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Broke in Philly

Chalkbeat Philadelphia is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on solutions to poverty and economic mobility in the city. Read all our reporting here.

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I’m a Philadelphia principal. Here’s how we have prepared for a year like no other. 

Our school is facing devastating enrollment declines, COVID losses, and other trauma. We know our educators have an important role to play.

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Philadelphia district, teachers union reach tentative agreement

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Kindergarten enrollment plummeted in Philadelphia last year. District leaders are hoping for a rebound.

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Most City Council members back Philly teachers union’s call for wider student COVID testing 

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COVID safety tops Philly students’ concerns before return to school: ‘I’m a little nervous’

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32 teens died from gunfire this year in Philadelphia. The city and school district are seeking a safe path for students.

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Here’s what we know about Philadelphia’s remote school option

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Philadelphia teachers union favors vaccine mandate

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District launching citywide bus tour prior to opening of school

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Just 32% of Philadelphia third graders read on grade level. Freedom Schools Literacy Academy could be a model to change that.

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Pennsylvania court to allow some evidence of racial disparities in landmark school funding case

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More should be done to help get Black male students through college, educators say

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What’s at stake in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race? Educators say teaching race, racism in schools.

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Pennsylvania districts should use federal stimulus to improve teacher racial diversity, educators say

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District extends deadline for Philadelphia students opting to repeat a grade

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No more window fans: District unveils air and surface purifiers for Philadelphia classrooms

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our daily reality

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Philadelphia school officials face community questions over school start time upheaval

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Effort widens in Philadelphia to inform families about option for students to repeat a grade

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Suburban Philadelphia district’s equity initiative provokes anger over critical race theory 

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Pennsylvania used to reward child care workers for furthering their education. The pandemic changed that.

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Reopening plans, antiracism, and mental health: Philadelphia students discuss education issues with superintendent

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Council members push agenda to stem gun violence among Philadelphia youth

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Philadelphia board and superintendent vow to combat racist practices in schools

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Philadelphia plans full in-person learning in the fall, will also offer remote option

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Damaged asbestos, peeling lead paint, and mold still in some Philadelphia schools, says teachers union

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School board will investigate claims of bias against Black-run charter schools in Philadelphia

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Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

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District touts success with Philadelphia’s first college-degree granting program

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New school board member talks goals for Philadelphia students, lawsuit by former affiliate group ACLU

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Students in grades six to nine can return to Philadelphia schools in May; seniors to get outdoor graduations

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Philadelphia launches COVID-19 dashboard to monitor cases at schools. But some groups question its accuracy.

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In Philadelphia, education secretary says schools can open safely