of the Philadelphia NAACP; Kimberley Lewis, outreach and engagement director at Philadelphia Futures and Esther Flavien, a first generation college student who is a junior at Lafayette College.

Farah Jimenez, CEO of Philadelphia Education Fund joins Rodney Muhammad, president of the Philadelphia NAACP; Kimberly Lewis, outreach and engagement director at Philadelphia Futures and Ester Flavia, a first generation college student who is a junior at
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The Flashpoint newsmaker of the week is the Blanche Carney, commissioner of Philadelphia Prisons Department. Carney is the first woman to lead Philadelphia's prisons. She has played a critical road in implementing the McArthur Grant initiative, which has decreased the city’s prison population by more than 40 percent.

But Carney came in with some controversy because of her unusual approach to corrections. She lays out her focus, why it worked and what's on the horizon for the Philadelphia Prisons Department.  

Blanche Carney, commissioner of Philadelphia Prisons Department, is the first woman to lead Philadelphia's prisons.
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Our changemaker of the week is Vision 2020, a national coalition that wants to ensure that equality for women exists across America. Housed at Drexel University, the group is working to make a big splash during the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Executive Director Alison Nolan and Communications Director Kathleen McFadden discuss an event later this month and what's to come in 2020. More here

For future college goers, here are some resources:

Philadelphia Education Fund: Facebook ; Twitter

Upcoming events: For those who want to learn more on efforts to improve rates of college completion, they can join us at this event

Philadelphia Futures:

Website: https://www.philadelphiafutures.org/

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