Some schools are all in on Halloween. But others have chosen to downplay it, skipping celebrations altogether or hosting "harvest festivals" in a nod to students who don't mark Oct. 31 as anything special.
Gov. Wolf is expected to sign a bill that would push back Keystone exam graduation requirements and allow seniors to meet graduation requirements in other ways - gaining acceptance to college, securing full-time employment post-graduation, completing an internship, or earning a to-be-determined score on the SAT.
A Central High teacher distributed a flier urging students to "VOTE to stop Republican voter suppression" and "VOTE to stop the Trump regime." Val DiGiorgio, a Central grad and chair of the state Republican Party, wants an investigation.
Kristen Graham covers the Philadelphia School District. A native Philadelphian – and a product of the school system and Temple University – she has written about everything from crime and county government to education since joining the Inquirer in 2000.
Kristen is a Pulitzer Prize winner, part of a team whose "Assault on Learning" series about violence in the Philadelphia schools won the 2012 prize for public service for the Inquirer. Please pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-5146.
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