Guest Commentary: Mayoral Candidates, Stop the Public Education Platitudes

Voters deserve to know how the next Mayor of Philadelphia will build the new Board of Education — and, a longtime education advocate says, how they’ll hold that board accountable

By Debra Weiner

Can Place-Based Learning Work in Philly Schools Too?

A West Philly charter high school has added an option to learn outside the classroom. So far, it seems to be working, just like it does in some of Philly’s most affluent suburbs.

By Johann Calhoun

Guest Commentary: Memo to Superintendent Tony Watlington

A longtime educator with a piece of advice for the still-new chief of the Philadelphia School District: Start with trust

By Peshe Kuriloff

ChatGPT is Not the End of Writing

A longtime university president and writing expert advises against banning the new AI bot — but to use it to teach more effective thinking that is purely human

By Elaine Maimon

Poverty Is Not Fashion

Why new fashion trends are insulting to poor people and how to actually help them

By Jemille Q. Duncan

Vote for School Boards That Protect Democracy

A long-time college president sees a cautionary tale in the recent Pennridge (Bucks County) school board vote to scale back social studies

By Elaine Maimon

What Problem is the School Board Solving For?

The three finalists for Philly’s new schools superintendent might very well be solid educators. But has anyone asked if that’s really what we need?

By Larry Platt

Guest Commentary: Reject the Curse of Low Expectations

The Philadelphia School Board is on the verge of hiring a new superintendent. But, a former Temple education professor warns, it will take more than one person to transform our schools

By Peshe Kuriloff