June 3, 2013 |
"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.
May 25, 2013 |
The superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y., has been tapped to become the secretary for Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The archdiocese and Faith in the Future announced Thursday that Christopher Mominey, 42, was selected to succeed Richard McCarron, the longtime secretary, who retired earlier this spring. Mominey will start July 1. He also will hold the position of chief operating officer at Faith in the Future - a foundation that manages the archdiocese's 17 Catholic high schools and three special-education schools.
May 14, 2013 |
The Philadelphia School Partnership will announce Monday that it's giving the Faith in the Future Foundation a $600,000 planning grant to aid the eight Catholic high schools in the city. The money will help the foundation develop strategies to increase enrollment at each of the those Catholic high schools and to design accountability systems that will help them collect and report data about their students' academic performance. Catholic high schools in the city enroll about 6,200 students, but have room for nearly twice that number.
March 28, 2013
By B. G. Kelley La Salle is the local darling of March Madness. The tiny Catholic college in Olney was the next-to-last school selected for the tournament and now has won three games in five days to make it into the so-called Sweet Sixteen. Remarkable for a small Catholic college these days, considering the recruiting advantages of the wealthy mega-universities that play both big-time football and basketball. The cash cow that is college football televising rights has enabled schools such as Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and Ohio State - which play in the big and powerful football conferences - to recruit the majority of McDonald's All-American high school basketball players.
March 24, 2013
PHA cans 82 workers The Philadelphia Housing Authority is laying off 82 workers because of a $32 million cut in federal funding due to the so-called "sequester. " "Our hands are tied. This agency cannot continue serving the city most vulnerable without federal dollars," Kelvin A. Jeremiah, PHA's president and chief executive, said in a news release. "These cuts were necessary in order to prevent any resident from becoming homeless. " The savings amount to nearly $7.2 million, PHA said.
March 24, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has an agreement of sale with Christopher Columbus Charter School to sell a century-old property in South Philadelphia, the former Sacred Heart of Jesus parochial school, an archdiocesan spokeswoman said. The property on Moyamensing Avenue near Reed Street in Pennsport, will be sold for about $2.7 million, according to a source familiar with negotiations. Sacred Heart school was one of several Catholic schools in the Philadelphia area closed by the Archdiocese in June.
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.