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Districts are spending $1 billion on cyber charter tuition and calling for reform of the system, but efforts at reform have stalled in the state legislature
Philadelphia’s overall public school enrollment dipped by about 4,300 students.
“We want to connect as many families as possible to reliable internet access,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in announcing the outreach campaign. “As digital learning continues, access to high-speed internet is more important than ever.”
Members and District staff attended the meeting in person for the first time since March. They experienced some technical problems.
The $17 million PHLConnectED will offer Comcast Internet Essentials service to households with K-12 students for two years.
"Lots more people" are engaging in the effort compared to the spring, the superintendent said.
Some say the city and corporate players need to display more urgency.
Given the option to choose all-online learning, parents are seeking more information. Answers will come later.
Most students will attend school in person two days a week; families can opt for a "digital academy."
Based on a PFT survey's results, the union suggests a staggered schedule in which students would attend on alternate weeks.
“We’ve never held these conversations in class before,” said a Masterman student.
The website taking attendance got overwhelmed on the first day.
Lauren Ballaster is a reading and social studies teacher at William H. Ziegler School in lower Northeast Philadelphia.
Some parents worry that if students believe their grades can't drop, they will have less motivation to do the work.