March 17, 1988 |
An alternative education program that keeps potential drop-outs, pregnant teens, drug users and problem kids in school has been saved - at least temporarily - from the budget ax of the Wissahickon school board. After much discussion Monday night, board directors agreed to ask five neighboring school districts to pay full tuition costs for their students who participate in the program. The district houses the program at Wissahickon High School and pays the salaries of the program's three part-time teachers.
January 7, 2013 |
A Bala Cynwyd alternative-education company under federal investigation has been warned it could lose its approval for a disciplinary school in Reading because it allegedly is not complying with state and federal laws. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has told the for-profit Delaware Valley High School it has begun proceedings to revoke its approval because the school did not provide required academic and counseling programs and failed to address violent incidents that endanger students and staff.
August 8, 2013 |
The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania is expected to ask the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday to conduct a civil rights investigation into the placement of Pennsylvania students in state-funded alternative-education programs. The complaint being lodged with the civil rights division alleges that school districts across the state are removing a disproportionately high number of African American students and those with special needs from their regular schools and placing them in "educationally inferior" alternative-education programs, including disciplinary schools.
July 22, 2004 |
For the first time, the Philadelphia School District is offering an alternative education program for students in the primary grades, announcing yesterday that behavioral services will be offered to violent and disruptive third and fourth graders. The district has several alternative placement programs for students from fifth through 12th grades, but the service is now authorized for students as young as 8 and 9 years old. "This is brand new for the district," Gwen Morris, the district's executive director of transitional and alternative education, told the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
January 26, 2013 |
The Reading School District is cutting its ties with an embattled alternative-education firm in Bala Cynwyd. Reading's school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to terminate a $1.1 million contract with Delaware Valley High School to operate a disciplinary school for troubled students as of Feb. 6. "We are acting in the best interest of our students," the district said in a statement Thursday. "We have a transition plan in place for our alternative education services, and that will be communicated to our parents and students.
April 28, 2002 |
The North Penn and Souderton Area School Districts sit side by side in eastern Montgomery County. Their students are mostly middle and upper-middle class. Both districts have paid millions in contract and transportation costs in the last decade to send their violent, their troubled, their disruptive students outside district boundaries for alternative-education programs, sometimes to Philadelphia or as far as Lehigh County. But when each began planning for local alternative education - to begin this September - their paths diverged.
June 18, 2009 |
The Philadelphia School District is poised to expand programs that deal with dropouts or students in danger of dropping out while it reduces the number of spots for students with discipline problems. If a recommendation made to the School Reform Commission yesterday is approved next week, the district will more than double the seats in its alternative-education program, from 1,275 to 2,755 next year, and cut the number of disciplinary seats by nearly a third, from 3,150 to 2,240.
October 24, 2012 |
A former employee of an embattled alternative-education company has denied the owner's allegations that he and five other former staffers tried to incite students to commit violence at a campus in Reading last month. Andre Bean, the former regional director of Delaware Valley High School and former director of the for-profit company's site in Reading, said David T. Shulick's claims in court documents last month were false, "ridiculous," "wild," and "defamatory. " "We have not contacted any current or former students of DVHS Reading," Bean said in a filing in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Friday.
April 27, 2014 |
Without a $216 million cash infusion, the Philadelphia School District faces yet another unthinkable situation in September - class sizes as big as 41, layoffs of more than 1,000 employees, and further cuts to special education services, nurses, and other basics already in short supply. "Short of that $216 million, our schools will go from insufficient to empty shells that do not represent what I consider a functioning school," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said at a grim Friday news conference introducing the district's 2014-15 budget: a $2.8 billion plan that keeps the status quo. The $216 million is a floor that buys only what the district has right now, Hite said, but he is requesting $440 million to improve the schools' bare-bones conditions.
February 21, 2014 |
THE U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil-rights investigation into the Pennsylvania Department of Education's program for disruptive students, the Daily News has learned. The probe was prompted by a complaint last August from the Center City nonprofit Education Law Center alleging that the statewide Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) program had a disproportionate number of African-American students and students with disabilities. Deborah Gordon Klehr, a senior staff attorney with the law center, said that as a result of state policies, "school districts across Pennsylvania are discriminating . . . through the misuse of the AEDY program.