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September 20, 1996 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
Rhonda H. Lauer is back in the saddle. Lauer, who left her third-in-command post at the Philadelphia School District in July because of differences with Superintendent David Hornbeck, will become chief executive officer of a non-profit group that partly will explore ways to improve education. Privately financed Foundations Inc., based in Darby, Delaware County, underwrites programs to improve the lives of children and families. One such program, which operates in the William Penn School District in Delaware County, offers before-and-after-school child care for youngsters through sixth grade, workshops for parents and a free summer camp.
NEWS
April 5, 2011 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
THE CITY'S Department of Homeland Security is still trying to figure out who sent a bomb threat to the school district over the weekend. District officials on Sunday said that an email addressed to Superintendent Arlene Ackerman contained a threat to detonate a bomb at lunchtime yesterday. The email included several complaints against the district and was directed toward Ackerman and staff. On Sunday, four bomb-sniffing dogs and a host of police officers searched district headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden streets, but found nothing.
NEWS
September 29, 1994 | by Yvette Ousley, Daily News Staff Writer
For 12,000 to 15,000 public school musicians, regional music festivals are a chance to showcase their talents. But some students may not have an opportunity to perform this year - it's uncertain whether the popular music festivals will go on. That's because the School District has shifted responsibility for the events to the six region offices, which have the option of hosting the concerts - or not. There is no one in the central office...
NEWS
January 4, 2001 | By Melanie Burney, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A day after asking every employee in the school district's central administration office to resign, Camden's new superintendent yesterday put her request on hold. In a memo to the central office staff, Annette D. Knox wrote: "Please be advised that until further notice the employee request forms will not be acted upon. " On her first day on the job Tuesday, Knox caused an uproar in South Jersey's largest school district when she gave about 200 employees until the close of business yesterday to submit their resignations.
NEWS
October 30, 2001 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Board of Education last night approved the retirement of James R. Mathes Jr., a longtime employee who is accused of plotting with mobsters over government contracts. Mathes, the district's affirmative-action officer, had worked for Camden schools for 16 years. His retirement is effective tomorrow. Mathes, 61, is alleged to have conspired with former mob boss Ralph Natale to steer government contracts to mob-affiliated companies, and to have received a $2,000 diamond ring for his girlfriend in return.
NEWS
January 14, 2000 | By Mike Madden and Maureen Fitzgerald, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
State auditors and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office yesterday joined a school district investigation of Camden High School's finances that is reviewing athletic funds and other accounts to determine whether the money has been mishandled, authorities said. The investigation, which began as an examination of an office safe found empty last week, has widened to cover all of the school's student activity accounts from the current school year, Board of Education president Phil Freeman said in an interview yesterday.
NEWS
February 20, 2012
Lost in the shuffle of a six-hour Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting Thursday night: resolution A-13, a $1.4 million, one-month contract with Boston Consulting Group Inc. That's right - $1.4 million. And the Philadelphia School District still has a June deadline to trim $38.8 million more from a budget that's already lost thousands of employees and withstood deep cuts to individual schools. But SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said he did not expect the money to come from district coffers.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after the state Department of Education sent the Camden School District a letter citing the district's failure to report more than 76 incidents of violence and vandalism in the last two school years, Camden's police chief met Thursday with the district's head of security. It was the first step in the right direction, said Gaylen Conley, executive director of the district's office of safety and security. "We are increasing interactions with Camden City police" to ensure that they and the district are in constant communication, Conley said.
NEWS
June 16, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said Wednesday that city students' state test scores are up for the eighth consecutive year. "For the first time ever, more than half of our students now score in the proficient or advanced level," Ackerman said in brief remarks before the School Reform Commission. Students in third through eighth grade and eleventh grade took the exams in reading and math this spring. Ackerman also said that the district's "Empowerment" schools - 105 chronically failing schools given extra supports and closer scrutiny by the central office - mostly showed "significant and dramatic" gains in reading and math.
NEWS
April 24, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The realities are ugly, leaders said Tuesday - the Philadelphia School District is nearly insolvent, lags behind most other urban districts in academics, and loses students to charters because parents believe it does not keep their children safe. "What we do know through lots of history and evidence and practice is that the current structure doesn't work," School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos said. "It's not fiscally sustainable and it doesn't produce high quality schools for all kids.
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