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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...

Actor Kevin Hart Donates 500 Computers To Philly

AP | Posted 11.01.2013 | Impact

PHILADELPHIA -- PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Actor and comedian Kevin Hart donated 500 computers to schools and recreation centers in his hometown of Philade...

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...

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. ...

Philadelphia Schools Open After Layoffs And Budget Cuts

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — The city's struggling public schools opened a new term Monday with larger classes and smaller staffs, leaving many to wonder how ...

After Crisis, Philly Students Head Back To School

AP | MARC LEVY | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- Before they start the school year together, the staff at the Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts will grieve: They...

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...

Struggling Philadelphia Schools To Open Next Month

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — After a tense week of wondering whether the city's financially struggling public schools would be able to open on time next month...

Food For Philadelphia Fasters

AP | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia activists have ended a dayslong fast to protest school district layoffs. The activists say they are optimistic that...

15 Politicians Join The Philadelphia Schools Hunger Strike

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

As the “Fast for Safe Schools” effort in Philadelphia enters its 12th day, 15 local, state and nationally elected politicians have entered the rin...

In Philadelphia, Those Fasting For School Safety Greet Their 8th Day Of Hunger

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- Ten thousand unused musical instruments. No sports or art programs. No assistant principals, counselors, cafeteria aides or secretarie...

Rebecca Klein

LOOK: Haunting Photographs Of Closed And Abandoned Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

The city that Katrina Ohstrom calls home is going through a crisis –- and she is determined to document it. After Philadelphia’s School Reform...

School Protestors In Philadelphia Mount Hunger Strike

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Earlene Bly, 46, is fasting and quitting cigarettes at the same time, but she said the simultaneous cold turkeys aren't bothering her. Instead of focu...

Teachers Fear Layoffs Could Result From CPS' 5-Year Plan

Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett revealed her five-year vision for the embattled district on Monday, leading some educ...

Are Public Ed Reform Groups Philanthropists Or Lobbyists?

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- School activists are using unusual tactics to fight a contested proposal to overhaul the nearly bankrupt Philadelphia school district:...

In Philly, The Struggle To Make High School Work Pits Sentiment vs. Data

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

This story was reported through a partnership in education coverage between WHYY/NewsWorks and the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. For almost ...