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.
April 24, 2012 |
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.
February 7, 1993 |
On any given school day, more than 600 of Chester High School's 1,700 students are absent. Two hundred more students are probably in the school building, but not in class. Those staggering statistics do not even include the estimated 500 students who have dropped out of the high school since the start of this school year, according to Janice Hoffman-Willis of the Chester Upland School District. "The absentee problem is a sore that has been allowed to fester for years, and we have to act now to do something before we lose the hand," she said.
October 15, 1994 |
Schools Superintendent David Hornbeck testified yesterday before Commonwealth Court Judge Doris Smith that the district is revamping its structure by axing its regional offices. He said he agreed with a court-appointed education team's recommendation to get rid of the regional offices to decentralize the system. The regional offices act as go-betweens for schools and the central office. Hornbeck was a witness during the second day of hearings on Smith's education team's report on improving city schools.
November 30, 1995 |
In a surprise move, Neshaminy Assistant Superintendent Bernard Hoffman announced his retirement at a school board meeting. Hoffman, 56, said he wanted to leave at the end of the school year in 1997. He has worked in the school district for 38 years, starting as a 20-year-old teacher in 1958 at Penndel Elementary School. Hoffman has been a constant in the ever-growing Neshaminy School District. Board member Robert S. Tull Jr. said he remembered as a boy admiring Hoffman.
January 3, 1992 |
Malik Muhammad remembers the day a gunman shot and killed a man on Lancaster Avenue near 42nd Street last month. And how that same night, the owner of a deli was shot in the chest in an exchange of gunfire during a $20 robbery. And a week before, the 1:30 a.m. police call to Muhammad's own house telling him that his civic association, in the same block, had been firebombed. Muhammad, the executive director of Showcase Community Services and the president of Lancaster Avenue Business Association, is thankful officers spotted the fire before it destroyed the office.
December 3, 2012
The Philadelphia School District cannot have it both ways. Saying it is in "financial distress," the school system has refused to grant 3 percent raises to its school police officers. The 350 union members were scheduled to get the increase June 30 under terms of their current contract. Yet the cash-strapped district found the funds to shell out generous pay hikes ranging from 13 percent to 49 percent to 25 district managers. According to a report in the Daily News, the raises have been disbursed since the end of the last school year.
June 26, 2002 |
Citing her disagreement with the "magnitude" and rapid pace of the plan to change Philadelphia schools, the district's acting superintendent - a lifelong city resident and graduate of its schools - announced her resignation yesterday. Deidre Farmbry, acting superintendent and chief academic officer, whose career in Philadelphia spans 28 years, will leave July 31. Her departure comes amid a swirl of change in the school district, including this week's expected announcement of the elimination of 300 jobs in the district's central office.
October 14, 1994 |
It appeared that the curtain had dropped for city regional music festivals that showcased the musical skills of 12,000 to 15,000 public school student musicians each year. But now comes word from School District officials that the concerts will go on. Six of seven regional School District offices have agreed to host the festivals using an already-stretched music staff to organize the events once run by administrators whose positions were eliminated this year. The holdout, the Central East region, isn't planning a festival.