Penn pledges $100M to Philadelphia amid local tax debate | 11/18/2020

Penn pledges $100M to Philadelphia amid local tax debate | Inside Higher Ed

In a press release, Philadelphia Jobs With Justice — an advocacy group made up of labor unions and student, community and faith groups — commended Penn for the contribution but said that chronic underfunding of Philadelphia’s public schools can’t be solved with one-time gifts. It also specifically called upon other private nonprofit universities in the city to do more.

University of Penn pledges $100 million to School District of Philadelphia | 11/17/2020

University of Penn pledges $100 million to School District of Philadelphia | Philadelphia Tribune

The University of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it will pledge $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia, making the private contribution the largest in the School District’s history. Penn’s $100 million contribution to the District will be $10 million annually for 10 years. The money will be used to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead in the public school buildings.

Penn pledges $100 million to Philadelphia Public Schools to address environmental hazards | 11/17/2020

Penn pledges $100 million to Philadelphia Public Schools to address environmental hazards | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn will contribute $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia over the next 10 years, the largest private contribution in the school district’s history. The announcement comes as the University faces widespread criticism from both students and faculty for its refusal to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes, known as PILOTs, to the city of Philadelphia.

Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia School District to help with asbestos, lead abatement | 11/17/2020

Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia School District to help with asbestos, lead abatement | Philadelphia Inquirer

The University of Pennsylvania will donate $100 million over 10 years to the Philadelphia School District to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead, the school announced Tuesday. It’s the largest private contribution to the School District in its history and comes as the district, like other organizations, is reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus.

How Drexel can lead Philly to an equitable future | 11/6/2020

How Drexel can lead Philly to an equitable future | The Triangle

Despite its massive footprint in West Philadelphia, Drexel University does not pay any property taxes on the land it occupies. Despite the fact that the university is technically a non-profit, its revenue grows every year. Other universities in Philadelphia, including the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University, are situated similarly.

Pa. schools need $4.6 billion to close education gaps between affluent and poor districts | 10/30/2020

Pa. schools need $4.6 billion to close education gaps between affluent and poor districts | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Pennsylvania’s public schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close education gaps between the most affluent and poorest schools, according to a new analysis. In recent years, members of the Penn community have called on the University to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes to support the Philadelphia School District and shrink the education gap.

Phila. Councilmember, Penn alum Helen Gym urges her alma mater to pay PILOTs amid pandemic | 10/8/2020

Phila. Councilmember, Penn alum Helen Gym urges her alma mater to pay PILOTs amid pandemic | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Second-term City Councilmember and 1993 College graduate Helen Gym, often coined Philadelphia’s “most progressive” Councilmember, has her sights set on a better vision for Philadelphia as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend millions of lives in the city.