July 26, 2015
ONE YEAR after getting three new high schools off the ground, the Philadelphia School District's head of new school models is hitting the road. Grace Cannon, who was hired in 2013 to direct the newly-created Office of New School Models, left the district yesterday, a spokesman said. She will become the head of corporate and foundation relations at Settlement Music School, one of the country's oldest arts schools, based in Philadelphia. Cannon helped launch Building 21, The U School and LINC, all project-based citywide admission high schools which opened last September.
September 29, 1994 |
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...
November 27, 2012 |
IT'S NO secret that the School District of Philadelphia is facing its own fiscal cliff. The district asked its blue-collar union to forgo wage increases and give back money to the district last summer as school closures loomed. Just two weeks ago, district officials were forced to borrow another $300 million from Wall Street to pay its bills. So, why is the district giving out pay raises to certain groups? The grumblings among district workers began to rise this month when word leaked that 25 nonunion employees had received salary increases since the summer.
January 4, 2001 |
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.
August 4, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday published audited financial statements for 15 education, social-services and health-care entities with aggregate revenue of $408 million in the year ended June 30, 2012. The disclosures, building on a newfound openness about its financial state, did not include any balance-sheet bombshells like those in last month's report on the archdiocese's central financial office. That July 3 report showed a $39.2 million loss for fiscal 2012. The archdiocese's chief financial officer, Timothy O'Shaughnessy, added details on $350 million in long-term financial gaps.
October 30, 2001 |
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.
January 14, 2000 |
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.
January 2, 2012
Tucked in my recent story about "Occupy 440" - a group of school nurses protesting against the Philadelphia School District's latest round of budget cuts - was a line you may have missed: District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the Promise Academies had had "significant cuts," including the elimination of the entire central office staff that supervised those schools, which was also axed as of Dec. 31. Promise Academies, of course, are...
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.
June 16, 2010 |
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.