Broke in Philly

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In the past decade, the number of new teachers entering the state workforce annually declined from 20,000 to 6,000.
A Philadelphia official warns the spending deal doesn’t do as much for schools as it should.
Supporters say getting students interested early in fields like coding is crucial.
The votes took place amid an investigation into whether the district’s charter school policy is racially biased.
Mayor Jim Kenney said the program will expand to 20 schools next year.
Career and technical education programs show worth through high graduation rates, student satisfaction.
Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget for the coming year includes funding for 300 new PHLpreK seats.
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.
In ninth week, petitioners wrap up their case. Legislative leaders will start calling witnesses on Monday
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.
Steps include reassessing curriculum, talking frankly about race, and changing the culture.
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.
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