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February 19, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marilyn Allena values faith, Catholic education, and the quiet of country living. All three drove Allena, 54, to recently enroll her fourth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter at St. John the Baptist School in Ottsville, Bucks County. "I feel St. John's is absolutely the right school for them," Allena said. "I don't know what I would do if they said they were considering to close. " Two years ago, St. John's was indeed slated to close, one of more than four dozen schools targeted as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sought ways to save money and consolidate shrinking schools.
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January 23, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CHAD, A JUNIOR at West Catholic Preparatory High School, is in a predicament similar to that of Monsignor William Lynn, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia official released from prison last month. Chad was ordered by a Juvenile Court judge to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet as part of his sentence for a December arrest. Lynn, whose child-endangerment conviction was overturned on appeal last month, also was ordered to wear an ankle bracelet as a term of his release from prison.
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January 23, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not for sale, but that doesn't stop Francis E. Fox - the new president of Archbishop John Carroll High School, after 33 years developing real estate - from describing the 46-year-old Catholic school in Radnor as if it were the Main Line's hottest property. "I have two train [lines] at my front door," said Fox, honing his pitch to boost student enrollment while funding a $10 million campus overhaul. "I have the Blue Route and [I-]76 at my front door. . . . This is the center of the universe.
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December 10, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
BENSALEM It was widely known at Holy Ghost Preparatory School, a private Catholic high school in Bensalem, that French and Spanish teacher Michael Griffin was gay. Griffin said Sunday he and his partner, Vincent Giannetto, had attended parties together in the priests' residence, sat with the principal, Jeff Danilak, during an April fund-raiser, and even had a school administrator as a guest at the reception for their civil union in 2008. But Griffin was not fired until he and Giannetto applied Friday for a marriage license in New Jersey, where they live.
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November 13, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time, students applying to high school at Philadelphia School District, charter, and Catholic schools will be able to start the process with similar one-page applications, Mayor Nutter's Office of Education announced. The forms were developed by the district, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Charter Schools for Excellence, and other organizations that are members of the Great Schools Compact. "This has been one of the things that the compact has been talking about from the very beginning," said Lori Shorr, the city's chief education officer.
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October 20, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The new fund established by Mayor Nutter to raise money for school supplies has received nearly $531,000, exceeding its Oct. 15 goal, city officials said Friday. Two large anonymous donations - of $125,000 and $100,000 - came in recently and helped the fund top the initial goal of $500,000 set by Nutter when he announced the effort last month. The long-term goal is to raise $2.5 million over five years. "This isn't over," said Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Nutter.
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October 8, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given a choice years ago to retire and enjoy life, businessman Robert Healey Sr. decided to dig in. He is on a personal crusade to help save Catholic schools in the region. Healey, 84, of Lumberton, a successful lawyer and entrepreneur, has become a champion for Catholic education, turning around struggling schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania by showing them how to operate more like businesses. As the cofounder of Viking Yacht in Burlington County, one of the world's top luxury yacht builders, and the chief executive of more than a half-dozen companies and several charities, Healey knows how to run a business.
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July 24, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Philadelphia's new independent Catholic mission schools has won a grant to incorporate individualized online instruction into its classes. The Philadelphia School Partnership is scheduled to announce Tuesday that is awarding the DePaul Catholic School in Germantown $500,000 over three years to start a blended-learning program to improve students' academic performance and help the elementary school expand. DePaul is working with Seton Education Partners, a New York nonprofit organization that has developed a model called Phaedrus, which uses technology to make Catholic schools more financially viable.
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June 11, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
After serving as second-in-command of the U.S. Navy and leading military operations in the Middle East during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Adm. William J. Fallon gave one more set of orders Sunday - to a group of graduating eighth graders in Merchantville. "My generation is leaving you with a lot of unfinished business," Fallon said at St. Peter Church in front of 26 St. Peter School eighth graders and their families. The admiral, who served as vice chief of the U.S. Navy and head of U.S. Central Command before retiring in 2008, graduated from St. Peter in 1959.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | BY JANIS CHAKARS
"MITT Romney doesn't get it. " That's what Michael Nutter said at last year's Democratic National Convention. The mayor jabbed hard and fast at the Republican contender on the subject of education. Never mind that Philadelphia's schools have been in perpetual crisis for years. And here we are again, $304 million short. His plan? Try to keep the blame on Harrisburg. If they won't raise vice taxes, don't blame Nutter for the fact that our kids' schools, if they are still open, do not have foreign language or music or art or counselors or nurses or lunch-room aides or secretaries or security or disciplinarians or librarians or books or paper.
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