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.

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Criminal justice system at center of swirling debate as gun violence continues in Philly

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.

Boy wounded, woman killed in separate Philly street crimes

A 16-year-old boy was hospitalized after sustaining a gunshot wound during an ATV ride in West Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

One man dead in Camden shooting

Police continue to investigate the shooting of a Camden resident.

Teachers and readers offer ways for Philly to combat its punishing teacher turnover

Teachers who read our investigation into high staff turnover at 26 Philadelphia district schools offered their own solutions to the problem.

Cheerin’ and runnin’ in the rain. Today’s Broad Street Run was a poncho and garbage bag event

Rain or shine, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run is a party that draws an enthusiastic crowd every year.

The forces behind Philly’s high teacher turnover

Many new Philadelphia district teachers leave because they feel they don’t get adequate coaching and support. Then they’re replaced by recruits just like them, and the cycle begins again.

How a Kensington elementary school convinced teachers to stay despite the neighborhood’s challenges

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.

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We used the district’s own data to uncover 26 Philly schools with ‘appalling’ rates of teacher turnover

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.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to eliminate lead from Philadelphia schools faces opposition

Wolf's $100M plan would be funded by a tax on natural gas extraction. An industry executive and two Republican spokespeople spoke out against the tax.

Tie emerges between Penn bribery case and national college admissions scandal

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.