Philly Education Reporter Leaves For National Gig
— Benjamin Herold (@BenjaminBHerold) April 23, 2013
Along with the Inky’s Pulitzer-winning Kristen Graham, Herold has defined the ed beat in Philadelphia in recent years, pursuing stories about the likelihood of cheating on standardized tests during the reign of former (and late) Supt. Arlene Ackerman. That reporting helped pull the thread that held Philly’s self-delusion together: Hey, the district may have its faults, but at least we’re improving according to widely accepted standards. Turns out we weren’t, and the district is now reckoning with its decades of failures. Hopefully, we’ll still have reporters on the beat who can keep the spotlight on.