Programs that recruit more non-traditional workers receive $1 million in grants

Apprenticeship programs for barbers, painters, coders, lab techs, and others will get a boost.

by Jane M. Von Bergen

BROKE in Philly initiative launches today

The Notebook is part of ambitious, year-long collaboration that will provide in-depth, nuanced, and solutions-oriented reporting on poverty issues and the push for economic justice in Philadelphia.

by Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

Escalating conflict with District, pro-charter group sues over policy

Policy 406, which the School Reform Commission approved in March, regulates the conditions under which schools can seek amendments to their charters.

by Dale Mezzacappa

NAEP results show Philadelphia still below average for big cities

Achievement gaps are growing, here and across the country.

by Dale Mezzacappa

With broader initiative on hold, some Philly community schools press forward

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Creative arts therapists tap into the 'antidote to anxiety'

Music, dance/movement, and art therapies can help with behavioral health issues in schools.

by Paul Jablow

Under leaked Trump proposal, using public benefits would count against immigrants

Mayor requests meeting with federal officials over concerns move would 'increase hunger.'

by Bill Hangley

Who are the nine new school board members?

One of the mayor's appointees is a pediatrician. Others have backgrounds in business, social work, teaching, and more.

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At Mayfair Elementary, fusing diversity with challenging curriculum to create world citizens


Classroom upgrades: District tackles early literacy with center-based learning


'What is your dream? What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?'

Argelis Minaya-Bravo, a U School senior, channels her intensity into activism.

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Coalition presses tax-exempt organizations to support Philadelphia public schools

Our City Our Schools presented its plan for adding $191 million in annual school funding with a rally at the University of Pennsylvania.


Community members feel left out as Strawberry Mansion HS is phased out


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Kenney's budget calls for tax hikes to cover school deficits

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The quest to help traumatized children learn

Philadelphia is working hard to become a trauma-informed school district, but helping teachers acquire the needed skills and mindset is costly and complex.


District forecasts five years of balanced budgets, citing new city commitment

A relieved SRC approves the $3.1 billion lump sum budget, which projects a surplus at the end of fiscal 2019 of $135 million.


After walkout, early signs of powerful alliance begin to emerge

What’s next for city and suburban youth who believe they can make a change on gun violence?


Teachers invited to free workshop about organ-donation curriculum

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Students at the Workshop School design their own gun violence protest

During the National School Walkout, students sang, read poems that they had written and talked about how they would like to work with other youth to change gun laws.


Parents now have access to updated portal to keep track of children in school


Parenting from inside prison walls

Communication is the key to keeping this family with an incarcerated father connected.

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Scenes from a day of student activism

Across the city, students take a stand as part of the National School Walkout to protest gun violence.

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Our opinion: Step out from behind the curtain

If you want public support for schools during this transition to a Board of Education, let the public see the process. Back-room dealing will not do.

Chill-out rooms, trauma training, and more

As community schools gear up, coordinators build their contact networks. One focus is on sustainability.


Teacher ed, with trauma in mind

Universities such as Temple, Drexel, and Penn are adding more information about social and emotional learning to their curricula.


Teachers strategize to avoid burnout

They are on the front lines of supporting students through trauma, but they also need to take care of themselves.


Study: Depression varies among racial groups

The researchers fear that black children, in particular, are under-diagnosed and don’t receive the help they need.


Parents learn to use positive methods

The PriCARE program, through Children’s Hospital, helps families avert behavior problems and lessen stress.

by Jane M. Von Bergen

Review finds flaws in discipline report

The Fordham Institute looked at District data related to suspensions. The National Education Policy Center took issue with Fordham’s findings.