Dale Mezzacappa

Dale Mezzacappa

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Philadelphia

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

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.

Children First’s proposal could mean nearly $100 million in additional aid for the city’s public schools.

Mayor Cherelle Parker wants more money for the district, a greater school share of property tax revenue, and year-round school starting this fall.

The Educational Nominating Panel released its list of 27 finalists for the school board Tuesday night. Mayor Cherelle Parker will forward nine to the City Council for public hearings.

The agreement, which was reached roughly six months before the current contract’s expiration date, came as a surprise to many.

Years later, Philly students still have not received compensatory services meant to address COVID learning loss