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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City could kick in $10,000,000 for asbestos work in Philadelphia schools

City Councilman at-Large Derek Green proposed the funding after learning Wednesday that a city teacher has mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos.

Teachers’ union investigating a possible cancer link to Philly schools, warns of hazards

“Disturbed asbestos has been observed and reported at schools across the district,” said teachers’ union president Jerry Jordan. “The students and educators are literally risking death whenever they go to school — that is a shocking, shocking thing.”

Representing charters and Muslim women: Meet Philly’s newest school board members

Doha Ibrahim and Imere Williams will formally become student representatives to the school board later this month.

$37,000,000 Ben Franklin-SLA school building still an active construction site; students report Friday

The staffs of both schools sent Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. and other leaders a letter Wednesday expressing their concerns about students learning and adults working in the building.

Start of 2 Philly schools again delayed by snags on $34,000,000 construction project

Students at Benjamin Franklin High School and Science Leadership Academy are scheduled to return to classes Friday after a second delay.

South Philly teen is city’s new youth poet laureate

Mia Concepcion is a senior at Science Leadership Academy, a poetry powerhouse that produced four out of the first six young people to earn the title. She succeeds Wes Matthews, another SLA student.

The promise of the first day: It’s back to school for Philly students

Educating children is "the most important thing we do,” the mayor said, adding that if Philadelphia does it well, “we won’t have to worry about prisons. We won’t have to worry about addiction. We won’t have to worry about locking people up.”

New teachers, first-day ceremonies: Philly students head back to class

Summer is over for 124,000 youngsters who attend public schools in the City of Brotherly Love.

A bittersweet farewell to summer at the Shore — after one last ice cream with jimmies

“I’m here to feed my spirit for the upcoming year,” said Emily Gill. “I’m in denial we go back to reality tomorrow.”

New teachers, nurses, AC: what’s on the horizon for Philly schools

The school district has hired 700 new teachers and counselors, some of them in new positions. It has air conditioned six schools — though the vast majority of classrooms remain un-air conditioned — and modernized 132 classrooms.