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 governor’s proposal for public school aid would set a record for a single-year increase.

Former principal Debora Carrera and advocate Sharon Ward will head the office.

At the same event, new Mayor Cherelle Parker called on the state to provide the school district more funding.

The board’s vote follows claims that the district has exhibited a systemic bias against Black-led charters.

The timing of Jerry Jordan’s announcement precluded competition for the union presidency, critics say.

The Basic Funding Commission recommended increasing spending on K-12 education by $5.4 billion over the next seven years to meet its constitutional mandate

The Basic Education Funding Commission’s report calls for a $5.1 billion increase over seven years, plus more spending on the teaching workforce and school facilities.

Advocates say the state must also boost aid for infrastructure needs and preschool to comply with a landmark court ruling last year.