As the weather warms up, students may already be counting down to the end of the school year. But, considering this morning’s Inquirer investigation on educator turnover, maybe some Philly teachers are, too. My colleagues’ report on turnstile teaching is a must-read about the effects of educator retention in city schools. In other, happier news, it may just be possible that a beloved independent book store planning to close in University City could survive.
And I have some news of my own: this morning will be my last writing this newsletter. I’ve so enjoyed chatting with you all each day and I leave you in the brilliant hands of my fellow newsletter writers. Be sure to send them your good vibes, thoughts and questions, and thank you for reading!
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Experts say a stable teaching staff is crucial to a school’s academic success, so why does Philadelphia churn through teachers? An Inquirer investigation has found that 26 district schools have turnover rates that far exceed a cause for alarm.
In other school news, for the past several years the district has prohibited school nurses from excluding unvaccinated students. Now the move worries nurses, given the recent local outbreak of mumps.
A move that is getting love: two Main Line school districts just opted to let teens get a later start to their school days.
There’s a hidden crisis lurking in Pennsylvania for the severely sick and mentally ill.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services has struggled to reduce wait times for care at the last two state forensic psychiatric hospitals, where people with serious mental illness are cared for until they are competent for trial.
Those hospitals won’t accept individuals with acute medical needs, which means they’re effectively stranded in jail.
Earlier this month, the owners of Penn Book Center, a long-standing independent book store on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, announced they were closing.
The wave of support that followed has been “quite overwhelming,” they say. But it’s more than just goodwill and shared memories.
As the store’s sales struggle in the age of Amazon, there might be hope of students, professors, and even the university stepping in to make it profitable again.
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“'Free college’ simply means that people who don’t attend college pay for those who do — because that’s what happens when the government raises taxes to make college ‘free.’ The plain truth doesn’t sound nearly as righteous or magnanimous as Warren’s version of the story.” — Antony Davies of Duquesne University and James R. Harrigan of the University of Arizona on Elizabeth Warren’s tuition plan.