Heather Wathington, an academic and CEO of a Washington nonprofit that runs charter schools for struggling teens in Washington, will begin running Girard College - which offers a free, college prep education to children from economically struggling single-parent homes - on Aug. 1.
The public gave a taste of what it hopes and expects from the new school board in a citywide listening in a citywide listening session this spring. The Mayor's Office of Education released a 100-page report outlining the highlights: People want a break from the SRC's perceived opaque, defensive way of operating, they want more welcoming schools, and fixes to school facilities, among other things.
"In a community plagued with crime and financial insecurity, they learned about peaceful problem solving and financial literacy," Andrewlevich said. "If you combine that with academics, they're unstoppable."
The 7-year-old, who attends a private school in West Philadelphia, woke up scared and disoriented in the hot, locked bus, his parents said. By midday, police and the school district were investigating the incident. On May 29, the same boy had an identical experience.
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.
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