Philly overhauls selective admissions policy in bid to be antiracist

All students who qualify, based on criteria including their grades and attendance, will now be selected from a lottery, rather than giving principals the final say from among a larger pool of eligible students. For five of the city’s most selective schools, preference will be given to students from zip codes that historically have sent few students to them. | From: Chalkbeat Philadelphia (Read more.)

Community and Family

Philly School District and Big Brothers Big Sisters host first ever student Pride

In a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (BBBS Independence), LGBTQ+ students got a chance to celebrate their identities at the district’s first youth Pride celebration on Sept. 23 at district headquarters. The event was open to all students district-wide, and drew about 150 people. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)