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.

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Barbara M. Grimaldi, 32, nonprofit executive who fought systemic injustice

Ms. Grimaldi was chief strategy officer of the Public Interest Law Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit that centers its work on education, environmental justice, voting and related matters.

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Inside Strawberry Mansion High School’s battle to fight perception and survive

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.

Philly dad seen on 'Good Morning America' honored for community service

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 fuming after their kindergartners are booted from South Philly elementary to make room for kids from wealthier school

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.

A ‘forever teacher’ retires as principal of Philly’s storied Girls’ High

“I’m still jumping double dutch. I get on the dance floor on proms. I introduce myself to all the dates. I must know everybody,” said Parthenia Moore, principal of Girls’ High.

Philadelphia school board adopts $3.4B budget, says no — again — to a new charter

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.

These teenagers want to open their own convenience store. Here’s why.

“How is four bags of chips a dollar at the corner store, but a smoothie is $4? That doesn’t make sense,” said Tre’Cia Gibson, a member of the Rebel Ventures crew.

Does Philly need more schools? Should some close or expand? The district is about to find out.

“We’re trying to emphasize a forward-thinking approach to how we manage our assets in terms of the utilization and school facilities,” said Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

North Philly principal, convicted in test cheating scandal, loses bid to regain state pension

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.

Who are Philly’s best teachers? Here are 60 who shine.

The teachers are winners of the 2019 Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Awards. Each will receive a $3,500 prize and will be honored Tuesday at a ceremony at the Prince Music Theater.