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Education: Kenney’s Universal Pre-K Proposal Sparks Hope, Controversy

Education: Kenney’s Universal Pre-K Proposal Sparks Hope, Controversy

Philadelphia’s public school system has long faced academic and financial troubles, resulting in poor standardized test scores and high dropout rates. Now, advocates of Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposition for universal pre-kindergarten say such a program could help put more students on the path to success. But critics don’t like the plan to pay for it: […]

 

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Adult illiteracy is a major issue in Philadelphia, with more than two-thirds of the adult population classified as low literate – meaning they do not have the basic skills necessary for the modern workplace, according to a report published by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Center for Literacy (CFL) is a 50-year-old, longstanding institution that works to […]

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Education: Piano Teacher Says Music Plays Key Role in Children’s Development

Education: Piano Teacher Says Music Plays Key Role in Children’s Development

Patrick Fink, 27, a piano instructor and professional musician, has taught music since 2006. Fink has taught private lessons from his home in Roxborough for nearly 10 years, and has traveled to give lessons in the surrounding Pennsylvania/New Jersey region as well. The majority of his students are from grades nine through 12, but he […]

 

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education is one of the foundations of society, and yet schools in Philadelphia are hemorrhaging cash due to rising costs and stagnant revenues. Many have been forced to cut back on everything from school supplies and textbooks to programs and staff. Some have even closed their doors due to decisions by the School Reform Commission […]