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Dale Mezzacappa

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Dale Mezzacappa is a senior reporter for Chalkbeat Philadelphia. She most recently served as contributing editor of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, an independent nonprofit news site, which in August 2020 merged with Chalkbeat. She joined the Notebook in 2008 after 27 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was a senior education writer. Earlier in her career she reported on government and politics from Trenton and Washington, DC for The Inquirer and The Record of Hackensack, N.J. Her writing has earned awards from the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the New Jersey Press Association, the Keystone Press Association, and the Columbia University School of Journalism. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and for 15 years has taught a journalism course at Swarthmore College. Dale graduated from Vassar and is a past president of the Education Writers Association. Contact her at dmezzacappa@chalkbeat.org or @dalemezz.

The Democratic state attorney general says the General Assembly is violating the state constitution.
Mayor Jim Kenney has 10 days to ask for new names, or 20 days to make his choices.
Officials cite health department guidance and impact on learning for the change in COVID policy.
The new policy, meant to increase access, is racially discriminatory, a lawsuit alleges.
Advocates are concerned that the decline could knock students off track academically.
Katharine Davis faces big challenges related to Black students’ concerns at the second-oldest public high school in the U.S.
Researchers at Penn State find sharp disparities in quality, funding before COVID.
The North Carolina superintendent faces big district challenges related to poverty, staff turnover.
The Philadelphia school, once named for the U.S. president who owned slaves, is renamed for a woman born into slavery who became a renowned educator.
Principals told the board the draft budget means they will lose needed staff.
The district promises extensive public engagement in a process that could result in recommendations to close some schools.
District cites safety and research about adolescents as reasons for the change
Republican legislative leaders say the system, which results in wide disparities among districts, passes constitutional muster
The legal dispute began in 2014, but a final resolution is still months if not years away.
But students and staff will have to wear masks the week after spring break as an “extra precaution.”
As controversy swirls in the U.S. over how schools teach about race, the district is refocusing the class on “intellectual genealogy.”
Despite growing evidence of the importance of early childhood education, kindergarten is not mandatory in Pennsylvania.
Citywide group also demands more action on building repair and clearer COVID protocols.
They say charter schools, cybers, and tax-funded scholarships make the system “thorough and efficient,” despite wide gaps in district spending.
Parents of students who enrolled in seventh and eighth grade say that that the district told them their children could stay through high school, but now has changed the rules