October 12, 2015 |
Pennsylvania's public schools aren't the only ones feeling the squeeze from the state budget impasse. The state's private schools are missing nearly $30 million in state funding for textbooks and other school supplies, and in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the loss is taxing students and teachers. Students are going without textbooks, workbooks, lab supplies, and other basics, the archdiocese said in a letter to parents, urging them to write to Gov. Wolf. About 200 Catholic schools in the Philadelphia region, including about 150 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, are waiting to receive $8.8 million in state funding when the budget passes.
September 25, 2015 |
It's a grant the pontiff would appreciate: A South Philadelphia Catholic school that serves predominantly poor immigrant students is getting $1.4 million to improve and expand. The gift to Independence Mission Schools - the network that runs St. Thomas Aquinas and 14 other former Archdiocese of Philadelphia parish schools in low-income neighborhoods - comes from the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). It is the well-funded nonprofit's largest grant to a Catholic school to date. To St. Thomas Aquinas, at 18th and Morris Streets in Point Breeze, the money will make all the difference, said Vince Mazzio, principal of the school, which has students in prekindergarten through grade 8. It will pay for a reading specialist and other staff, for repairs to infrastructure, and for technology.
August 6, 2015 |
StoneMor Partners L.P. announced a scholarship program Tuesday that will aid an incoming freshman at each of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools. The new StoneMor Scholars will receive a $3,000 partial scholarship for the freshman year beginning in 2015-16. "We are thrilled to be providing local students with the opportunity to further their Catholic education, and look forward to helping those who are in need of financial assistance," StoneMor president and CEO Lawrence Miller said in a statement.
July 29, 2015 |
John Cooke, a former administrator at Drexel University, has been named the next president of Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. Cooke, 41, who was most recently Drexel's associate dean of students for campus engagement, will assume the post Aug. 10. His appointment was announced in a joint statement Monday by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education and the Faith in the Future Foundation, the nonprofit that manages 17 Catholic high schools for the archdiocese.
July 10, 2015 |
FORMER WALDRON Mercy Academy teacher Margie Winters led a prayer last night for 200 school parents who gathered at a Fairmount restaurant to rally behind the ousted teacher. "It felt like love" in the room, said parent Nancy Houston, whose husband, Mick Houston, owns Jack's Firehouse, where the meeting was held. Winters' prayer was in the "spirit of mercy, tolerance and acceptance," Houston said. "It was who we are. " Winters was dismissed June 22 from the Catholic elementary school in Merion Station, Montgomery County, because she is married to a woman, according to an Inquirer report published Monday.
July 9, 2015 |
A RELIGIOUS-EDUCATION director at a Montgomery County Catholic school has been dismissed because, parents say, she is lesbian wedded to a woman. Many parents have voiced support for the educator, Margie Winters, director of religious education and outreach, calling her "inspirational" and "dedicated. " Now they're directing their ire not at the school and its sponsor, the Sisters of Mercy, but at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Charles Chaput. "It's time to get the attention of the Archdiocese and the Catholic hierarchy and let them know this is illegal," said Katie Culver, who has three children at the school.
July 9, 2015 |
The e-mail left many parents at the private Catholic school upset and confused. The well-respected director of religious education had just been fired. Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, sent the e-mail Friday to say that Margie Winters was out of a job after eight years. The reasons were confidential, Stetser wrote. But the "context" she went on to offer included clues to what the school saw as a problem: Winters is in a same-sex marriage.
June 27, 2015 |
Teachers at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 17 high schools voted Wednesday to ratify a one-year labor contract. The contract provides the union's 625 members with $1,350 salary raises. A previous contract, which only guaranteed $1,200 raises, was rejected unanimously at a May 27 meeting. The average Catholic high school teacher has 20 years of experience and is paid $49,000 annually. Rita Schwartz, president of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers, said her members rejected the original contract because the pay raise did not cover increasing medical insurance premiums.
June 3, 2015 |
Don Saleski, the scrappy former Flyers forward affectionately known as Big Bird during his playing days, has spread his wings. As a result, thousands of teenagers, primarily from the inner city, are benefiting through scholarships that pay for most of their tuition to parochial grade schools and high schools in the Philadelphia area. Forty years after he was on a Flyers team that won its second straight Stanley Cup, Saleski now is a partner with a company that processes payments for hospitals, but he also finds time to be chairman of Business Leaders Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS)