August 16, 2014
ISSUE | EDUCATION No time to give up on city schools If Clark DeLeon is giving up on public schools, who's left ("Amid annual budget crises, faith in public education fades," Aug. 10)? DeLeon was educated in city schools, from kindergarten through Temple University, and has earned a living writing and teaching about Philadelphia. For him to give up bodes ill for all of us, so I have two words for DeLeon: The first is quitter . This town hates quitters. Instead of caving, he should use the bully pulpit of his column to fight for our schools.
August 14, 2014
RONNIE Polaneczky's recent column on our ongoing fight to help Philadelphia does little to help those of us fighting to give Philadelphia schools the tools needed to open on time. Instead of enlightening readers on the difficulties we face in educating Philadelphia's 200,000 students, Polaneczky chose to attack the wife of House Majority Leader Mike Turzai as part of an overall assault on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as we worked to pass enabling legislation for Philadelphia City Council to levy a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to help fund our city's schools.
July 12, 2014 |
The nonprofit foundation that manages Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is offering $1,000 grants to encourage students to transfer to the schools. Christopher Mominey, chief operating officer of the Faith in the Future Foundation and the archdiocese's secretary for Catholic education, said the new "transfer advantage" grants were part of the effort to boost enrollment at the 17 high schools. He said the foundation wanted to attract students who were not enrolled at Catholic high schools but were interested in learning more about them.
July 9, 2014 |
RYNE SANDBERG has the difficult job. He has to decide what players are going to be included and left out of his lineup every night. When the skipper makes his decision, he hands over the results to be printed on a lineup card. Unlike other major league teams, the Phillies do not just type the names in a computer and print it out for circulation. They turn the pen over to Pete Mackanin, their third-base coach who has a unique handwriting talent. Mackanin has a beautiful, eloquent, calligraphy-style writing that he brings to the lineup card every game of the season.
June 24, 2014 |
The fledgling Independence Mission Schools network of Catholic elementary schools is used to moving fast. It sprang into action two years ago to save 14 parish schools in low-income neighborhoods when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced plans to close them. And when the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District listed the shuttered Harrison Elementary School in North Philadelphia for a quick sale last fall, the network scrambled to raise $1.36 million to buy it to replace the nearby St. Malachy school.
May 31, 2014 |
Parents and students at the 17 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are assured of at least one more year of labor peace. The 650 members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers on Wednesday approved a one-year contract that gives each a $1,200 yearly increase in salary starting this fall. "Both the association and the school system are pleased that these successful negotiations will provide assurances to the students and their parents that our schools will be poised for another year of success in September," according to a joint statement from the archdiocese and union president Rita Schwartz.
April 3, 2014 |
Dan Jackson, boys' basketball coach at Math, Civics and Sciences Charter School, said he was outraged Tuesday when his school's athletic director showed him a post on Twitter. This was not anything he or athletic director Lonnie Diggs had talked about. Jackson said they were blindsided. The news had spread quickly from Harrisburg. The PIAA, the state's governing body of high school sports, wants to limit charter schools' use of city players. Robert Lombardi, the PIAA's executive director, proposed legislation that would require charter-school students to play their sports at neighborhood public schools.
February 19, 2014 |
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.
January 23, 2014 |
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.
January 23, 2014 |
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.