Kristen Graham is the urban education writer, with a focus on the Philadelphia School District and issues facing schools in cities across the region and beyond.

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CHOP lab recommends Philly-area schools close amid coronavirus surge. Some say they’re staying put.

There is “increasing evidence” of transmission in schools around the area — and possibly more than is known as contact tracing efforts falter, said David Rubin, director of the CHOP PolicyLab.

Another Philly school board member is resigning; mayor must now replace a third of the board

Lee Huang, the third board member to resign, will remain until his replacement is sworn in. It’s unlikely any new members will be seated until February or March.

Citing surge in COVID-19, Philly schools reverse reopening plan; will continue virtual instruction until further notice

Students in grades Pre-K through 2 were supposed to return to school Nov. 30, and teachers in those grades were scheduled to return to classrooms Monday. Now, they will remain home indefinitely.

Less than a third of eligible Philly students have opted to return to school

“We think that in-person education for our children is extremely important, and we think we should do it, even if the risk isn’t zero,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said.

Philly schools won’t reopen to teachers Monday as planned

PFT president Jerry Jordan told Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. that he did not want the district’s prekindergarten through second-grade students back in buildings because of a COVID-19 surge.

Voters across Pennsylvania find themselves consumed with Election Day fear and anxiety

It was a day when political pleadings were scrawled on the pavement in chalk and carried through the sky on airplane banners.

Philly’s Nov. 30 back-to-school plan threatened by rising COVID-19 cases

“We’re preparing for all scenarios, a scenario that will allow for us to bring some children back, a scenario that would allow for all children to remain virtual,” the superintendent said.

School board gets details on Philly reopening, earful from public

With a stock of old buildings and a shaky history of building maintenance, the school system has a daunting job getting buildings ready, officials said.

Philly teachers avert strike with tentative deal for one-year contract

PFT President Jerry Jordan said the district had engaged in “a reprehensible ploy to try to get us to swiftly agree to a half-baked safety plan.”