Maddie Hanna, Philly Inquirer

Maddie Hanna

Philly Inquirer

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Recent articles by Maddie:

Philly-area students, alumni are demanding their schools address systemic racism

Schools are the latest institutions facing a reckoning over racism — a conversation led by high school students and recent graduates who say their educations on race stopped with To Kill a Mockingbird and the civil rights movement, and failed to explain the systemic racism underlying modern unrest. → Read More

‘They don’t look at us like students’: At board hearing, Philly students, advocates call for police-free schools

“They look at us like criminals,” Alison Fortenberry, a senior at the Julia R. Masterman school, said during a virtual board hearing. → Read More

Philly eyes school reopening plan that would stagger when students and staff come to schools

District officials said they are considering having students cycle into schools during morning and afternoon shifts, or on alternating days or weeks — with students learning remotely during the times they are not in school buildings. → Read More

Chester County school board president resigns after joke about George Floyd’s death

Karel Minor, president of the Owen J. Roberts School Board, said Wednesday night that an apology was "wholly inadequate." → Read More

Delaware County school board president apologizes for ‘tasteless’ Facebook posts

Leon Armour said his posts mocking Mexican immigrants and people claiming police mistreatment were "only meant to be humorous." → Read More

Caps in the air: Philly graduates 13,000 in virtual ceremony

“Trust me, we did not wait this long to give up," Girls' High graduating senior Hailey Molina told her fellow graduates. "It’s time to lift our hands to the sky, because look, we made it." → Read More

Head of Pa. charter schools group steps down after posting that Floyd protesters ‘disgust me’

Ana Meyers had apologized on Friday night for the comments, saying that "as the wife of a retired state trooper, my instinct was to defend the many good and honorable law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania." → Read More

Protest against police brutality: Philadelphians on why they marched

Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday to participate in a protest the death of George Floyd, speak out against police brutality, raise awareness about systemic racism and support the Black Lives Matter movement. → Read More

Thousands marching for George Floyd in Philly: ‘If you’re silent right now, you’re part of the problem’

The events mark the eighth-straight day of protests in the Philadelphia area over the death of George Floyd, killed by a Minneapolis police officer. → Read More

Severe storm that slammed Philly region was a derecho, killing at least 3 in the suburbs

The National Weather Service defines a derecho as a long-lasting thunderstorm with wind damage extending more than 240 miles and gusts of at least 58 mph along most of the storm’s path. → Read More

This West Philly neighborhood had been struggling to rebuild. Then the looting and violence arrived.

The outrage, violence looting and vandalism that shattered Center City on Saturday waited a day to spread to West Philly. This time, though, the damage came to a business corridor that serves a predominantly black neighborhood, one that had been in the midst of finding its footing. → Read More

Booker renews effort on Memorial Day to get names of 74 sailors added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The debate over honoring the sailors, including a 19-year-old from Philadelphia, who died in 1969 when the USS Frank E. Evans struck an Australian aircraft carrier during a wartime exercise, has been a years-long saga. → Read More

Why many Philly students aren’t logging on for school, and what that could mean for September

One teacher says 25 of his 90 students participate. Many who don't participate cite challenges related to working essential jobs, or taking care of siblings while parents are working long hours. Others know they won't be penalized for not logging on. → Read More

Judge says Chester Upland can consider possible takeover by charter schools

The order opened the door to what could be one of the widest charter expansions in Pennsylvania, and drew protest from advocates of traditional public education. → Read More

Cheltenham teachers got a new contract. But coronavirus could change the terms

The deal could serve as a model for other school districts negotiating with unions while facing uncertain budgets. → Read More

Drive-through diplomas, time slots for the stage: Schools revamp graduations amid pandemic

In New Jersey, where parents have circulated online petitions pleading for more traditional ceremonies, some superintendents have asked state legislators to allow in-person, socially-distant graduations. → Read More

Pa.’s top education official says he expects students to return to in-person learning in the fall

Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said the department would provide more information in the coming weeks on how it will prepare teachers and staff to transition back to school buildings. → Read More

N.J. schools closed for the rest of the year at Gov. Murphy’s order

The state joins Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York in keeping school buildings closed during the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Schools brace for budget cuts as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the economy

The economy’s rapid slide has created uncertainty for leaders who had prepared initial budgets for next year based on local and state revenues projected pre-coronavirus. Now, with businesses closed and unemployment skyrocketing — imperiling tax collections — no one is sure what to expect. → Read More

When coronavirus hit, schools moved online. Some students didn’t.

“If ever there’s a chance where the socioeconomic divide will widen, it’s in this environment. And we’re trying to mitigate that as best as we can,” said Richard Dunlap, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District. → Read More