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Johann Calhoun

Bureau Chief, Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Johann Calhoun is the Bureau Chief for Chalkbeat Philadelphia. Throughout his career, he has been committed to local news and to serving local communities. Johann is a former senior editor at The Philadelphia Tribune, with stints at The Courier Post in South Jersey and the Bucks County Courier Times. He has taught computer assisted reporting as an adjunct instructor at Temple University and has served as a regional director for the National Association of Black Journalists and chapter president for the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.

Superintendent Tony Watlington called the incident “absolutely unimaginable.”
The school district is sending its crisis response team to Roxborough High School to support students and staff.
The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush High School is one of 10 Pennsylvania schools to get the honor this year.
The superintendent will reveal his takeaways in October as part of his three-phase transition plan.
Students used to a relatively easy trip from the University City Townhomes to school may find their routines disrupted.
Tony Watlington announces 100 schools will close three hours early on Tuesday and Wednesday due to concerns about severe heat.
Tamir Harper is one of 600 new teachers and counselors working for Philadelphia’s public schools
Black teenagers in Philadelphia make up nearly 85% of victims who have died from gun violence since the start of the pandemic.
Children First shares recommendations for city about issues like child care and public health.
Hundreds of job seekers meet with district representatives to fill positions before school begins Aug 29.
In the past decade, the number of new teachers entering the state workforce annually declined from 20,000 to 6,000.
Watlington launches massive team to help him improve outcomes for students and achieve the Philadelphia Board of Education’s goals and guardrails
Sharita Jerkins wants people to know that her students can do anything. That includes dissecting a frog.
Current and former Nashville school officials say Shawn Joseph’s tenure precipitated a “morale crisis.”
The votes took place amid an investigation into whether the district’s charter school policy is racially biased.
Joseph and Associates, which will assist Tony Watlington, is led by the former superintendent of Nashville schools.
Watlington will lead a district with many challenges, from declining enrollment to crumbling facilities.
The $1.8 million proposal would focus on areas near schools most affected by gun violence.
The district has big plans for $1.1 billion in the latest round of federal relief, but it won’t be a cure-all.
The mask mandate, which comes amid rising case counts in the city, will continue indefinitely.
The school district’s information sessions about improving facilities are taking place throughout May.
The district says it will implement the new weapons screenings with “sensitivity.” But some worry about the impact.
Melanie De Jesus believes her classes help students develop learning and social skills
The district says the interactive tool will help inform the public on how it is managing aging infrastructure.
Students, parents, and educators want him to focus on improving low test scores, re-establishing trust, and community engagement.
An advocate for higher spending on K-12 schools, Ortega has led the state education department since 2020.
Mayor Jim Kenney has asked for help in filling her seat and another vacant spot on the board.
The city health department’s recent decision means schools may require face masks for longer than previously expected