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In Pa., less than 5% of teachers are people of color; the lack of diversity is hurting kids and schools

The gap between the state’s students of color (33 percent) and teachers of color remains among the most disparate in the country.

By Ivey DeJesus/PennLive

How 30 years of broken promises, false starts led to another Philly asbestos closure

Teachers from Franklin Learning Center allege that their colleagues have developed myriad diseases due to poor building conditions that the district has “repeatedly ignored.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

‘Revolutionary’ principal goes all-in on quest for more black teachers

In Pennsylvania, as of 2018, less than 3 percent of teachers are African American, and barely 1 percent are African American males.

By Dale Mezzacappa/Philadelphia Public School Notebook

‘Shooting people is deescalation’: Three days with teachers training to use guns in schools

Arming teachers to prevent or lessen the death toll of mass shootings is a controversial proposition, and the training teachers receive before being authorized to carry guns in the classroom is one of the biggest sources of debate.

By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

When it comes to grading teachers in Pa., test scores could carry less weight

“I think it will ensure greater creativity and innovation for teachers to do best what they do in the classroom – to creatively instruct."
By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Harrisburg school board election: Voters speak for change. Will state beat them to the punch?

“Anybody who would let things get so bad that they’re threatening (state) receivership is not doing a good job."
By Charles Thompson/PennLive

Harrisburg tops the state in teacher turnover: Five former teachers explain why

“The teachers are the ones attempting to do the right thing. But if they get no support, what good are you?”
By Christine Vendel/PennLive

Equity advocates criticize Wolf’s plan to boost teacher salaries in Pa.

“I do not believe that a $22,000 starting salary is fair for someone who’s in charge of educating your children.”
By Jen Kinney/Keystone Crossroads

Erie school nurse says she loves her job, but the salary is ‘like a nightmare’

Bridgette May has a salary under $45,000 a year.
By Ed Mahon

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
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