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September 5, 1991
If there was ever an organization that has made a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth - motivating them to stay in school and get a college education - it is Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania. We were thus surprised last week to learn that the federal Department of Education was preparing to eliminate its contribution to this useful program. Aspira, from the Spanish word for aspire, is a national organization with chapters in Washington, Camden, Philadelphia and Puerto Rico that provides bilingual counseling and educational programs for Latino students.
NEWS
May 19, 1990 | By Mark Wagenveld, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the last two decades, it has worked to impress the importance of schooling on Latino and other minority youths, and last night Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania basked in tributes from political and other leaders as it celebrated a milestone. "You've been out there in the trenches 20 long years, trying to rescue young people and pointing them in the right direction," Mayor Goode said in saluting the group. Then, alluding to drugs and the forces pulling young people out of school, he warned, "We are on the verge in this city and throughout the country of losing a whole generation of young people, and we have to redouble our efforts to make sure that every person who can be saved, is saved.
NEWS
June 23, 1988 | BY ELLEN CASSEDY
Today is the last day at Olney High for Brenda Torres, 18, and she's bursting with plans and self-confidence. She's going to major in business administration at Community College - first in her family to go beyond high school - and open a travel agency some day. "I can do mostly anything I set my mind to," she says. Not every girl from Hunting Park is launched into adulthood full of hopes and dreams. Brenda's optimism stems in part from her involvement with ASPIRA, an organization dedicated to developing leadership among low-income Hispanic youth.
NEWS
June 7, 2016
YOUR RECENT editorial, " Charter Schools Office rightly exercising its power ," (May 23) demands a response in the interests of fairness. ASPIRA acknowledges the legitimate concerns of the School Reform Commission and the Charter Schools Office in taking all necessary steps to ensure renewed confidence in ASPIRA's business model and practices going forward. But these concerns have no bearing on ASPIRA's success in educating our community's students. Ours is a record of outstanding achievement.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | by Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
The head of Aspira Inc. of Philadelphia, a Latino educational organization, says the federal government has not renewed a $250,000 grant used to provide academic counseling for Latino high school students, and as a result, the 18- year-old organization will lay off one-third of its staff in the next two weeks. "It's going to be sad here," said Emanuel Ortiz, Aspira's executive director. "It's going to have a ripple effect in terms of our overall organization. " Ortiz said he expected to receive official word from the U.S. Department of Education in the next few days and that he planned to appeal the decision.
NEWS
April 13, 2002 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Latino educational organization that applied to manage 24 city schools said yesterday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission had not followed its own rules for selecting outside education managers. Leaders of Aspira Inc., which was among 10 finalists for managing schools, said the commission named six providers Wednesday even though finalists had been told that yesterday was the deadline for responding to commission questions. "We don't understand this process," Alfredo Calderon, Aspira's executive director, said yesterday.
NEWS
September 10, 1991 | by Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
Aspira of Pennsylvania Inc., a Latino educational organization facing federal cutbacks, is fighting back. Aspira supporters plan to demonstrate today at the regional offices of the U.S. Department of Education at 35th and Market streets to protest the decision not to renew a $250,000 grant for Aspira's popular high school counseling program. Funding ended Aug. 31. The grant made up about one-fourth of Aspira's annual budget, said Aspira's executive director, Emanuel Oritz.
NEWS
June 24, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
A GROUP OF WOMEN listens during "Las Mujeres Hablan," or "Women Speak," at Aspira, on North Sixth Street, that addressed issues affecting women. Topics at the gathering yesterday included AIDS, drugs, domestic violence and health and reproductive rights.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District on Thursday recommended that four charter schools with low test scores be shut down or taken over by others. But the changes would not be immediate. They require hearings, followed by votes by the School Reform Commission. Still, the recommendations by the district's charter school office are stark, and involve two powerful players in the city's charter world: Kenny Gamble's Universal Cos. and Aspira of Pennsylvania, which focuses on Latino youth.
NEWS
September 2, 1991 | By Larry Copeland, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twelve years ago, Michael Melendez was a freshman at Roman Catholic High School, a 15-year-old from Northern Liberties with limited ambitions and few dreams. "I wanted to just go to school for 12 years and then get a job somewhere," Melendez said last week. "I didn't want to go to college. I didn't think it was for me. " Then Melendez got into Talent Search, a federally funded program run by Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit agency working to educate Latino youths. Today, he has an associate's degree from Community College of Philadelphia and is 49 credits away from a business administration degree at Temple University.
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NEWS
June 7, 2016
YOUR RECENT editorial, " Charter Schools Office rightly exercising its power ," (May 23) demands a response in the interests of fairness. ASPIRA acknowledges the legitimate concerns of the School Reform Commission and the Charter Schools Office in taking all necessary steps to ensure renewed confidence in ASPIRA's business model and practices going forward. But these concerns have no bearing on ASPIRA's success in educating our community's students. Ours is a record of outstanding achievement.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The day before the Philadelphia School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote on several charter school renewals, the city controller on Wednesday released a report criticizing the financial management of two charter operators. The Controller's Office outlined problems it found when it examined the operations of Aspira of Pennsylvania and Kenny Gamble's Universal Companies. Among other things, the report found questionable financial transactions among related entities, including loan guarantees; school-lease arrangements with parent organizations; and charter board members serving on boards with ties to the schools.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School District on Thursday recommended that four charter schools with low test scores be shut down or taken over by others. But the changes would not be immediate. They require hearings, followed by votes by the School Reform Commission. Still, the recommendations by the district's charter school office are stark, and involve two powerful players in the city's charter world: Kenny Gamble's Universal Cos. and Aspira of Pennsylvania, which focuses on Latino youth.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teachers and other staffers at John B. Stetson Charter School in Kensington will be allowed next week to vote on whether they want to be represented by AFT Pennsylvania. The National Labor Relations Board late Thursday authorized the election, to be held Thursday at the middle school at 3200 B St. If the teachers vote to join AFT, Stetson would be the second city charter operated by the nonprofit Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania recently to vote for union representation. Teachers at Olney Charter High School overwhelmingly voted to join AFT late last month.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
CHARTER OPERATOR ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania is seeking to block certification of a union at its Olney Charter High School, despite recent assurances that it would negotiate in good faith. ASPIRA filed a brief yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board asserting that the agency has no jurisdiction over a union vote because the North Philly school is a public entity and the NLRB's purview is limited to private-sector employees. The move comes a week after Olney Charter staffers voted, 104-38, in favor of a union after a three-year organizing effort.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
OLNEY CHARTER HIGH School staffers will cast ballots today in a union election, and it appears that their organizing efforts have paved the way for another ASPIRA-run school to seek to unionize. Employees from the John B. Stetson Charter School, on B Street near Ontario in Kensington, filed a petition Monday with the National Labor Relations Board asking the agency to hold a union vote at the school. "Like the teachers at Olney, the Stetson staff wants a protected voice in laying the groundwork for the future of our schools," said Stetson teacher Jaimie Stevenson.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL district's Charter School Office has laid down the law to charter operator ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania over the charter renewal of one of its schools, John B. Stetson. In a detailed letter dated Jan. 22 and obtained by the Daily News , the charter office seeks an immediate overhaul of Stetson's board of trustees, its business practices and its oversight of the school. The letter's author, Charter School Office operations coordinator Lauren Thum, lists 17 conditions that ASPIRA must satisfy before the office will recommend that the School Reform Commission extend Stetson's charter for one year.
NEWS
June 8, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Acting swiftly on parents' wishes, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. on Friday said Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary would not be given to a charter company to run. Parents voted overwhelmingly - 223-70 - on Thursday for the struggling K-8 school at 3300 N. Third St. to remain a traditional district school. In a separate vote, the school's advisory council voted, 11-0, to reject Aspira of Pennsylvania, the charter company vying to take over the school. Hite, in a statement, said he was grateful to parents and community members who helped guide the process.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a bitterly fought battle, parents at Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary have voted to keep their school a part of the Philadelphia public school system, rejecting a charter organization's takeover proposal. According to results announced Thursday night by Philadelphia School District officials, 223 parents wanted Muñoz Marín to remain a traditional public school and 70 voted for ASPIRA of Pennsylvania to take control. In a separate vote, 11 members of the school's advisory council wanted to remain with the district.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Braulio Montalvo, 80, formerly of Lafayette Hill, a pioneering family therapist who did much of his work at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, died Monday, March 31, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and lived in Fort Lee, N.J.; Mount Airy; and the Philadelphia suburbs before moving to Albuquerque in 1985 to care for his aging mother. Although he had dreams of becoming a cartoonist or a sculptor, the intuitive Mr. Montalvo gravitated toward the field of family therapy.
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