Kristen A. Graham, Philly Inquirer

Kristen A. Graham

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Recent articles by Kristen:

Substitute teachers in high demand for districts trying to fill vacancies in pandemic

Across the region, substitute teachers are in high demand as school districts scramble to find replacements to fill in for regular teachers who are reluctant to return to class because of COVID-19. → Read More

Philadelphia school board reverses itself, approves Hilco tax break

After voting it down in August, the school board switched course and approved a key tax break for a developer redeveloping the former South Philadelphia refinery. → Read More

18,000 Philly school families still lack reliable internet; board hears of coming financial pain

“This is a call to action," Otis Hackney, the city’s chief education officer, → Read More

Friends' Central teacher abused student, lawsuit alleges

The boy, who is not named in the suit, told his parents he had been scared to tell them because he was afraid of getting in more trouble with his teacher. → Read More

As virtual school year begins, frustrated parents are pushing school boards to reconsider

Many parents are adamant that online instruction isn’t working for children and families — and pleading with school boards to consider bringing students back to school as soon as possible. → Read More

Hite answers principals' no confidence petition; district launches equity work

"I think we are dealing with COVID, we’re dealing with trauma that our families are experiencing. We don’t need to be disrupted around things that people disagree with," Hite said. → Read More

Another PFT contract deadline passes; no deal, but ‘significant progress’

“Negotiations have been fruitful in securing critical COVID related protections for children and educators, and we are also making gains on the topic of wages,” PFT president Jerry Jordan said. → Read More

School schedules are all over the place. More families are opting out.

Previously, parents hadn't expressed much interest in homeschooling, one program director said. “Now it’s like the school system has changed," she said. “We are moving into a different norm.” → Read More

Eagles fans find a way to celebrate, despite COVID (and a loss): ‘It’s a little sense of normalcy’

“We’re bringing Eagles nation together. And right now, we want just to get to the other side of COVID,” said Rocco Gallelli, owner of Innovative Catering Concepts. → Read More

Philly principals’ union declares 'no confidence’ in Hite

It is a dramatic, unprecedented step for the union, whose members have not traditionally been vocal in criticizing district leadership. → Read More

Philly Catholic high school teachers, Archdiocese have a tentative deal

The 500 members of the Association of Catholic teachers will consider the new deal at a membership meeting Friday afternoon. → Read More

‘Our kids need consistency now’: Philly will soon move some teachers out of their schools. Advocates are angry.

“The worst thing that you could probably do right now is to snatch teachers away from kids,” one principal said. “Our kids need consistency now.” → Read More

Small raise, but layoffs if COVID affects enrollment: Philly Catholic HS teachers consider terms

“It would only be adopted if the enrollment dropped by more than 3%, a high threshold,” Archdiocese spokesperson Ken Gavin said in a statement. → Read More

Philly students head back to class, virtually; education leaders demand more funding

“How are we going to afford all these things when we can’t even get a window open in Lowell Elementary School?” Weingarten said. “When we don’t even have soap in bathrooms?” → Read More

Philly-area children, parents, and teachers brace for a school year unlike any other

As schools reopen, The Inquirer talked to students, parents, teachers and other school staff from around the region about their thoughts about the year to come. → Read More

As schools reopen virtually, parents scramble for daycare options

As schools prepare to reopen with remote instruction or hybrid models, camps, gyms, dance studios and skating rinks are setting up virtual learning centers for parents trying to manage childcare. → Read More

Philly school board rejects tax break for Hilco’s redevelopment of the former refinery site

In a surprise move, the Philadelphia school board rejected the mayor's proposal to extend an important tax break to Hilco's refinery redevelopment project, → Read More

Why was a Philly curriculum director working two jobs?

Tracy Ocasio was double dipping. She never resigned her prior full-time job, as chief academic officer in the Columbus, Ohio school system. → Read More

Many private schools are planning to open in person as public schools are stuck online

Some private school leaders say they are seeing heightened interest from parents seeking alternatives to their districts' virtual learning programs. → Read More

A $10M pledge to get more Philly Black, Latinx people, women in STEM careers

Women make up half the college-educated workforce but 28% of the STEM workforce; Black, Latinx and Native Americans are 27% of the adult population, but 11% of the science and engineering workforce. → Read More