Mayor Nutter Opens Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition

Philadelphia, September 17, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Fall 2014 Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Greater Philadelphia region. Following the success of the first-ever Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition last spring, the Fall 2014 competition asks local students to offer innovative and impactful proposals in response to the question: What can the City of Philadelphia do to prevent the greatest number of students from dropping out of high school?

“The goal of the Public Policy Case Competition is to inspire our local higher education students to consider their role in the Philadelphia community beyond their school, and what they can do to make the city a better place to live, work and visit,” said Mayor Nutter. “This competition encourages students to be invested in Philadelphia and to develop creative solutions to our city’s greatest challenges. Participating in this competition is an opportunity for students to experience public policy making. I would advise students to think outside the box and to offer new and innovative ways to address the complex challenge of addressing our high school dropout rate. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to truly get involved in Philadelphia public policy.”

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 17th by 5PM. Requests for further information, including the prompt, submission guidelines and procedure can be directed to policy@phila.gov.

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education will select four finalists from the proposals. The four finalists will present before a panel of judges in City Hall on Friday, November 7th, which will be followed by a reception. The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Philadelphia 76ers game in the Mayor’s box. All four teams that advance to the final round will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.

“As a member of the judging panel for this competition last Spring, I was very impressed with the caliber of proposals we received from students” said Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly. “Campus Philly knows first-hand how creative and thoughtful the students on our local campuses are and we look forward to hearing their plans and recommendations for how to prevent students from dropping out of high school.”

Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy, Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, stated, “Hosting the case competition serves the dual purpose of soliciting new and creative proposals that can positively impact our city, while also opening the doors of City Hall to engage local students who are committed to public service.”

The Judging Panel for the Fall 2014 Case Competition is:

  • Dr. William Hite, Superintendent, Philadelphia School District;
  • Dr. Elliot Weinbaum, Program Director for Education Funding, William Penn Foundation;
  • Simran Sidhu, Executive Director, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School;
  • Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Mayor’s Office of Education;
  • Deborah Diamond, Executive Director, Campus Philly; and
  • Jamal Johnson, a 2014 graduate of YouthBuild and current student at Pierce College.

The case competition is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination and the Mayor’s Office of Education and is co-sponsored by Campus Philly.

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