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Lawsuit over school funding disparities opens

November 19, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Republicans and Democrats are feuding over whether Pennsylvania’s roughly $40 billion budget package negotiated behind closed doors and passed within hours of becoming public includes money for the state auditor general to begin auditing election results. (AP…

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‘#BlackburnTakeover’ continues with Howard University officials refusing to negotiate

November 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Howard University students, saying they are fed up with “uninhabitable living conditions”, are taking to the sidewalks in protest. (Photo/Trevon Patterson –Trice Edney News Wire) By Barrington M. Salmon and Trevon Patterson Trice Edney Newswire The student takeover of Howard University’s Armour J. Blackburn Building has entered its fourth week with no end in…

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Schools debate: Gifted and talented, or racist and elitist?

November 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Protesters at City Hall condemn Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to phase out the Gifted and Talented (G&T) public school program in New York. Public school programs for the gifted and talented are garnering increased scrutiny nationwide, as critics denounce them as modern-day segregation and push for broader access or outright elimination. (AP Photo/John…

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Philadelphia school works to return Native American remains

October 29, 2021

By Claudia Lauer ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA — The School District of Philadelphia is working to repatriate Native American skeletal remains found in a high school classroom closet this summer. A letter sent to parents of Central High School students Friday said the “human skeletal item” was previously used as a teaching aid and dated back…

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On the Rise

October 15, 2021

In her new book “Phoenix Ascending,” activist Movita Johnson-Harrell shares the story of a rose that grew from concrete. By Denise Clay-Murray For many of us, making sense of the things that happen to us in life, both good and bad, can be done by writing in a journal. Throughout her life, activist Movita Johnson-Harrell…

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Philadelphia schools superintendent to leave next summer

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite (Photo/ ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA — The superintendent of the Philadelphia School District has announced that he will be leaving the post next summer. Superintendent William Hite Jr. said in a video released to staff that “after much reflection” he had decided not to seek renewal of his…

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Tips from teachers for choosing quality childcare

September 2, 2021

FAMILY FEATURES As families across the country get ready for back-to-school season, many are also preparing to return to in-person work, which means finding the right program to support their children’s ongoing learning and development. According to the “The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects” report, choosing a quality preschool helps children start…

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An important update from School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D.

August 27, 2021

Dear School District of Philadelphia Families, On Tuesday, August 31, we will start the 2021-22 school year with in-person learning five days a week. We have continued to work closely with our colleagues at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to monitor COVID-19 conditions and identify additional health…

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Philadelphia School Board votes to require vaccine for staff

August 27, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Acting Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole (Photo/ ASSOCIATED PRESS  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to mandate that its 20,000 teachers and staff members be vaccinated against COVID-19, but details of when the mandate would go into place are still being worked out, school district officials said. The move comes…

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