November 4, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. called on defense witnesses yesterday to try to shift responsibility for some of the federal government's fraud and theft charges against him to others. One witness said it was lawyer David T. Shulick, owner of a company that got $4.5 million in school district contracts to operate several Delaware Valley High School campuses in 2010, who had the ultimate responsibility for what federal prosecutors called "false budgets" at one of the for-profit company's schools.
October 28, 2015 |
IN A CONVERSATION recorded by an undercover FBI agent, Chaka Fattah Jr. called part of a budget submitted to the Philadelphia School District for an alternative school run by a for-profit company "bulls---. " Fattah had worked for the now-defunct, for-profit alternative-education company Delaware Valley High School, at times serving as its chief operating officer. The $170,000 for "benefits" in the budget? "This entire line is bulls---," Fattah told investigators with the Office of the Inspector General for the school district in a March 2, 2012, meeting.
April 16, 2015 |
DRUMMERS sounded out the beats of protest across the street from the Norman Blumberg public-housing projects yesterday. Colorful flags, including the red-green-and-black flag of the African Liberation movement, hung from the community-built "earthship" - a hut made of earth, old tires and other recycled materials. The hut sits at the edge of the newly fenced-off North Philly Peace Park. The earthship is a handmade "community center" serving as an alternative school for a neighborhood that has seen two nearby schools - Roberts Vaux High and Gen. John F. Reynolds Elementary - close recently.
February 5, 2015 |
When Mandy Edwards tells people that she has a 17-year-old son and a 5-month-old daughter, they assume the second baby was an accident. But they have it all wrong. It was the first pregnancy, the one that happened when Mandy was just 19 - a college sophomore, part-time model, and aspiring music writer - that was unplanned. It took five drugstore test kits and an ultrasound to convince her that she was actually pregnant. "When I found out I was going to have this baby, that changed things," she says.
July 4, 2014 |
The attendance officer at Arise Academy Charter High School in West Oak Lane was concerned when a junior with spotless attendance missed school. Administrators made calls and found out that the agency that runs the group home where Affrika Clarke, 18, lived had abruptly moved her and her housemates in May to a motel in Fort Washington because of bedbugs. But the group home but would not transport her to school from the new location. So principal Taneisha Spall and another administrator picked up Clarke and drove her back and forth for a few days until she returned to her group home in Germantown.
May 19, 2014 |
You'd be hard-pressed to find a college not offering online courses. Some are cheap alternatives to traditional schooling. Here are some things to consider about inexpensive distance learning. Coursera offers free online access to hundreds of college courses from Yale, Peking University, Penn State and 106 other institutions of higher learning. That's impressive, but can you get real credit for taking a course on Coursera? Yes, in a way. Within a few weeks of starting a course, you can decide to opt for Signature Tracking.
April 27, 2014 |
CHESTER A vacant 1930s-era school is about to gain new life as an upscale apartment building in the City of Chester, according to a Chester Upland School District official. The Wetherill School, a classic stone building on East 24th Street, recently was sold at auction for $200,000 to Best Homes Co. of Glenolden, which plans to undertake the conversion, Chester Upland Solicitor Leo A. Hackett said Thursday. Two other vacant school district structures also have been auctioned. "That building is a fortress," he said, adding that the project would be a massive undertaking.
April 10, 2014 |
A GROUP OF current and former students launched a campaign yesterday to identify peers they claim have been pushed out of Philadelphia public schools through closings or cutbacks to key programs. Youth United for Change said the closure of 24 schools last year, combined with cuts to the school district's Re-Engagement Center and slots in accelerated schools, has left students who drop out with few options. "Being pushed out is unfair," said YUC member Maury Elliott, a former Simon Gratz High student who briefly re-enrolled in an alternative school.
June 25, 2013 |
When Natalie Hawtin arrived in Philadelphia from Michigan with her teaching degree in 2010, she dropped by a school in Center City and was captivated by the students and staff. Even after she landed another job in the School District, Hawtin would stroll past Greenfield Elementary School at Chestnut and 22d Streets, point to a third-story window, and say: "One day I'm going to teach there. " Hawtin's dream came true, and she began teaching second grade at Greenfield in September.
May 18, 2013 |
Shayla Evermon-Muniz, a student at Nebinger School, was vocal in more ways than one at City Hall on Thursday morning. After singing Mariah Carey's "Hero" outside City Council chambers, Shayla, 10, talked about how education has accommodated her love for arts and music. If those programs were cut from the Philadelphia public schools, "I would never come back to school," she said. "Music is a big part of my life, and so is drawing. " Shayla and two other students joined civic activists to push for more funding for the Philadelphia School District.