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Case tests whether districts must protect students from bullying under Pa. law

Do school districts in Pennsylvania have a legal obligation to protect students from discriminatory harassment and bullying? A court case filed on behalf of a bullied student at William C. Bryant Elementary School in Philadelphia...

An Urban Teacher’s Response to the Suburban School Shooting Crisis

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass murder in our nation’s schools. I shouldn’t feel disconnected.  After...

Philadelphia’s new spot for fresh fish is … in a school?

With old favorites like Ippolito’s and Darigo’s Fish Market, South Philadelphia has long been a mecca for the city’s seafood lovers. But the neighborhood’s latest fishmonger may be its most novel — and not simply because...

Students and Community Members Have a Family Talk During Black Lives Matter Week of...

Family was the emphasis when students and community members gathered at Martin Luther King High School as part of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action. The Caucus of Working Educators organized last week’s event...

On Super Bowl parade day, a look at how the Eagles give to the...

As the city celebrates the Super Bowl champion Eagles, it is easy to forget their actions off the field -- including their generosity to social causes. And tops on their list is educational equity. In...
Teachers Aren't Prepared For Trauma

Panel Says Teachers Aren’t Prepared to Deal with Trauma in Children

A student who seems inattentive in class may not be inattentive at all,  one of the area’s leading experts on trauma-informed education said yesterday. “Maybe they’re just not attending to what you want them to...

Another Obama-era initiative under attack: Equity in school discipline

In 2012, following the lead of other school districts across the country, the School District of Philadelphia wisely began rethinking its punitive, zero-tolerance approach to discipline. One component of the changing approach has been...

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