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‘I wanted to thrive.’ How Kishon Carter found success, and college credits, after leaving high school

“It was hard, because I always said I never wanted a regular job, I wanted a career,” Carter said. “But there weren’t a lot of people in my neighborhood who had that.”

Student stabbed at Philly’s Lincoln High School

The victim was in taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

Philadelphia, Camden schools deal with deep freeze

Thursday's expected deep freeze has already forced officials in Camden to close its schools. In Philadelphia, school officials want students to be careful.

Which are Philly’s best, most promising schools of the year? School District touts 42.

Central High, Greenberg Elementary, Penn Alexander, Girard Academic Music Program (middle school grades) and Carver Engineering and Science (middle school grades.) were top performers, according to the 2017-18 data released Wednesday

Parents organized to fund a library in a Fairmount school. But what about neighborhoods that can’t afford it?

“I signed my kids up for the same things those parents signed their kids up for: a free public education,” one parent said.

Two years after Penn State frat death, Greek life research center will rise in Tim Piazza’s honor

“We want Tim’s legacy to save others,” Jim Piazza said. “They can’t save Tim at this point, but to see them step up and take the lead, they can save others.”

L.A. teachers on strike; what does it mean for Philly?

“I said to my members, ‘What’s happening to Los Angeles teachers is what will happen here; don’t think that it won’t,'” PFT president Jerry Jordan said.

A Philly miracle: Amid closures, this elementary school is reopening its library

The Friends of Bache-Martin raised $90,000 to re-start the library that closed years ago amid budget cuts.

Removed in secret, hidden for years, Philly schools' art collection belongs in the public eye, officials now say

The school board has pledged, in a new policy, to hold onto the vast art collection permanently and aims to get it in front of students. Some works could return to school walls, and others might eventually show up in traveling exhibits.

Two years in, what’s the state of Kenney’s soda-tax funded pre-K program?

To date, over 4,000 3- and 4-year old Philadelphians have attended programs, at a cost of 38.4 million to the city. This year, there are 2,250 children in city-funded pre-K seats.