Wendy Ruderman is an award-winning investigative reporter. She earned a master's from Columbia University School of Journalism and has worked at the Inquirer since 2002. She has worked for the New York Times and Associated Press. She won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and was named a 2019 Pulitzer finalist for local reporting.
At first, district officials announced a plan to redirect the nearly 1,000 students to two other district high schools: South Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion, but seemed to quickly change course after those options were roundly rejected by parents.
The news of more missed school comes amid a groundswell of fear and frustration from parents, teachers and students over significant environmental issues — and the way they have been handled by the Philadelphia School District.
“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.”