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

Will this tweak in Pa. law send student test scores soaring?

“Teachers cannot educate a student who is not participating in the process. So those students’ scores should not be a reflection on the teacher.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Philly charter leader says district offered ‘backdoor’ deal for neighborhood high school

Did Philadelphia school officials try to hand over one of their neighborhood high schools to a charter operator?

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Citing technicality, central Pa. school district scraps first-of-kind policy to arm teachers

"It would be better to just cancel the whole thing, get rid of the lawsuits and start over and engage in an honest debate and conversation."
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Seven big takeaways for education in the new Pa. budget

There's more money for schools -- but not specifically for teacher salaries.
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads and Ed Mahon

For parents who work nights and weekends, study finds child care is especially difficult

Despite the apparent gap between supply and need, child care providers aren’t rushing to fill the void.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Citing ‘emergency’ repair needs, Democrats call for $125M for Pa. schools

State Sen. Vincent Hughes said the money would be used “solely for emergency repairs,” including issues regarding asbestos, HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, roofs, windows, or “other repairs or replacements that present a health or safety issue.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Is Flyers’ decision to erase Kate Smith a sign of the modern NHL?

Singer Kate Smith performed two songs in the 1930s that contained racist, anti-black lyrics.

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