September 15, 2009 |
Taylor Frome looked forward to teaching scores of high-school dropouts who decided to turn over a new leaf this fall by getting their GEDs. But she may not get the chance now that funding for her North Philadelphia alternative school has been cut by the school district, which has canceled or put on hold contracts with alternative-school providers across the city. The district's chief business officer, Michael Masch, blamed the state budget impasse for the funding glitch and said that funding for the accelerated diploma programs likely will be restored pending the outcome from Harrisburg.
January 11, 1990 |
A request to permit an alternative day school for troubled teenagers was unanimously approved Monday night by the Middletown Township Zoning Hearing Board. The school, which serves the Neshaminy, Bristol Township, Pennsbury and Morrisville School Districts, will use a room, two bathrooms and an office in the Brethren Church of Fairless Hills on Hoe Road in Highland Park, Levittown, according to Bernard G. Hoffman, deputy superintendent for the Neshaminy School District. It will serve as a classroom for students who have had trouble with alcohol or drug abuse and need to be taken out of the regular school environment temporarily to deal with their problems, Hoffman said.
September 12, 1990 |
Vincent Phillips described the new alternative school program at Rancocas Valley Regional High School as a game of tug of war. "We might have to get dragged into the mud a bit, but eventually we'll get them over to the other side," said Phillips, an English and math teacher who will head this year's new program at the high school. Alternative schools are for students who disrupt regular classes. Typically, these students are frequently absent, cause discipline problems and have repeated several grades in school.
April 11, 2000 |
The Philadelphia School District has completed negotiations on a five-year deal with a private, for-profit company to run an alternative school for disruptive students in the city, beginning in the fall. The school, to be run by Community Education Partners Inc., which also operates schools in Texas, plans to start with 600 middle and high school students and grow to 1,500 by April, according to the contract signed by district and company officials. It likely will not be ready to open in September, but rather later in the fall, Board President Pedro Ramos said yesterday after a school board meeting.
September 24, 1998 |
After waiting six years and spending nearly $2 million, Middletown residents will finally get some use out of the 150-year-old Moon barn. Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to lease the township-owned barn, on Langhorne-Yardley Road, for 10 years to Youth Services of Bucks County, a private nonprofit organization that educates troubled youngsters. Youth Services will renovate the barn for use as an alternative school for about 40 students. Initially, 25 of them will come from the Neshaminy School District.
May 19, 2012 |
An alternative school in South Philadelphia was evacuated this morning after a staff member reported smelling acrid fumes. Some 25 students spilled from the Ombudsman South Accelerated School, on the 2700 block of S. Front Street, about 10:40 a.m. as officials called the fire department. One student was taken to Methodist Hospital for chest pains, and two other students were went home early after reporting they did not feel well, said district spokeswoman Deirdre Darragh. Darragh said an inspector traced the fumes to the school's air-conditioning system.
February 8, 2013 |
When Miguelina Rodriguez walks into an alternative school program at an East Camden church for the start of the semester Thursday, she will pick up books and return home. No teachers will be there to help with a math equation, or classmates to study with. The Community Education Resource Network (CERN) has shut its in-house alternative program at Bethel United Methodist Church for lack of funding. It will support home schooling, but even that is on the verge of extinction. Townsend Press in Berlin has donated take-home material, but CERN founder Angel Cordero said the core of the program depends on students receiving face-to-face instruction.
November 8, 1992 |
Though Lansdale officials have come out against a plan to put an alternative school in an empty building on Main Street, the agency that proposed the school is moving ahead anyway. Ted Wachtel, executive director of Community Services Foundation Inc. (CSF), said he was waiting to find out whether his bid to purchase the former Feldi's Furniture store would be accepted. If it is, Wachtel will go to the borough's Zoning Hearing Board in an attempt to have the parking requirements for the building waived.
June 22, 1997 |
A proposed charter high school for drug- and alcohol-dependent teenagers, which only months ago seemed dead in the water, has been resuscitated by a plan to fold it into Gloucester County's alternative school. Earlier this year, the state Department of Education turned down an application by Mary Cormier of Marlton to open the Gloucester County Charter High School for students in the ninth through 12th grades who are recovering from bouts with substance abuse. State officials said they liked the idea, but wondered if it could best be incorporated into an existing alternative-school setting.
March 2, 1998 |
A proposal to establish a charter school in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District apparently did not die with last summer's approval of the $25 million renovation project at Strath Haven High School. The Partnership for Alternatives in Education, a Swarthmore-based parents group that promoted a magnet or charter high school last year, said it was now focusing on the possibility of establishing a second middle school in the 3,400-student district. The partnership will sponsor a forum on charter schools at 7:30 p.m. next Monday in the library of Strath Haven Middle School, 200 S. Providence Rd. Lisa O'Brien of Swarthmore, a former school board member and spokeswoman for the group, said the forum would provide an update on what is happening with charter schools in Pennsylvania.