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.
March 1, 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.
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 |
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.
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 5, 2013 |
Sister Mary Isidore Gilewitch, 99, a nun who was as capable with a needle as with a hammer and who taught at many local schools, died Thursday, Jan. 31, in Fox Chase of cardiovascular problems. She entered the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in 1930, teaching in Catholic schools in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland, and in Philadelphia, Easton, Chester, Fox Chase, and many other Pennsylvania municipalities. Her posts included St. Nicholas School in Philadelphia and Holy Ghost in Chester, according to the Fletcher-Nasevich Funeral Home.
January 30, 2013
OPPONENTS OF the school district's plan to close 37 schools have come up with another argument against the proposal. At a news conference this week, the group - which includes the local NAACP - accused the district of unfairly targeting predominantly black schools in poor neighborhoods. According to an analysis done by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, 81 percent of the roughly 15,000 students who would be affected by this year's proposed closings and mergers are African-American.