Dylan Purcell is an investigative reporter specializing in data analysis. Since joining The Inquirer in 1998, Dylan has worked on numerous investigations, including coverage of courts, crime and education. He is a Temple University graduate and avid local sports fan.
An Inquirer review shows there has been some change in prosecution of gun cases under DA Larry Krasner, while the U.S. Attorney’s Office has ramped up its violent crime caseload. Homicides and shootings are both outpacing last year.
Like the district's high teacher-turnover schools, Isaac A. Sheppard School in West Kensington has its challenges. But its teachers stay for years, thanks to support from strong principals and from one another.
Experts say a stable teaching staff is crucial to a school’s academic success, and turnover of 25 percent in a year is cause for alarm. Twenty-six Philly schools experience turnover far beyond that measure, an Inquirer investigation has found.
Eight months before the bribery case broke, Penn faced its own scandal: Its former basketball coach accepted cash, a recruiting trip to Miami, and rides on a private jet to get a businessman's son into the school.