April 14, 2011 |
For hours yesterday, students, teachers, parents and community members demanded that the School Reform Commission reconsider planned changes for operating Audenried and Martin Luther King high schools next year. Audenried teacher Hope Moffett and students Onika Richardson and Maurice Johnson argued that the school, at 33rd and Tasker streets, Grays Ferry, shouldn't become a charter under the district's Renaissance Schools initiative because it is not a failing school. Speakers noted that last month the school's first 11th-grade class since the school reopened in 2008 took the state PSSA's tests for the first time.
April 9, 2011 |
A little rain did not stop the North Penn girls' lacrosse team from scoring a thrilling 9-8 Suburban One Continental win over visiting Hatboro-Horsham on Friday. The Maidens turned an interception by Rachel Shaw into a goal by Brenda McDermott late in the second half for the game-winner. It was the fourth goal of the rainy afternoon for McDermott and Shaw added three more. Inter-Ac. Visiting Penn Charter scored 13 second-half goals to earn a 19-9 win over rival Germantown Academy.
April 8, 2011 |
A little rain did not stop the North Penn girls' lacrosse team from scoring a thrilling 9-8 Suburban One Continental win over visiting Hatboro-Horsham on Friday. The Maidens turned an interception by Rachel Shaw into a goal by Brenda McDermott late in the second half for the game-winner. It was the fourth goal of the rainy afternoon for McDermott and Shaw added three more. Marcie Hauck scored a pair of goals for the Maidens. Inter-Ac. Visiting Penn Charter scored 13 second-half goals to earn a 19-9 win over rival Germantown Academy.
March 22, 2011 |
Activist English teacher Hope Moffett described her return Monday to Audenried High School after a month in "teacher jail" as "an ideal teaching day. " Moffett was allowed back in the Grays Ferry school for the first time since Feb. 19 after a settlement reached Friday that lifted the threat of her being fired for giving students SEPTA tokens to attend a protest. "I had a really easy day," said Moffett, 25. "My kids know me well. It was just like every other day. " In preparation for the continuation of the state's standardized tests, Moffett and her five classes of juniors reviewed literary terms with a Jeopardy!
March 21, 2011 |
Activist teacher Hope Moffett entered Audenried High School this morning, eager to return to the classroom for the first time since Feb. 19. Some students were happy, too. "I'm very excited ... ecstatic!" said Onika Richardson, also a junior, standing in the rain under an umbrella covered with smiley faces. Before heading to the school, Moffatt spoke to reporters at a Dunkin Donuts in Grays Ferry and voiced concerns about the next step, a scheduled meeting with school officials.
March 20, 2011 |
The settlement that averted the firing of a popular Philadelphia teacher allowed both sides to claim a measure of victory and put an end to a controversy that had literally turned into a federal case. Hope Moffett, an English teacher at Audenried High School, will return to the classroom Monday but faces a five-day suspension that union officials say they will fight to overturn. She also agreed to read to her students a statement that district officials characterized as an admission of wrongdoing, but that she said was no such thing.
March 19, 2011 |
The Philadelphia School District's fight against Hope came to a surprisingly happy ending yesterday. Hope Moffett, the Audenried High School English teacher who was exiled from her classroom for the last 19 school days and expected to be fired, will be back in front of her students on Monday. Moffett, 25, will receive a five-day suspension after acknowledging that she didn't notify Audenried's principal on Feb. 14 that students planned to leave school to attend a rally on Feb. 15 "even though no parental permission had been submitted to the school," the district said in a statement.
March 9, 2011 |
Philadelphia School District officials yesterday described Audenried High School as a "chronically low-performing school" that is "heading in the wrong direction" academically. The district rebutted statements made by Audenried English teacher Hope Moffett, who was banished to the district's rubber room on Feb. 18 and now faces firing for violating district policies. She has publicly questioned the district's data and the selection of Audenried to become a charter school. But yesterday, the district said its data indicate that the school, which reopened less than three years ago, is still "struggling.
March 9, 2011 |
The Philadelphia School District's decision to overhaul Audenried High School is based on years of poor test scores, graduation rates, and attendance, officials said Tuesday, not just on the new school's performance. In the face of community outrage over the district's decision to hand Audenried over to a charter organization and its move to fire teacher Hope Moffett, top district administrators struck back in a Tuesday news conference. Members of the Grays Ferry community who oppose Audenried's takeover by Universal Cos. Inc. call it unfair to judge the new school by the old Audenried's problems.
March 8, 2011 |
EVEN ONE of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's staunchest supporters finds the impending firing of outspoken Audenried High School teacher Hope Moffett to be "outrageous. " It "smacks of royal vengeance," J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, said last night. Moffett, 25, expects to be formally told that the district plans to fire her when she meets again with school administrators today. Mondesire called the punishment of Moffett, one of the most outspoken critics of the district's plan to put Audenried on a list of "failing schools" and convert it to a charter school, "disgusting.