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‘Pennsylvania is forgoing resources’: Economists say school funding matters

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Pennsylvania doesn’t spend enough on schools, state education secretary testifies 

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Hite testifies lack of resources holds back Philly students

Pennsylvania fair funding trial resumes: ‘We have done great things … but we don’t have the funding we need.’ 

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With COVID surge in Philly, educators call for temporary return to remote learning or stricter health protocols  

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority is asking schools for an $11.3 million refund. There are big implications.

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Philly school enrollment continues decline, while cyber charters see surge

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For this West Philadelphia teacher, racial justice is at the core of her work

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Inequities ‘devastating the lives of children’: Pennsylvania fair school funding trial begins

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Landmark Pennsylvania fair school funding case set for trial

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Philadelphia schools honored for work in preserving green space

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Philly parents start petition asking for delay in new special admissions process

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A possible transit strike could force Philadelphia schools to go remote

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Philly needs more Black teachers. A new report shares insights on how to retain them.

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Philly overhauls selective admissions policy in bid to be antiracist

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‘Alarming’ shortage of child care workers in Philadelphia prompts recruitment event

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our daily reality

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Philly equity coalition ‘has ignited a new vision of bringing change,’ superintendent tells community in progress update

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Another Philadelphia school temporarily shut due to COVID cases

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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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