Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Avi Wolfman-Arent joined WHYY in December 2014. Prior to that he covered nonprofits for the Chronicle of Philanthropy and education technology for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Avi first took a shine to radio at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He earned his undergraduate degree at Haverford College and grew up in the D.C. area. Despite the latter he’s a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, devoting an unhealthy portion of his conscious thought to the Sixers, Phillies, and Eagles. He lives in South Philadelphia.

Latest by Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads


Philly to buy laptops for needy students for virtual classes during shutdown

The unprecedented effort involves giving out devices currently used only in schools, as well as working with corporations and others to procure more as needed.
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Schools across Pa. are wary of offering online instruction during coronavirus closures

"All of a sudden, somewhat of a trainwreck happened.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Updated: March 19, 2020 | 4:25 pm

Pa. cancels standardized testing because of coronavirus

Amid all the news about coronavirus and school closures, here’s one nugget that may have gotten lost: Pennsylvania students may not take standardized tests this year.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

‘Friends’ of public education? Study examines ‘paradox’ behind Philly school fundraising groups

Researchers say there is a central paradox embedded in these “Friends of” groups, which have burst onto the scene in many wealthy or gentrifying parts of Philadelphia.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Cancer-stricken teacher settles with Philly school district for $850k

Philadelphia’s teachers union heavily publicized Lea DiRusso’s diagnosis last fall, accelerating a public pressure campaign that has resulted in 10 Philadelphia schools being temporarily closed this school year alone.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Budget turmoil at Philly’s second-largest charter school — but officials keep quiet about why

It’s the kind of financial and administrative turmoil that would draw major headlines at a large, traditional school district.
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads


Forget Penn and Pitt: Is this little-known school the best deal in Pa. higher-ed?

The Delaware County Technical Schools Practical Nursing Program is, at heart, a quick-turn program that trains students to become licensed practical nurses.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Thanks to this program for teachers, a distinctive Philly diner will live on after its closure

Since its inception, the fund has distributed about 500 grants of $500 or less.
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Trump, Pence put Pennsylvania at the center of their school-choice push

West Philadelphia isn’t exactly a Republican stronghold, but it’s suddenly at the center of the Trump administration’s push to expand school choice.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads
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