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elcome to the “UC Review” and “Weekly Press’s” Crime Statistics & Crime Report Updates. If you have any crimes to report, please send them to N.C. at newsdesk@pressreview.net by press time, Monday at noon.


3rd DISTRICT: If anyone has


information regarding any of the reported incidents, please call South Detective Division at 215-686-3013 or submit a tip. Reporting 3rd


district crimes


from Delaware Ave to Broad St. and Lombard St. through Washington Ave.) Aggravated Assaults: none reported. Robbery: none reported. Burglary: 600 Pierce St; 400 McKean St. Theft: 700 S. 9th


St.


Theft from Auto: 600 Carpenter St; 700 League St; 1100 S. 11th


St; 1500 S. 8th


St; 600 Reed St. Stolen Auto: 700 Montrose St; 300 Reed St; 1800 S. Broad St.


6th DISTRICT: If anyone has


information regarding any of the reported incidents, please call the 6th


District at


215-686-3060. Reporting 6th District Crimes from Front and South to Broad to Front and Market Streets. Aggravated Assault: none reported. Burglary: none reported. Robbery: 900 Market St. Theft: 200 S. Broad St; 11th & Arch St; 1300 Lombard St.


Theft from Auto: 600 Pine St; 300 Arch St; 200 S. 12th St.


DISTRICT: Anyone who wants to report a crime: 215-686-3090. District covers Lombard St. to Poplar St., Broad St. to the Schuylkill River Aggravated Assault: 800 Broad St. Robbery: 1700 JFK; 200 S. 20th


Stolen Auto: 200 S. 12th 9th


St.


Burglary: none reported. Theft: 2200 Pkwy. Theft from Auto: 2100 Sansom St; 20th St; 23rd


& Walnut St; 2200


Lombard St. Stolen Auto: 2100 Chestnut St.


DISTRICT: To Report a Crime to the 12th


12th District:


215-686-1320. The 12th District Covers Southwest Philly bounded by Grays Ferry Ave at 50th


St. to Woodland Ave at 70th St.


Aggravated Assault: 2500 Massey St (firearm). Robbery: 2500 S. 67th


St.


Burglary: 2100 Gould St; 6100 Elmwood Ave; 2200 S. 68th


St.


Theft: 6900 Woodland Ave.


Thefts from Auto: 2300 S. 63rd


St. & Market St.


Stolen Auto: 2200 Shields St; 2600 S. Robinson St.


16th


DISTIRCT: To report a crime to the 16th


215-686-3160. The 16th District covers 33rd


and


Powelton Ave to 34th and Girard Ave to 52nd Baltimore Ave.


St. &


Aggravated Assault: 800 N. 42nd


Robbery: 4100 Pennsgrove St (firearm); 3800 Pennsgrove St (firearm). Burglary: none reported. Theft: 3100 Spring Garden St.


Theft from Auto: none. Stolen Auto: 3300 Mt. Vernon St. Rape: 4100 Brown St.


17th


District: To report a crime to the 17th


Police


Police District covers Lombard St to Moore St. and Broad St. to the Schuylkill River Aggravated Assault: none reported. Robbery: 1900 Annin St. Burglary: 2100 Federal St; 1400 S. Colorado St. Theft: 2200 Christian St. Theft from Auto: 2100 Titan St.


District: 215-686-3170. The 17th


Stolen Auto: 1700 Dickenson St.


UPENN PUBLIC SAFETY and 18th


DISTRICT: To


report a crime to Penn Public Safety: 215-898-7297. Covers UCD boundaries: Baltimore Ave to Lancaster Ave, 30th


Street to 50th St.


Aggravated Assault: none reported. Robbery: 4500 Pine St (firearm); 300 S. 50th


St;


4800 Market St. Burglary: 200 Buckingham Pl; Warren & Filbert St. Theft: 4200 Walnut St; 38th & Chestnut St. Theft from Auto: 1000 S. 47th


District:


On the fundraising efforts to repair the playground at the Penn Alexander School Dear Neighbors,


I


am proud to announce that the PAS Playground Collaborative has ex-


ceeded our year-end goal of raising $7,000 to repair the broken equipment at the PAS Playground! This will not only allow us to fix the broken parts in the short


term, but will also allow us to begin to turn our atten- tion to the larger, long-term goal of replacing all the ag- ing equipment in the next several years.


On behalf of the whole Collaborative, I would like to thank the dozens of com- munity members who have


made contributions to this project to held us achieve this goal. And in particu- lar, I would like to thank and acknowledge Campus Apartments for making a very generous, matching contribution that brought us all the way up to the $7000 target.


UNCF Statement on Department of Education’s College Ratings Proposal


W


ASHINGTON (December 19, 2014) – The U.S.


Department of Education released a far-reaching, controversial and complex framework for rating over 4,000 degree-granting col- leges and universities in America, including the 37 UNCF-member historically black colleges and univer- sities (HBCUs). UNCF is pleased that the Obama Administration is soliciting additional public input, but we are concerned about the implications of a federal rat- ings system for students and schools. A poorly designed ratings system will do more harm than good, penalizing both institutions and the students they serve if the ratings are not fair, accurate, and meaningful.


UNCF will evaluate this


proposal based on whether it fulfills President Obama’s pledge to create a ratings system which will “increase, not decrease, the opportuni- ties in higher education for students who face economic or other disadvantages.” Further, Secretary of Edu- cation Arne Duncan has advised HBCU presidents that the ratings system “will take account of the degree of difficulty that many insti- tutions, including HBCUs, face in educating significant numbers of under-prepared, disadvantaged students.” Unfortunately, a prelimi-


nary review suggests that even after public hearings, substantive feedback from hundreds of organizations, and sixteen months of work to flesh out the details of the ratings system, the Educa- tion Department is coming up short on its promises. Based on our initial re-


St; 4600 Chester Ave; 4100 Locust St; 100 S. 38th St. 3600 Ludlow St. Stolen Auto: 200 S. Melville St.


view, UNCF has a number of concerns on which we hope to work with the Edu- cation Department going forward, including the fol- lowing issues: • Simplicity is important,


but not if it misleads stu- dents into selecting institu- tions that will not maximize their chances for success. • Some of the proposed metrics could undermine the goal of serving more low-income students. UNCF applauds the inclusion of metrics aimed at promoting college access for under- represented students. But, we question the use of other metrics that could under- mine this same goal. For example, institutional graduation rates are greatly influenced by the selectiv- ity of the institution and socioeconomic characteris- tics of its students. Highly selective institutions with relatively few low-income students have high gradua- tion rates. Without account- ing sufficiently for financial and other obstacles that can derail or disrupt the ability of low-income students to complete their education in a timely fashion, raw gradu- ation rates will not provide a valid or reliable assess- ment of the value provided by institutions. Controlled comparisons find that HB- CUs outperform non-HBCU institutions in retaining and graduating African- American students, after accounting for the socioeco- nomic status and academic preparation of enrolled students. None of these important determinants of success are adequately reflected in the ratings met- rics announced today. We appreciate, however, the Department’s willingness to consider how student and institutional characteristics impact outcomes. • Loan repayment rates do not define the success of a college and are outside of institutional control. “Loan performance outcomes” such as cohort default rates being considered under the federal ratings system do not take into account the fact that colleges and


universities do not control whether students repay their loans, who receives federal loans, and how much students borrow. The federal government controls these factors. • The initial use of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data will paint an inaccurate picture of HBCUs and many other schools. Currently, IPEDS data, as acknowledged by the Department, only looks at full-time, first-time un- dergraduates, and fails to capture those that transfer or stop and start their edu- cational careers at multiple universities, sometimes over long periods of time. It simply is not fair to any- one in the higher education community to use data that everyone involved in the system knows is inaccurate from the very start. • The data collection


requirements could be tre- mendously burdensome to institutions and hard to administer. Furthermore, many of the metrics are duplicative of one another and other current require- ments, and some could be construed as an attempt to impose, through back-door methods, some current de- partment regulations where they do not currently apply. In the weeks ahead,


UNCF, other college access organizations, researchers, and the country’s colleges and universities will care- fully examine the ratings proposals put forth by the Obama Administration and make suggestions to improve them. Even so, educators and policymakers would be better served by spending their time concen- trating on the resources and supports that low-income students truly need to achieve better futures. UNCF will continue to push the Obama Admin- istration and the Congress


I hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday sea- son. I am looking forward to seeing you and your children on the newly refur- bished playground in the spring!


Best regards, Eric Santoro


SHCA, Education Chair


to dramatically increase in- vestments in the Pell Grant Program, notify students earlier about their eligibil- ity for federal financial aid, reduce the complexity of federal student financial aid programs and process, and expand income-based stu- dent loan repayment to all students and parents who borrow federal education loans.


Over our 70-year history,


UNCF, the nation’s largest minority education orga-


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