Kristen Graham is the urban education writer, with a focus on the vast, complicated Philadelphia School District and issues facing schools in cities across the region and beyond. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner, part of a team that earned the 2012 gold medal for public service for a series of stories about violence in city schools.
Unlike any school in Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion High School has been fighting not just to survive but to reinvent itself, to somehow be an educational refuge in a neighborhood that logs more homicides than any other in the city.
Charles Reyes was honored on national television last week and surprised by celebrities with a vacation for his family and a large donation to help feed hungry Philadelphians. Inspired by Reyes, Mayor Jim Kenney declared June 13 “Give Back, Make an Impact Day."
Parents of incoming kindergartners at Nebinger Elementary charge that their kids are being booted from the school because nearby Meredith Elementary has more kindergartners than it has room for. Under the rules, Meredith students automatically earn a place at Nebinger, the next closest school.
The Philadelphia school board on Thursday night unanimously approved a $3.4 billion budget for the 2019-20 school year, approving new money for math supports, school nurses and teachers for English-language learners.
Evelyn Cortez, the former principal of Cayuga Elementary in Hunting Park, pleaded guilty in 2016 to charges stemming from her role promoting a culture of cheating at the school. She lost her $7,715 monthly pension after her conviction.