Dale Mezzacappa

Dale Mezzacappa

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Philadelphia

She has reported on education since 1986, most of that time with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Pennsylvania Auditor General found the charter office complied with all relevant state laws and regulations.

The “Summer Achievers” program will start in June and offer a mix of academics and camp-like activities. It could set the table for new schedules at 20 schools in 2025-26.

The City Council will not vote to confirm Joyce Wilkerson’s appointment to the school board. But Mayor Cherelle Parker plans to put her on the board anyway.

Former Board President Joyce Wilkerson’s nomination by Mayor Cherelle Parker was deferred, and city officials expressed displeasure about the district’s charter school policy.

Gov. Josh Shapiro says the testing change will mean less time spent preparing for the tests and more time for actual learning.

Parents, teachers, and others have long criticized the practice of reassigning teachers after the school year has begun. But it’s unclear if ‘leveling’ is gone for good or merely paused.

Board nominees picked by Cherelle Parker indicated support for her push for year-round school, but the idea faces several challenges.

Mayor Cherelle Parker’s picks include the current board president and two people with strong ties to charter schools. If the City Council confirms her nominees, they’ll start their terms May 1.

Philadelphia school board adopts $4.5 billion 2025 budget

The program, called Handle With Care, involves referrals by police to schools when law enforcement encounters children at traumatic events like domestic violence or sudden deaths.