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When fourth-grade problems include gunfire

The Trace | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

This article first appeared in The Trace, an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in America. Kenya has a...

Here's How The Latest Cover Of Philadelphia Magazine Should Have Looked

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.01.2015 | Black Voices

The editor of Philadelphia magazine recently apologized after releasing a cover that displays a striking lack of diversity. The magazine's October cov...

Rebecca Klein

This Is What A School Funding Crisis Sounds Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics

Playwright Arden Kass doesn't just want you to know the statistics regarding school funding disparities in Pennsylvania -- that the state's poorest sc...

In Controversial Vote, Philadelphia Adds More Charter Schools

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Philadelphia's financially distressed school district, one of the country's biggest ...

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

Lacking Leadership, Pennsylvania Backs Prisons Over Pupils

David A. Love | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

Misplaced priorities and a profit motive are starving the schools, in the midst of the state's impressive prison expansion.

'Don't Know Much about History': Is Denver the Start of a New Student Movement?

Yohuru Williams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The protest to preserve the history curriculum is important for many reasons. If the so-called education reformers are not careful, they may bring on that catastrophe by toppling the only remaining institution dedicated to reinforcing civic values -- public education.

Philadelphia Schools Will Be Opening On Time, Despite Major Budget Cuts

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

By Sean Landis PHILADELPHIA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Philadelphia's cash-strapped public schools will open on schedule in three weeks afte...

Despite GOP Opposition, Pope Francis Should Emphasize Poverty During His Philadelphia Visit

Larry Atkins | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Larry Atkins

I hope the pope will tie family issues to the problems of poverty, income inequality, and the suffering of the poor. Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs are a great example of the haves and the have-nots, and the pope should be exposed to it.

Rebecca Klein

How Two Of America's Biggest Cities Are Short-Changing Low-Income Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

In recent years, the public education systems in Philadelphia and Chicago have seen mass personnel layoffs, school closures and frequent budget crises...

De Blasio Sets the Pace for Political Leadership on Education

Marcus Bright | Posted 09.17.2014 | New York
Marcus Bright

De Blasio's political leadership on the issue of education reminds us that elections do have consequences and that public policy and political leverage can be used to make a very significant impact in the lives of many people.

Enough Is Enough: Pennsylvania Must Contribute Its Fair Share to Fund Our Schools

Brian Sims | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Brian Sims

For the last several years, we have found ourselves facing an unacceptable lack of state funding for schools. This year we are once again facing the Commonwealth's dereliction of duty in properly funding our public schools.

They Still Don't Know Much About History

Grant Calder | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Grant Calder

Are these halting displays of ignorance a sign that many young adults are not particularly interested in history? Yes. But do they indicate that we are losing our collective grasp of the past more rapidly in this century? No.

Why the Starving Out of Public Education Threatens Our Economic Future and What We Can Do About It

Marcus Bright | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Marcus Bright

School districts should not have to go to drastic measures just to meet bare minimum needs. The focus should be on closing the achievement gap, graduating college and career-ready students and attacking the nation's dropout epidemic.

You're Going To Wish This Comedian Was From Your Hometown

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.01.2013 | Impact

Kevin Hart is bringing good news to Philadelphia schools after the district weathered a year of devastating budget cuts. On Wednesday the comedian...

Two Visions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Momentum around reclaiming the promise of public education is growing. Yet market reformers still seem to operate in an evidence-free zone.

Joy Resmovits

GOP Governor Under Fire For 'Knowingly Jeopardizing' Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Ten high-profile civil rights leaders are pressuring Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) to intervene in the sorry state of school funding in Philadelph...

Unions: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Michele Masterfano | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Michele Masterfano

I firmly believe that unions can be a good thing, a strong counterbalance to the forces that drive companies to wring every last dollar out of every single transaction, whether with their customer or their employee. But that's not the whole story, so let's run through it.

City Schools Are Broke But Can't Be Broken

Lauren Boyle | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Lauren Boyle

Philly and Chicago adults who are invested in public education in some way are stressed. Can you imagine, however, how the children feel?

M. Night Shyamalan: Education Reform Is NOT All About Class Size And Funding

Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2013 | Parents

M. Night Shyamalan, director of "Sixth Sense," has taken a new turn in his career, shifting his focus from blockbuster thrillers to education reform. ...

Springboard Collaborative Welcomes the School Year

Jessie Fox | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jessie Fox

Springboard Collaborative combines targeted student instruction with parent training. The goal is to close the literacy gap. The method is to offer in...

Working as an Education Activist Outside of the Classroom: My Foray Into the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

For the past nine years, I've spent 10 months of every year at my second home: Julia de Burgos Elementary School in the West Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Some days were exhilarating. Some were exhausting. All of them were meaningful.

Education for a Better America Initiative Seeks to Bolster Philadelphia Students During School Funding Crisis

Marcus Bright | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Marcus Bright

The public education crisis in the city of Philadelphia is reaching a crescendo as the scheduled opening of the 2013-2014 school year on September 9 n...

Rebecca Klein

Young Students Hold Memorial Service For Closing School

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

In the Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairhill, it is not uncommon for residents to honor victims of violence with outdoor shrines and memorials. So whe...

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.