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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.

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
Xiomarra Robinson dedicates her time at school to make sure students have what they need to survive.
But masking would still be required for all prekindergarten Head Start students and staff.
Once heralded as a training ground for educators, Cheyney University is taking steps to increase racial diversity in the teaching workforce.
School district officials unveiled strategies this week to help stem the tide.
The finalists will meet with school officials, students, teachers, staff, and parents in the coming months.
Ronald Sizer is a second-generation machinist, who teaches in the career and technical education program at Benjamin Franklin High School.
The health department relaxed some restrictions across the city, but officials said safety measures for schools will stay in place for now.
The Philadelphia school district says it’s on schedule to find a replacement for Superintendent William Hite.
The new report is intended to focus on whether schools are providing opportunities to all students.
The district is investing $3.1 million for district employees, specifically Black, Latino, and Asian workers, to consider leadership roles at schools.
The ability to have a lasting impact on a student’s life is deeply gratifying for educators despite lack of resources and feeling stressed at times.
Once called a “gag order,” the policy calls for staff to clear all press requests through the four-person communications office before speaking to members of the media.
For the first time in a month, all schools in Philadelphia are in-person after weeks of uncertainty in which some schools shifted to virtual due to staffing shortages caused by the omicron variant.