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If you want to understand the state of a water ecosystem, look to the frogs. What you’ll find, sadly, is not good news. The world as we know it is undergoing what Kim Lengel, the Philadelphia Zoo’s vice president for Education and Conservation, calls a “global amphibious crisis.” “Amphibians are disappearing at a faster rate … Continue reading The Citizen Recommends: Water—An Essay Contest
At no other time in my career has educational work been so difficult for teachers. Their resolve and dedication are tested every day. Though Philadelphia teachers are strongly committed to helping children succeed in school, teaching is hard work. Instead of instructing children how to read, write, and solve math problems, teachers face a challenge … Continue reading Desperate for Help
Elections, they say, have consequences. So the news that one of the first orders of business for newly elected Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was to dismiss dozens of employees was something to be expected—anywhere but in Philadelphia. Here, the idea that an incoming elected official cleaned house has created a bit of a controversy. … Continue reading Guest Commentary: Elections Have Consequences