July 15, 2015 |
If Pennsylvania closed gaps in student achievement, the payoff would be enormous, according to a study released Monday. Had the Commonwealth wiped out achievement shortfalls based on race and ethnicity, family economic status, and parental education a decade ago, its gross domestic product would be as much as $44 billion higher and its students would sit near the top of U.S. and world rankings, according to the analysis by the RAND Corp. The study, commissioned by Temple University's Center on Regional Politics, found that each group of Pennsylvania students stands to gain up to $5.1 billion in lifetime income earnings and overall benefit to society if graduation-rate gaps fall away.
June 5, 2015 |
WINNING A single Triple Crown race for a horse trainer is just like winning any golf major or any championship in any team sport. No matter what else happens in a career, only one trophy in horse racing's marquee series is a forever moment. Bob Baffert has won 11 Triple Crown races since 1997 - the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes once. To put in perspective how dominant Baffert's stable has been since Silver Charm won the '97 Derby, consider that he has won nearly 20 percent of all Triple Crown races since then (11 of 56)
May 30, 2015 |
Portman schools Harvard Without risk, there's no accomplishment, Natalie Portman told undergrads in a speech at her alma mater, Harvard, on Wednesday. Portman said she had no idea how "woefully unprepared" she was for her role in Black Swan , which earned her an Oscar. "The point is, if I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk," she said. "And the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements. " The film didn't just earn her a prize.
March 17, 2015 |
In Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard's first 18 months at the helm of Camden's state-run school district, his administration restarted the Safe Corridors program to help kids walk to school, added teacher-support systems such as one-on-one coaching, ushered in new technology, and increased pre-K enrollment to 96 percent. Rouhanifard has often said the greatest challenges lie ahead: improving school curriculum, test scores, and graduation rates and better preparing the city's students for jobs and higher education.
December 9, 2014 |
ON A DAY when there should have been trumpets and applause for LeSean McCoy, there was only wailing and gnashing of teeth. On the day when he passed Wilbert Montgomery to become the Eagles' all-time rushing leader, all McCoy could think about was his disappointing performance in the Eagles' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Fifty yards on 17 carries and a killer fumble on the first play of the second half that teed up seven points for the Seahawks. "That was a huge turnover," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the game.
November 1, 2014
LOGAN COHEN, 24, of Malvern, is co-founder and COO of ed-tech startup Kudzoo. The company built a mobile app that rewards students, aged 13 and older, for their grades and achievements with deals and opportunities. Cohen also teaches a weekly entrepreneurship class for 14-to-16-year-olds at the Science Leadership Academy. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Kudzoo? A: My co-founder, Trevor Wilkins, came up with it to reward students for academic achievement. It started as discounts and deals and we wanted to see what would get kids excited and it evolved into an app. Q: The startup money?
October 14, 2014 |
When they hear the word adoption, people often think of babies. However, the majority of children in need of permanent homes are school-age, and many are teenagers. Among them is Jordan. At 15, he is handsome, attentive, and well-mannered, and takes pride in his appearance. He also excels in sports, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and gets a kick out of testing his skills at video games. Jordan's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti with meatballs, rice and beans, and salads.
October 14, 2014 |
With his time in office growing shorter, Mayor Nutter on Monday will make his case that his administration's seven-year focus on urban planning has left Philadelphia a more vibrant, first-tier city that has yet to peak. Touting the rewritten zoning code, a new comprehensive development plan, and the Planning Commission's return to primacy in development matters, Nutter will argue that the framework is set for the city's continued growth as a model urban center. He will do so in a speech to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, which invited the mayor to offer his assessment of the last seven years.
September 29, 2014 |
Last week I praised President Obama's important speech at the United Nations that urged world leaders to reject "the cancer of violent extremism. " But, like many Americans, I voiced concern about whether his strategy - including bombing ISIS and al-Qaeda targets in Syria - could achieve his objectives. I promised to examine this question in a subsequent column, so here goes. First, the president had no choice but to organize a global campaign against ISIS. We can debate whether he could have prevented the group's rise had he armed moderate Syrian rebels two years ago, as all of his top security team advised, but that is water under the bridge.
September 22, 2014 |
After each of Darren Sproles' two touchdowns with the Eagles this season, he pointed to the back of his jersey. Sproles wanted to send a message to those who undervalued him or underappreciated him: He turned his back on whoever turned their backs on him. "It's just telling some people that I still have it," Sproles said. "It's still me. That's the reason I do it. " The message is not just to the New Orleans Saints, who traded Sproles to the Eagles during the offseason. It's been a theme for much of Sproles' life as a football player.