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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 mayor appoints school board members and with the city council decides Philadelphia’s contribution to the district budget.
Gym has a long history of focusing on education as an activist and former City Council member.
The district would like at least 10,000 students to enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year.
As attorney general, Shapiro said the state isn’t meeting its constitutional obligation to public schools.
Just a tiny fraction of school districts nationwide now have masking mandates.
Reginald Streater and Mallory Fix-Lopez elected president and vice president.
The city has seen an increase in COVID cases recently. District officials also signaled in August that masks would be required after extended breaks.
Advocates and others say the city’s “Read by 4th” campaign and other efforts have built a strong foundation.
Monson helped maintain financial stability but recently warned about potential budget shortfalls.
Watlington said the district will work closely with the police department, and urged parents and others to collaborate.
A member of the council since 2015, Gym has taken vocal stands on everything from school staffing to student mental health.
Nearly 1,000 participants at a Philadelphia gathering discussed the importance of a diverse teacher workforce and the challenges facing Black male educators.
Mayor Jim Kenney and others stressed that early education is crucial to children’s development and academic success
Superintendent Tony Watlington said the program will get $1.7 million from the district’s budget on top of $2.5 million in pandemic aid already committed.
She applauds the city’s efforts and said they should be replicated around the country.
$40 million facility aims to create more job opportunities that pay well, especially for local Philadelphia graduates.
Black and Hispanic students less likely to have access to quality teachers, good school climate and rigorous courses
After 110 days in office, Superintendent Tony Watlington said Philadelphia schools district must do better.
Doug Mastriano wants a big cut in state school aid, while Josh Shapiro wants more — and more equitable — funding for public schools.
The school board also approved a contract with its service workers at its Sept. 22 meeting.
The 21st Century Schools Model will focus on the entertainment, development, and transportation industries.
Tony Watlington announces 100 schools will close three hours early on Tuesday and Wednesday due to concerns about severe heat.
The district’s agreement with the union representing support staff could avert a strike.
The district’s top safety official stressed that schools remain “the safest place” for students.