Philadelphia students navigate school without access to school libraries

BY: - October 24, 2023

The number of school librarians in the district declined over the past decade, from about 57 in the 2012-2013 school year to just one in 2023-2024. 

Serving breakfast in Pennsylvania’s schools sometimes takes creative thinking

BY: - October 9, 2023

PHILADELPHIA – Gov. Josh Shapiro has widely touted his administration’s free breakfast program that provides children at all Pennsylvania public schools the first meal of the day.  “In my budget address, I called for universal free breakfast to put every kid on the same playing field. This budget delivers on that promise to provide free […]

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr., left, and Board of Education President Reginald Streater speak with students at a school selection process rally in front of district headquarters in March.

New report recommends changes to Philly’s school selection process

BY: - July 3, 2023

More than half of students surveyed said they want the district to drop its lottery system altogether.

Building 21 in the Philadelphia School District (Photo by Ella Lathan for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star).

Funding the 500: Crumbling buildings, asbestos and gun violence add to Philly schools’ challenges

BY: - June 22, 2023

'It's infuriating,' Edward T. Steel Elementary special education teacher Nicole Wyglendowski told the Capital-Star.

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Year-round school, a new curriculum, enhanced safety: Here’s the Philly schools’ new 5-year plan

BY: - May 25, 2023

'This is our roadmap for how we're going to align all of our resources in the school district,' Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said.

Philly’s James Logan School: A community school that makes a difference in students’ lives

BY: - April 19, 2023

"Logan is a good school,' fifth-grader Eshan Solomon said. 'They help the community through the different events and programs we have.'

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr.

Philly schools chief announces changes to high school admissions after enrollment protests

BY: - March 26, 2023

The centralized lottery system was imposed in 2021 due to concerns about equity and access for Black and brown students to some of the city’s most coveted schools.

Philly students tell mayoral hopefuls: ‘Our vote matters’

BY: - March 20, 2023

'The candidate who shows how they are going to improve my safety and my education when they are mayor is the person that has my vote,' one student said.

In Philly, city and schools leaders respond to Shapiro’s first budget

BY: - March 11, 2023

By Chanel Hill PHILADELPHIA — Following Gov. Josh Shapiro’s first budget address, Philadelphia city officials and education leaders have responded to the administration’s plans for education funding. “We applaud Gov. Shapiro for putting forward an ambitious proposal,” School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said. “We are looking forward to engaging with Gov. Shapiro […]

Philly schools to offer digital mental health services to high school students

BY: - March 4, 2023

“The mental health of our students remains a top priority," Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Tony Watlington Sr. said.

‘A new day’: Philly officials respond to ruling in Pa. public school funding case

BY: - February 9, 2023

'This massive step forward is still only a step,” Councilmember Isaiah Thomas, who chairs council's Education Committee, said.

Experts, advocates focus on expanding the job pipeline for Black male teachers

BY: - January 30, 2023

Research shows that students who have at least one Black teacher will be 39% less likely to drop out of high school and 29% more likely to enroll in college