Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Avi Wolfman-Arent joined WHYY in December 2014. Prior to that he covered nonprofits for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and education technology for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Avi first took a shine to radio at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He earned his undergraduate degree at Haverford College and grew up in the D.C. area. Despite the latter he’s a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, devoting an unhealthy portion of his conscious thought to the Sixers, Phillies, and Eagles. He lives in South Philadelphia.

Latest by Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads


Advocates sue Pa. officials, say they failed to catch major problems at nation’s oldest reform school

“If we as a state are going to take children...into our custody because they have done something wrong, we have an obligation to treat them, as if we were their parents.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Real estate agents join the push for education funding in Pa.

“Southeast Pennsylvania gets hits particularly hard by the inequities in state funding...the property value in those districts are negatively impacted because of the higher taxes."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Wolf’s plan to boost teacher salaries faces bipartisan skepticism in state House

“I am concerned with that ripple effect. Someone’s going to have to come up with the money to cover those additional salary increases.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Northwest Philly grandma, hidden civil rights hero still coaching and fighting

Lurline Jones just keeps doing what she does. She agitates for equal treatment. And she coaches.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

The death of cyber charter schools in Pa.?

A proposal would require a family to pay out-of-pocket tuition to attend a cyber charter school if their home district offers a “cyber-based program equal in scope
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Gov. Wolf calls for salary boost for many rural teachers in new budget

“Our government has failed to address this injustice."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Meet the ‘crazy’ moms saying one of Pa.’s top-rated school districts can’t teach reading

"I moved to the number one school district in the state. I want them to teach my kid to read the right way.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach sues woman who accused him of sexual assault

The lawsuit says the repeated accusations have “materially affected” Leach’s ability to serve as a state senator and caused his wife to suffer health issues due to “the stress of the highly humiliating and public false attacks.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

New education leaders in Pa. Legislature seek to reduce role of state tests, increase accountability for cyber charters

“There is a sense that the pendulum has swung too far and we need to do more to allow our educators to be innovative."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Principal turnover highest in Pa. cities, study says

School leaders may be getting whiter, too
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads