This afternoon, the University of Pennsylvania announced a plan to donate $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) over the course of a decade. The donation will be broken into ten $10 million increments. This announcement comes after months of organizing by local community groups for payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) from the university.
Protests shook the streets of Lancaster and areas of Philadelphia after the police shooting of 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz on September 13th.
Student evaluate the new dangers of practicing safety drills during a pandemic.
On September 10th, the Board of Education had a committee meeting to review their enacted policies. One of the interesting aspects of the agenda was how the board considered eliminating Policy 141: Renaissance School Initiative. What is this initiative? Why was it established in the first place?
A large amount of public schools throughout the US don't employ school nurses all 5 days of the week or don't employ one at all. Rising Masterman senior, Avalon Hinchman, discusses what impact the lack of school nurse funding will have on schools reopening this fall.
Due to the pandemic, voting practices for the primary elections had to be changed, the city is now being sued by multiple organizations for voting practices. Rising Masterman senior, Jacob Smollen discusses the challenges Philadelphia faces as the general election approaches.
Composed of 19,000 employees and 203,000 students, the Philadelphia School District is the eighth largest in the nation. With increased graduation rates for the third year in a row, the school district has a promising future ahead. Within the 342 Philadelphia schools, there are three distinct subcategories, particularly in high school education. Charter, neighborhood, and special admissions schools each have their own unique characteristics and benefits. While the Philadelphia School District still pushes for much needed resources and funding, there are many things to analyze and admire about our local high schools.