Education

Philly teachers at odds on how to reopen schools

A recent survey shows that very few of the 5,914 teachers who responded think schools should reopen without modifications such as physical distancing.

COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates funding, inequality concerns among Pa. schools

That’s been the quiet reality on the ground as schools across Pennsylvania deal with a pandemic that has created revenue shortfalls, budget gaps, increased cleaning and technology costs and unknowns for the fall — and beyond.

Pa.’s public schools are bleeding money because of the pandemic. It’s time to fix...

For those people who believe our public schools are profiting from the pandemic, a potential train wreck of public education is a good thing.

Confronted by protests, pandemic Philly schools mull delaying start of 2020-21 school year

Administrators are talking about anti-racism efforts, equity, and cleaning between classes as they make a decision about when to start the new school year.

In Pittsburgh, advocates want cops out of schools

The message from parents and advocates is simple: Kick out the cops and replace them with counselors, psychologists and social workers.

Top Obama official says it’s up to Congress to address racial disparities in public...

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, and Congress needs to fix it, a former Obama administration official has said.

We can’t address racial injustice in Pa. without fixing our unfair public school funding...

At a time of great upheaval and change, and in the middle of a global pandemic, we have all been called to acknowledge and confront systemic racism.

Philly schools are still seeking input on improving digital learning

District officials are still planning for three scenarios in case officials order schools to remain closed or there is a second coronavirus outbreak.

School safety grants to cover laptops, hand sanitizer in 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that schools across the commonwealth can begin to apply for a combined $150 million in School Health and Safety Grants, which can be used to purchase cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment; to provide mental health services and professional development to students and staff; and to retrofit school buildings to promote social distancing.

U.S. House Dems call for more federal aid to schools

The aid is especially needed to support low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups, lawmakers said.