For decades, taking textbooks home has not been an option at many Philadelphia high schools. Teachers distributed textbooks to students for in-class instruction but then collected them, protecting the books from students who might not return them if given the opportunity to take the texts home.
Albert Bichner has been named Interim Deputy Chief Academic Office, replacing Creg Williams, who in February accepted the superintendent post at St. Louis Public Schools. A former Northeast High principal, Bichner returns to Philadelphia from the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in Delaware County, where he was principal of Strath Haven High School. . . .