Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers voiced their displeasure after the School District of Philadelphia decided to move 80 schools to remote learning due to staffing shortages brought on by the COVID-19 omicron variant. Teachers instead wanted a seven-day pause to in-person learning in order to discuss mitigation efforts as the virus runs rampant through school employees.
- Amy Wax, a law professor at Penn, stated during an interview that society should fear the "danger of dominance of the Asian elite." Wax went on to say that the U.S. would be better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration. The dean of the law school condemned the comments, calling them "anti-intellectual and racist." Wax had already been disciplined for her comment that Black students never graduate at the top of the law school.
- The Philadelphia Health Department sent out a warning this week that there are rogue COVID-19 testing sites popping up throughout Center City. The goal of the sites appears to be stealing personal information, as the fake FEMA sites reportedly ask test-takers for their social security numbers and to gather money by charging people out of pocket for the tests, which legally are required to be covered by insurance.
- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sent a letter to the Washington Football Team and the NFL asking for a follow-up after a FedExField railing to the team's tunnel collapsed causing fans to fall from the stands onto the field. Hurts expressed concern about how the situation not only put himself but the fans and stadium and league employees in the area in danger. He asked that the organization and the league announce what changes are being made to stop this from happening in the future.