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WATCH: High School Graduation Erupts in “Shake It Off” Flash Mob High school kids love Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” A little over a week ago a school in Cinnaminson shared with the world a video they […]


107,000 Teens and Young Adults With Nothing to Do

Nearly 20 percent of Philadelphians aged 16-24 are neither enrolled in school or working. That’s about 46,000 teens and young adults with not a lot […]

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Philly Schools Closing at Noon Due to Heat

Too cool for school? Not today. Philadelphia public schools will close at noon today because of the heat, district officials announced this morning. The temperature […]

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Officials Prepare for Drop in Grad Rate

We’ve long known that state and local ed officials are concerned about 2017, when a new standardized test — the Keystone Exams — are to […]


Surprise! Philly’s Commercial Property Taxes Are Pretty Damn Low

Study after study and politician after politician have said that Philadelphia’s taxes are way too high. But a new report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy […]

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PA Students Punished for Tweeting Criticism at Students Wearing Chick-fil-A Shirts

Fifteen students were suspended from Bangor Area High School after they took to Twitter to criticize two peers for wearing Chick-fil-A T-shirts during an LGBT event at […]


School Closings Are Hugely Controversial, But a New Study Suggests They Boost Student Performance

The two most polarizing words in Philadelphia education might be “portfolio model.” The phrase has induced hunger strikes, enraged Diane Ravitch and paved the way for two dozen Philadelphia public school […]

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Bethlehem Area School District Expands Non-Discrimination Policy to Protect Trans Students and Faculty

On Tuesday night, in the East Hills Middle School Auditorium, the Bethlehem Area School District board voted unanimously to add “gender identity and gender expression” to […]

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PA High School Students Organize “Anti-Gay Day” in Response to National Day of Silence

McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania made headlines over the weekend when a group of students organized an “Anti-Gay Day’ in direct retaliation to the LGBT youth-supportive National Day […]


The Debate: Should Philly Schools Crack Down on Prom Dress Code?

If you’ve been to any mall in the past few weeks, you know that it’s officially here. Prom season. The telltale signs are everywhere: stuffed dressing rooms from which emanate screeches […]

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3 Ways William Hite’s Action Plan 3.0 Could Revitalize Philadelphia Schools

After two years spent slashing programs, closing schools, and laying off thousands of workers, Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite on Wednesday declared a victory of […]


Inside Take: Philly’s Next Great Public Space? Schoolyards.

(This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Over the past seven years, Philadelphians have witnessed a public space renaissance. No longer are apocalyptic […]


The Brief: Doug Oliver Doubles Down on Being Vague

Last night, I interviewed long-shot mayoral candidate Doug Oliver at Venturef0rth as part of Citified’s new Candidate Conversations series. Going into the Q&A, my big question was: […]

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Founder Leaving Philly School Newspaper The Notebook

Paul Socolar, the editor/publisher of Philadelphia school publication The Notebook, is leaving the publication. A transition committee has been formed to find his successor. It […]

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Overbrook High Could Have a Real Biology Teacher by Friday

Last Wednesday, we reported that Overbrook High School hadn’t been teaching biology this school year, because they were unable to find a replacement for their […]