Broke in Philly

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The district says the interactive tool will help inform the public on how it is managing aging infrastructure.
“We are trying to physically transform everyday spaces in Philadelphia and families’ experience of raising a reader.”
Under the lottery system, some high-achieving students have been wait-listed at all their choices, causing some parents to complain.
Research shows that more spending, if properly targeted, improves achievement for traditionally underserved students
At fair school funding trial, Noe Ortega says the state cannot reach its goals for post-secondary enrollment and completion without investing more in K-12 education.
In school-funding trial, Philly superintendent said a lack of resources is the main reason that more Philadelphia students do not achieve academically at high levels.
After the death of a student to COVID-19 and amid a surge in cases, Philadelphia education leaders want to return to remote learning or implement tougher health protocols for schools.
Philadelphia’s overall public school enrollment dipped by about 4,300 students.
“My No. 1 goal is to develop positive racial identities in my students,” ninth grade African American History teacher Abigail Henry said
Attorneys for school districts seeking to change Pennsylvania’s funding system argue that thousands of students are being denied a quality education because of inequitable distribution of funds.
Advocates have been trying for years to get judges to intervene in a political stalemate over how much state money should be spent on education and how that money should be distributed among districts.
Philadelphia is moving to centralize admissions to selective schools and making it more dependent on lottery.
Two district-run schools and two charter schools in Philadelphia have temporarily closed because of COVID cases in the two weeks since schools opened.
Our school is facing devastating enrollment declines, COVID losses, and other trauma. We know our educators have an important role to play.
As summer break wanes, district leaders are using billboards, open houses, a back-to-school bus tour, and social media ads to bring students back to school after a tumultuous year.
Parents have been active on social media expressing interest in the virtual academy. Deadline for families to sign up is Friday.
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