March 8, 2013
By Aldo Cavalli Today, parents across Philadelphia brace for the School Reform Commission's final decision in regard to its plan to shutter approximately 29 schools in the Philadelphia School District. Even with these closings and the expected $24.5 million in savings they are projected to generate each year as a result, the district will still face huge budget shortfalls - shortfalls that will continue to negatively impact our children's education. However, there is hope. There is an opportunity to help Philadelphia public school students attend OSTC-registered private schools or non-failing public schools through the use of state tax dollars.
March 7, 2013 |
Hello there Doug and Nic met freshman year at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Doug, who had previously gone to Catholic schools, was good friends with a guy in Nic's social circle. The two were soon hanging out on their own, often meeting up for coffee. But this was no budding romance. It was debate club. The rules were simple: Nic would argue against anything Doug supported - even if she actually felt the same way. When Doug said he liked hunting, Nic, who is no vegetarian, asked, "Don't you care about the animals and how they feel?"
March 2, 2013 |
The breakup of the Big East is almost complete. According to multiple sources, presidents and athletic directors from Big East full members, the schools that play all league sports, including football, are scheduled to meet Friday in Atlanta to consider a separation proposal between those schools and the "Catholic Seven" schools looking to leave the conference. According to one Big East source, the proposal calls for the departing schools, including Villanova, to take the Big East name with them and leave as early as this year, starting the new league in 2013-14.
March 2, 2013 |
The Philadelphia School Partnership will announce a $500,000 grant Friday to help a new network of independent Catholic elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods. Aldo Cavalli, president of Independence Mission Schools, said the nonprofit would use the planning grant to help assemble a small central office staff to assist the 16 schools in raising money, handling tuition payments and helping families find financial aid. "They are start-up dollars to get the central administration office up and running, and to get all the initiatives in place," Cavalli said Thursday.
February 27, 2013 |
AT A TIME when public and Catholic schools are closing, independent schools face the challenge of instituting progressive programming without hiking tuition. The National Association of Independent Schools will tackle this and other issues at its annual conference this week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Jacquelyn Hamilton, winner of the association's Diversity Leadership Award, said she's looking forward to "the chance to reconnect with other educators nationally. " Hamilton, head of the lower school at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, said sharing ideas helps educators remain current.
February 13, 2013 |
If plans move forward to shut one in six Philadelphia schools, what happens to the discarded buildings? A newly released examination of other big-city school districts' closures by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that charter schools are likely to snap up some of the buildings. Pew found that more than 40 percent of cities' closed buildings were reused by charters. Housing is another common reuse but, researchers point out in a report issued Monday, repurposing schools as commercial sites can draw the ire of a community that feels a sense of ownership in the building.
February 12, 2013 |
If plans move forward to shut one in six Philadelphia schools, what happens to the discarded buildings? A newly-released examination of other big-city school districts' closures by the Pew Charitable Trust shows that charter schools are likely to snap up some of the buildings. Pew found that more than 40 percent of cities' closed buildings were re-used by charters. Housing is another common reuse but, researchers point out in a report issued Monday, repurposing schools as commercial sites can draw the ire of a community that feels a sense of ownership in the building.
February 9, 2013 |
For one short moment last Friday, parents and supporters at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atco thought they had passed the enrollment goal of 150 students to stay open next year. But on Thursday, the Diocese of Camden came down with devastating news - they were never even close. The diocese said it was closing the school next year despite "valiant efforts" from parents to meet financial and enrollment goals. As word of the shutdown trickled out, parents who just last week celebrated their success in registering 151 students by Feb. 1 - one of three benchmarks for the school to stay open next year - were shocked.
February 9, 2013 |
Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Bucks County, is closed today because so many students are sick with a norovirus, according to a statement by school officials. "Dear Villa Family, Due to the high percentage of students and faculty with the norovirus, VJMHS will be closed on Friday, February 8, 2013. Classes will resume on Monday, February 11," the statement reads. Villa Joseph Marie is a private Catholic college prep school for girls run by the Sisters of St. Casimir.