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"nbc10@issue" starts now. >> temple beats penn state for the first time in 74 years tossing the school into the national limelight. >> coach called me. it's humbling. what do you say to the nfl coach of the year. "t today on "nbc10@issue," we'll discuss how temple plans to keep the excitement going turning a single win into something bigger. >> never felt this about the foot!all team. it's fun. >> plus, a )ecent survey finds many american adults struggle to name a single branch of government. judge marjorie rendell thinks that needs to change. she joins us. first, we begin with several
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critical issues facing philadelphia right now. welcome to "nbc10@issue." i'm keith jones. school funding, district oversight, as let's not forget the state budget, just some of the top priorities of philadelphia council president daryll clark and he joins me now in studio. thank you so much for being here. let's start with the state. we've been without a state budget for more than two months. õhow is philly affected for the constituents of philadelphia in layman's terms? >> the most talked about aspect of it is schools. the simple reality is that the schools will in fact not only in philadelphia but across the state run out of money sometime mid to late october if we don't get a state budget. we're obviously very concerned. the city has put forward approximately $100 million for this fiscal year. we're concerned, but what's not discussed at the level that probably needs to be is the providers because the state provides a lot of organizations that deliver services to regular constituents be it health care and all the other aspects of
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their situation, so we're very concerned about. >> you mentioned school.d about. let's talk about schools. you have said that you're concerned with a series of hires. you're suggesting that certain administrative hires may be at the expense of some students, the superintendent is suggesting that those are essential hires. what does the disagreement "tp)ise? >> well, it started during the course of the last budget hearing, and wuq concerned, as we always are, about where the money goes. city council authorizes it, it goes out the door, we don't see it again until the next fiscal year. >> conversation centered around how this money was going to be spent. we raised upstandards of $100 million to go to school. the superintendent and his team said every dime will go to classrooms, health care, classroclasand counselors. the first public hires were a series of administrators. we didn't see the connection between the administrators and
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classrooms and health care and counselors. that's why we sent the letter we since had a conversation with dr. hight. he indicated they were essential. we will have further discussion around not only the expenditures as relates to that but some levels of oversight and better communication as we move forward. >> as it relates to that, there's a new fiscal oversight idea. critics say it might slow down the process when it comes to where funds go, how quickly they go to the places they're designated. now do you respond to those critics that it might slow down the progress that both sides want? >> i actually don't think that's the case at all. we did something very similar in the city of philadelphia close to 20 years ago when we had our fiscal challenges. state bailed us out but they required we have an oversight committee that ensures we have a balanced budget every year, and if we have to make cuts or if we have to raise taxes, we have to do that. and we're looking to impose something very similar because the school district has an annual fiscal crisis.
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we're simply saying somebody needs to get that house in order. they have a structural deficit and at this point we don't see a path towards getting out of that structural deficit. we were looking to have an entity that would deal solely with the fiscal aspects, not the operations of the school. >> council can hold back money if it deems the district is misusing the funds or using them in a way they weren't designated for. could that dynamic, are you concerned could it hurt students at all in the classroom? >> absolutely not. this year there's a $25 million allocation that we have already authorized, and we will be introducing and moving forward with a transfer ordinance. the question again centered around oversight and the expenditure of those dollars in addition to which there is a current proposal to privatize a significant number of employees that are currently at the school district. a number of council members aren't comfortable with that. there's a company that was hired to privatize individuals at the school district. they're not even close to 20%,
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25% of the threshold that they've established in terms of "t#illing positions. we're obviously concerned, and we'd like to have some level of accountability as it relates to that. >> let's talk about the mayoral race here. you endorsed jim kenney. he won the primary. if he's mayor will you jump on his team and will the quaets constituents of philadelphia see a sizable change, something significant from what we are experiencing now? >> yeah. well, i have known councilman kenney for a number of years. avenues colleague of mine for 15 years. he will be the mayor, quite confident of that. he has indicated to us and to everyone that he is going to have a partnq)ship, a full partnership, with the city council of philadelphia. we will see a different approach, i believe, based on my understanding of his history and knowing him as an individual that it wi&l be probably a more neighborhood-based approach. he ran as the block-by-block mayor and people caught onto that and they liked the fact he
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was going to address the city services on a ground level, that people can fee& in touch. i look forward to working with him on that. >> you can understand how that can appeal to a lot of people in philadelphia. something on the horizon, council is going to prepare to debate about these gender-neutral bathrooms in city buildi'gs. darrell, where do you stand on that and where do you think city >> well, i mean, we'll have a healthy debate. there's a practical issue with respect to our ability to of being able to build new rtue restrooms or to have within the framework of the budget the ability to pay for that. that's why on city council we always have a healthy debate in public and i anticipate that there will be a spirited debate about that. >> i was going to say so you imagine it's going to be a bit divided? >> i don't know. i mean, it's unclear. we have probably o'e of the more progressive cities as it relates to our ability to deal with all people. you know, we were in one of the
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first cities to come out in terms of one domestic partnership, making sure that there's opportunities for all, accessibility. we're quite a progressive city in thañ respect, and i think that that conversation will move along those lines. but at the end of the day can we convert or can we build new and bolts of what we do in city council. >> always good to have a conversation. philadelphia city county president darrell clark. thank you so much for joining us. really appreciate your time. we have a quiz for you. how many branchs of governme't are there? one, two, or three. a recent survey finds many americans don't know. we'll talk about how to change that and, of course, we'll have the answer when we come right back. ou're 50 to 85, here's a question for you:
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wq&l, if you answered three, of course, you're right. the legislative branch a congress, they make the laws. the executive branch, they carry out the laws, that's the president. and the judicial branch, the supreme court. study by the annenberg public policy center finds only one-third of adults in the u.s. can name only one of the branches of our government, and another third can't name any of them. this is a big discrepancy. i'm thrilled to welcome because of that judge marjorie rendell. she is president of the rendell center for civics and civic endangment. the judge believes there is a growing need for better civics education around the country and right here in philadelphia. judge, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you.eciate your time. >> the best place to start here is are you surprised by these results? >> unfortunately not, because the testing over the last 20 years have shown this trend and it's largely because we're not teaching civics in the schools anymore. when i went to school, civics is
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like a cat kiss m. it was part of the curriculum but it has fated away and our children are not getting our education. understandably our adults don't know because they grew up not getting this education. >> it starts reallyreally young. we start in the classrooms, start to solidify the fact that civic education is important. >> and the rendell center is focusing on grades k through 6. this is when our children are learning who they are, learning their faith, they're learning community, their manners. this is when we need to teach them. too often we focus on them at their voting age and they're distracted then. they have other things to do and they really didn't learn this when they were young. so our focus is to teach the young in class and hopefully at home as well. >> and if you can for the audience at home, what is the rendell center for civics and civic engagement? >> we are 501(c)(3) and our mission is to teach critical thinking skills, democratic
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principles, basic understanding of the constitution and our democracy to our children a'd as i said, we're focusing on k through 6 and having a wonderful time doing it. these kids are sponges. we underestimate the interest that our children have in understanding who they are and how they can be a part of our society and hear their voice and think out loud. so often the things we teach in grade school are -- it's either black or white. true or false, yes or no, and when it comes to civics and their understanding of where they fit in democracy, it's a lot of gray which is good, hearing their voice, letting them express their ideas, and giving them a pat on the back for thinking about these things. >> that's right. and you're really attacking them there at a really developmental age. >> yes. >> k through 6. my question for you is how do you involve them a little more then? how do you engage these snun students. >> well, we have a school called e.m. stanton in south philadelphia where we're trying mock trial for children, and
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we're using literacy. we're using literature, which is already part of the curriculum. one of the problems is when we try to put an add-on, the teachers already have so much going on. instead of adding something else that's civic related, we take a piece of literature, whether it's goldilocks and the three monster and we tell the children as they're going to start reading they're going to do a mock trial having to do with the conflict and what's going on in the story and they prepare this trial themselves and it comes alive. it gives that depth of understanding. so we think we're going good things and we really had a great time at e.m. stanton and we're going to ramp up the program even more next year. >> that's great. and it's familiar characters, characters they can relate to, that they're certainly familiar with. the center stresses public action. what does that mean to you, judge? >> well, hearing your voice, expressing your voice, critical thinking and doing something about it. you know, whether it's writing to your congressman or just
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taking action in your community. one of the things -- one of the books we have in our literacy library is called complaining george and it talks about how george just complained all the time, and all of a sudden one day he decided he could do something about it and had an impact. it's that sense that i think we've lost as a country. you know, people say that their vote doesn't matter. >> sure. >> and they get complacent, and yet democracy of the few is not democracy. but we have an opportunity this next thursday, constitution day -- >> the 17th of september for all of us to get back to thinking about the principles and what our founding fathers did and the country that they formed, and it's going to give an opportunity for us to stop and think and value what we have. >> and what better place for it than philadelphia, too. we just got to go into old city. really any part of philadelphia, it's so historic. what a great place to start this effort, at least now that we're watching this on tv. they see this, it's so important, and instill some
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great principle this is kids, too. center will be a hub of activity. free admission all day long. i'll be there. we have a number of judges, about a dozen judges from my courthouse that are coming over, speaking to classes, that are coming in -- >> that direct communication then for students. >> absolutely. we'll talk about the judiciary, talk about our role, answer questions thaá the kids have, and let them know that, you know, judges are people, too. they're part of the community. they are one of the three branches. >> that's right, for people at home, three of them. >> it will be an educational moment for sure. >> the civics renewal network, which is run really by the annenberg public policy center, a conglomeration of entities across the country who do civics website, they have a preamble challenge and they're encouraging classes to read the preamble of the constitution and they're going to tabulate how many classes are doing this and
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constitution on that day.he >> that sounds like a lot of fun. judge marjorie rendell, thank you so much for joining us. we're really thrilled to have you here, especially because she's a villanova law grad, too. villanova over here. next on "nbc10@issue," another philly school, an epic win. you see this, underdog temple shocks penn state. so the question now is can the university turn the excitement from one game into something bigger? we11jz about temple's director of athletics when we come right back. >> this is "nbc10@issue." ♪
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this is "nbc10@issue." >> the temple owls football team had a big win in their opening game shutting down penn stañe 27-10. it was just one game, but a game
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that broughá a lot of attention to a team that doesn't always get a lot of love. c >> reporter: the temple campus had a different kind of buzz than a normal sunday in the fall. >> it was like super bowl of our season and temple won. >> to be able to te&l our future generations, we were the freshman that saw tenmple beat penn state for the first time in 74 years. >> i can't believe it happened. >> reporter: the head coach said he had a cautious optimism while coaching the game but when it ended, he got to celebrate. players and really for temple. >> reporter: students and fans aren't the only ones congratulating their team and coach matt ruehl. so did bruce arians, the hqp" coach of the arizona cardinals. >> it's humbling. what do you say to the nfl coach of the year. i just kept saying yes, sir, thank you very much. it shows how much pride there is in temple and in temple football
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and i was happy we had a rallying moment. >> reporter: for coach ruehl, a moment, and for temple a feeling worth more than a 74-year wait. >> temple touchdown! >> joining me now is patrick )(j at temple university. >> great to be here. >> really appreciate this. >> it's not the end of the season. we're just beginning but talk about a new sagger. you said it's about time, too. you have been promising and promising and now the delivery. >> yeah. i think it was obviously -- it's been a great week. you know, we had -- i have been saying it's a magical moment. we actually beat penn state number 25 in soccer on friday. they were ranked 25th in the country. >> nobody hears about that unfortunately. >> that speaks to what this win has done. what we have been able to do is now we've gotten so many more eyes on temple. you know, temple, not only our athletics department but our institution this week went up in the u.s. news and report
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rankings. this is a great week for the university. as we've gone about this, we've used it to say, hey, look at us. look what's going on and feel this excitement. >> and certainly alumni are feeling that excitement. i'm sure you've gotten a crazy reaction from them. >> it's been -- it has been incredible to watch the reaction. so i have been here for 2 1/2 years, and i was getting emotional on the sidelines because everybody wanted it so bad. you hear -- i have heard so many great stories, in fact we're trying to capture those stories. we heard the story of a friend of ours said, hey, my grandfather is miserable. he's 80-some years old and he sat in front of that tv with the biggest smile on his face watching that game. how great is that? and that's what it's brought to our fan base and the temple nation who wanted it so bad. >> so patrick, how do you keep that momentum going? >> that's it. you know, so for us we have been saying this is where we're we've been saying that for -- since we got here. we can build this and we're going to build it and just stick with us. when we lost to fordham, we said
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stick with us. this is a process. how do we keep going? the way we keep going it gri'ding it out. i played football in college. we came into the office on tuesday, we said, okay, let's flip the page. let'j figure out what we did right, what we did wrong, and move on to the next game. that's how we focus. our fans -- no one will ever take this moment away from our fans and that's the best part about it, but we have to forge ahead. that's how you keep it going. >> how does this impact recruitment? it has to help big time. >> it helps, but it's not just footba&l recruitment. we had basketball recruits. we had volleyball recruits. there were over 75 recruits from different teams at that game to experience it, feel that energy. this is what's happening -- >> what a great advertisement. >> absolutely, right? and so what we also did was said watch us. we're on national tv at 3:30 and we had over a million people nationally watch that game and watched us at our best. they watched the students going
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crazy. the building was 70% temple fans which it had not been in years past. so really showcased us in a great light. that's what really was exciting for me about it. >> how does it impact other sports? we can talk about last year several programs were eliminated. >> yes. >> how does that impact this football season? >> well, i don't think -- that's totally separate. i think in regards to that, what we were able to do with that unrelated to football was to invest in our olys(ic sports. so as i talk about a soccer team that beat the number 25 team in the country in penn state and i take about a volleyball team who has gotten off on a roll and beat notre dame is we were able to invest. we built facilitiesúfor all of those sports teams with enhanced we are fully funded in scholarships which was not the case. we've now got academic support. our academics are through the roof. we've been able to invest there, but that's the olympic sport piece. the football and basketball, as you know, being a villanova guy, they're fine. the donors want to give to those programs. it's the olympic sports that
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don't, and that's what that allowed us to do. and no wonder we're off to a fast start. we're really rolling now in those olympic sports. and so it's a combination of all of that and when you can have a win like this, it brings people áo our website, and on our website we showcase everybody and we show everybody. this is who we are and we expet to win. no one was surprised in our building about what haq'ed. >> sure. >> we expected to go in there and win and we expect to go in and win in every contest. sometimes it doesn't work that way, right? >> of course. >> but that's our expectation. >> it's sports. speaking of football, you play lost of your games at the linc. what's the update on the newñ stadium? >> no. i think what it is is it's an opportunity -- i think right now people are exploring it. so we just -- it's not my call. if it was my call, i'd have it there in a heartbeat. we had 69,176 at the linc and we have a great relationship with them and the president has said in the next year we have to make a decision one way or the other
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and we're going to put our football team wherever it is and play games. >> patrick kraft, thank you very much. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> and best of luck this season in all the sports. >> thank you. >> let's talk about that. >> that's right. >> we'll be right back.
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