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Based on girls’ comments in focus groups, a Pennsylvania advocacy group is calling for more Black teachers and staff, an end to overly harsh dress codes that made one girl feel “sexualized,” and courses that highlight Black achievement.
Fewer than one out of five qualified students offered seats at certain high schools have enrolled in them for the next school year.
A March 28 student rally came after Superintendent Tony Watlington announced changes to the admissions system.
The guide also includes a teacher’s perspective on helping students successfully go from home to school environments after COVID’s disruptions.
Black and Hispanic students less likely to have access to quality teachers, good school climate and rigorous courses
Principal Keisha Wilkins said the four teachers will help students see ‘a reflection of themselves.’
Tony Watlington announces 100 schools will close three hours early on Tuesday and Wednesday due to concerns about severe heat.
Superintendent says “there is a place” for test scores in selective admissions, but that cutoff scores will be reevaluated.
Children First shares recommendations for city about issues like child care and public health.
District officials say the training will help teachers work in a district where most students are Black or Hispanic.
In Pennsylvania, fewer than 4% of teachers are Black, compared to 14.5% of students. In Philadelphia, the percentage of Black teachers is about a quarter, compared to two-thirds of the students.
Hundreds of job seekers meet with district representatives to fill positions before school begins Aug 29.
In the past decade, the number of new teachers entering the state workforce annually declined from 20,000 to 6,000.
More Philadelphia child care providers opened in the second year of the pandemic than the first, but the city still saw a net loss of providers.
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 biggest effect of the underfunding is on low-wealth districts
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.
Constant cutting is ‘heartbreaking,’ testifies Wilkes-Barre leader in Pennsylvania school funding case
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.
With COVID surge in Philly, educators call for temporary return to remote learning or stricter health protocols
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.
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