Do Something: Defend the Free Press

This week, stand with students against gun violence, farm in Center City, discuss the free press and more!

By Emma Kreider

Finally, A Business Leader Steps Up…

…In Los Angeles. But a new face on the Philly school board provides hope that private sector expertise might be on its way

By Larry Platt

Citizen of the Week: Scott Blunk

The volunteer at W.B. Saul High School’s on-campus farm is taking what was once seen as troublesome and expensive animal waste and transforming it from poo to profit

By Jill Harkins

Idea We Should Steal: Buying Better Food

The LA-based Center for Good Food Purchasing helps districts and governments lead the way in buying healthy food. Can we get Philly schools on board?

By Jill Harkins

Guest Commentary: Absent teachers hurt students—and taxpayers

A school reform advocate breaks down what happens when teachers miss school. Hint: It costs everyone

By Stephen DeMaura

Now Comes The Hard Part

By appointing his first school board, Mayor Kenney has taken responsibility for schools. How can we know if he’s succeeded?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Threat Assessment Teams

The best way to stop a school shooting has nothing to do with guns, or locks, or school police. It’s to prevent them from happening beforehand

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Reality Check: A Tax on Poor Kids

WURD’s afternoon host on how the Mayor’s proposed property tax increase to fund schools is actually bad for city kids

By Charles D. Ellison