Evan Grossman - Watchdog.org

Evan is a Pennsylvania-based education reporter for Watchdog.org. An Emmy Award-winning documentary writer, his work has also appeared on RollingStone.com, MensJournal.com, in the pages of the New York Post, and other outlets. His investigative work covering the School District of Philadelphia for Watchdog has been picked up by FOX News, NBC10 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Magazine, PhillyVoice.com and BillyPenn.com, and his series chronicling "ghost teachers" in Philadelphia led to the introduction of a law that would outlaw the practice of pulling teachers from the classroom to work full-time for the local teachers union. Follow him on Twitter @EGwatchdog or email Evan at [email protected] with tips.

Another budget battle looms for Pennsylvania schools

By   /  June 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Special education funding is on the rise while scores remain stagnant.

Are more Pennsylvania school budget woes ahead? And do schools have part of the answer in their own bank accounts? After districts borrowed more than $700 million to keep schools open during the nine-month budget impasse that froze state funding for most of the school year, more than one-third of Pennsylvania’s 500 districts indicate they […]

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Reading charter school says it was ‘bullied’ by district

By   /  June 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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School officials claim the Reading School District violated state and federal laws in revoking its charter.

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Construction, teachers unions win in Philadelphia’s soda tax tussle

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Education, News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments


Mayor Jim Kenney’s political allies stand to benefit from the city’s new soda tax.

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Why Erie might close its high schools

By   /  June 16, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

EQUALITY FOR ALL?: Could funding Albany charters just as much as traditional public schools have fixed their financial woes?

Even with the passage of a school funding formula, the district could still go broke.

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New bill to bust ‘ghost teachers’ advances

By   /  June 7, 2016  /  Education, Labor, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments


A proposed law would severely limit the number of teachers permitted to leave the classroom to work for their unions on school time.

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Is this Pennsylvania’s worst school district?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Education, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments


The Pittsburgh-area Penn Hills School District is under investigation for a series of costly and possibly criminal financial decisions.

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