November 22, 1994 |
Superintendent David Hornbeck yesterday outlined a proposal to restructure Philadelphia's schools by shifting responsibility for budgets, hiring and maintenance to 22 "community councils" made up of principals, parents and teachers. About 95 percent of the School District's budget would be divied up among the councils, who would determine how to spend the money. The plan is part of Hornbeck's "Children Achieving" agenda and would reduce the role of the district's central office.
November 1, 1994 |
When Larry Magid learned of the School District's difficulty in funding region music festivals, which annually showcase the talents of 15,000 kids, his instincts were to help. So he made a phone call to Deputy Schools Superintendent Jeanette Brewer. Magid, co-owner of Electric Factory Concerts, a major concert promoter in town, told her he wanted to donate the $12,000 needed to pull off the music festivals this year. Late yesterday, Brewer got word that the School District could pick up the check any time.
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.
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.
October 5, 1994 |
Following a meeting with the School District's deputy superintendent, three of the seven district region offices have agreed to hold music festivals this year. But there's no word on what the remaining four will do. The region music festivals faced an uncertain future this year after the district's central office, which had coordinated the event, shifted responsibility to each region office. Some 12,000 to 15,000 students participate in the festivals each year. After a meeting last week, the Northeast, Northwest and high school region offices have committed to holding the festivals, said Deputy Superintendent Jeanette Brewer.
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...
February 20, 1994 |
Think back a week. Think of how comfortable it would have been to go to work and yet not leave the house. No need to dig out the driveway or wait an hour for the bus. No need for coats and boots (no boots!), nor to arrange last-minute day care for suddenly homebound children. Just make a cup of coffee, pop a video in for the kids and wander into the home office wearing fuzzy slippers rather than high heels. (Of course, the quiet and concentration will be broken when the kids start fighting, the dirty dishes beckon, your mother calls and the only productive thing to do is bake cookies.
April 28, 1993 |
Can a school do without a principal? Yes, says the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. In the intensifying battle over how to chop $60 million from the school district budget, the union says that the system is crawling with unnecessary administrators and can easily save $40 million by eliminating 80 of its 278 principals and all 190 assistant principals, as well as 180 supervisors in the central and regional offices. If these cuts were made, according to the union, the district could spare its interscholastic athletics and other extracurricular programs - the very areas that high school principals this week recommended be dropped.
February 21, 1993 |
More than seven months after their contract expired, secretaries and classroom aides in the Methacton School District finally have a new three-year agreement. The Educational Services Personnel Association and the Methacton Board of School Directors ratified the tentative agreement Feb. 11. The board gave final approval Tuesday. The contract, which affects about 71 district employees, calls for 4.5 percent increases in each of the three years. Union members now will pick up 10 percent of the cost for full health benefits.
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.