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

Volunteers take a block-by-block approach to connecting families across the city to resources they need to jumpstart their child’s reading skills.

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.

With $1 million in federal funding, Bartram High School’s approach could become a model for the city’s highest-risk campuses.

How I Teach: I want my students to find themselves through theater

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

What did school communities face in 2023? Waning COVID relief funding, rising chronic absenteeism, and ChatGPT controversy, just to name a few.

Peirce is the first new school building in North Philadelphia in 70 years, and officials said it demonstrated the value the city puts on all its students.

Ending a monthslong budget impasse, Gov. Josh Shapiro signed several code bills that create a student teacher stipend, add money for school choice programs, and send millions to community colleges and libraries.

Critics of Keystone Opportunity Zones say they endanger tax revenue that could benefit city public schools.

Board President and Vice President Reginald Streater and Mallory Fix-Lopez will remain in their roles for the time being. Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker could pick new board members.

School officials say students and teachers could be moved to any of these 24 locations if environmental hazards close schools.

Murals, games, and a ‘story wheel’ are among the strategies researchers say can promote academic achievement and child development.

Educator Sarah Budlow said the more she learned about the impact of a kid's school experience on their life and their future, the more she wanted to become a teacher.

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