March 21, 2013 |
WHILE the number of district-run and parochial schools shrinks and the city's charter-school population booms, a group of education advocates is looking at a plan to implement a single, citywide enrollment process. The result could alter Philadelphia's educational landscape. The plan, still in the early stages, would involve students' filling out one application that would place them on lists at district, charter and parochial schools in the city, said Miles Wilson, director of the Great Schools Compact for the Philadelphia Schools Partnership.
March 20, 2013 |
It probably has been a long time since anyone was thrilled with an NIT bid. The NCAA tournament is a national institution and anything less than a bid is a disappointment for a team. But St. Joseph's problem in its gut-wrenching 63-61 loss to St. John's in an NIT opener Tuesday night before a surprisingly small crowd of 3,148 at Hagan Arena wasn't about emotion, coach Phil Martelli insisted, it was about talent. "I was very emphatic with my team about the excitement level," he said afterward.
March 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Fuquan Edwin scored 17 points, including the final six in regulation, and Seton Hall rallied past South Florida, 46-42, in overtime Tuesday night in the unsightly opener of a last-of-its-kind Big East Tournament. Gene Teague added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the 12th-seeded Pirates (15-17), who face No. 19 Syracuse in the second round Wednesday afternoon. Even after playing an extra 5 minutes, the teams barely eclipsed the lowest-scoring game in Big East Tournament history, Georgetown's 46-41 first-round victory over Villanova in 2003.
March 13, 2013 |
NOTRE DAME will join the Atlantic Coast Conference starting next season, a year earlier than expected, following the split among the Big East's football schools and seven Catholic schools that are forming their own basketball-focused conference. The move was announced Tuesday by Notre Dame following a vote by Big East presidents. It comes 6 months after Notre Dame surprisingly opted to join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey. Tuesday's move means Notre Dame will join the ACC at the same time as fellow Big East members Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which announced earlier they would join the league.
March 10, 2013 |
A year ago at this time, Temple finally got itself back into the Big East. Who could have predicted that the Owls would never play a basketball game in the conference? But that's the reality. As has been reported, an agreement has been reached to allow the seven Catholic schools to leave the Big East, effective July 1, to form a new league. The agreement doesn't become official until there's a formal board approval, but at this point that's nothing more than a detail. It's expected to happen next week.
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.