Alan Jacobs dropped out of Kensington high school at 16 and soon found himself locked up on a gun charge.
His mom, Emma Johnson, felt her son had completely lost control of his life.
"He wanted to stand on the corner and make fast money," said Johnson. "We talked to him, and we talked to him and he was just headstrong. He wanted the streets."
Under a blazing August sun, Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf practiced the politics of friendly with red-shirted members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at Solis-Cohen Elementary School.
Union members, hoping that a Wolf win would translate into more school resources, posed for pictures and shook hands Wednesday with the man who current polling says will overtake Gov. Corbett in November.
Parents searching for high-quality pre-kindergarten options for their children can be overwhelmed as they try to find a school they can trust.
On Tuesday, a coalition of nonprofit education advocacy organizations announced it will give parents a huge helping hand.
With the lead of the Philadelphia School Partnership, a new website is allowing parents to easily search and compare high-quality pre-K options. It can be accessed through GreatPhillySchools.org, an existing site that evaluates K-12 options.
A Philadelphia judge has put the brakes on plans by Girard College to suspend its high school and boarding programs next year in order to restore the school's finances.
Girard College is a unique institution in Philadelphia. Established by 19th-century merchant Stephen Girard, it offers a free education from 1st through 12th grades for kids of single parents at its 43-acre campus in North Philadelphia.
The Martin Luther King High School Cougars football team returns to the spotlight this week, when it will be featured in "Hell Week" segments on ESPN's SportsCenter program.
This comes a year after the team, which won its first ever Public League title in 2013, was featured in the documentary We Could Be King, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
It's all been written before. The Philadelphia School District was in brutal financial shape last year.
Guidance counselors and nurses nonexistent in schools on many days.
Cash available only for the barest of supplies and supports.
Still, "it needs to be discussed over and over and over again," said Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes at a Thursday news conference. "This is not how you achieve a 21st-century education."
Flanked by a teacher, a parent, a student, a building maintenance worker and his colleague State Sen.