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POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011, 5:01 PM

Beginning in Sunday's paper, The Inquirer will run a seven-day series on violence in the Philadelphia School District.  It's the culmination of more than a year of reporting by me and four colleagues.

The December, 2009 racially-motivated violence at South Philadelphia High - which sparked national headlines and multiple investigations, including one by the U.S. Department of Justice - prompted us to take a closer look at the topic. When I told people what we were investigating violence in Philadelphia schools, some people would say something along the lines of "Why are you doing that?  Everyone knows that urban schools can be very dangerous."  

But we wanted to get beyond broad generalizations. What's it really like inside one of the largest school systems in the country?

POSTED: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 2:11 PM

Comment here on the Inquirer's seven-day investigative series on violence in the Philadelphia public schools. Comments are moderated. On Monday at noon, staff writer Kristen A. Graham will discuss the series in a live chat. Please join us.


POSTED: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 5:03 PM

Welcome to the Philly School Files!

There's so much going on in the Philadelphia School District - looming budget crisis, potential layoffs, Renaissance schools, PSSAs, big changes in charters, etc.  Here's a spot to discuss it all.  This spot will be a place to read breaking news, to hear about great things going on in schools (and there are plenty!), to interact with others interested in the goings-on of the Philadelphia School District, and more.

Based on the volume of email and phone calls I get every day, there are a lot of folks who have a lot to say about the district.  What should I and my colleagues on the education team be thinking about, looking into, reading?  Do let me know what's on your mind, and thanks for checking out the Philly School Files.

About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

During the school year, you’ll frequently find her hosting live chats about the district on Philly.com.

Please do pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter.


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