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February 23, 2024 3:08 pm

Philadelphia hopes year-round schooling can catch kids up to grade level – will it make a difference?

Upon becoming mayor of Philadelphia, Cherelle Parker announced that she will establish a working group on full-day and year-round schooling – an idea she had supported while campaigning. The group will develop a strategy to keep Philadelphia public schools open for longer hours during the week, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as over the summer, and to provide “meaningful, instructive out-of-school programming and job opportunities for students.”

Philadelphia tax break program fails to deliver hoped-for benefits to students

These tax breaks are a lynchpin of Keystone Opportunity Zones, a 25-year-old state program that officials say spurs development on abandoned or underutilized land by waiving nearly all state and local taxes, including business and property taxes, in the zones for up to 10 years. Pennsylvania says the program is a strong economic development strategy. But by the district’s own estimate, the zones have cost Philadelphia public schools $59.9 million since 2017.