5 stories to follow: Jan. 17

City Councilman Bill Green is expected to be named chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )

Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend:

1. New SRC chairman; Corbett in Philly: There's a flurry of major education news on tap today. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to nominate City Councilman Bill Green as the new chairman of the School Reform Commission today. And the governor will be in Philadelphia, where is set to appear at Central High School -- a stop expected to draw protesters -- to present achievement awards. In other schools news, Corbett is planning to propose hundreds of millions of dollars in new education funding next month, and three Philadelphia principals have been fired in a widespread cheating scandal that has now implicated 138 educators across district, with further investigations and disciplinary actions expected.

2. PATCO delays: PATCO is beginning a two-year, $103-million track-replacement project on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on Saturday, with major delays (especially on Mondays and Fridays) expected during the project's duration.

3. Obama's NSA speech: President Barack Obama will address the National Security Agency's phone and Internet data-collection methods in a speech this morning, and will detail changes to the surveillance programs.

4. New officer gets cousin's badge: Gregory Kravitz will be one of the Philadelphia Police Academy's new graduates today -- and he will receive the formerly retired badge number that belonged to his cousin, Officer Gennaro "Gerry" Pellegrini Jr., who was the first Philadelphia officer to die while serving in the Iraq War.

5. Christie meets GOP donors: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will face major Republican donors for the first time since the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal burst open today, when he heads to Florida this weekend for fundraisers for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. It's the first out-of-state trip for Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, since a top aide and appointee were linked to the closures.