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January 10, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writerleachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
Citing concerns about stability and consistency, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said he will not recommend any school closings this year. The announcement came one year after the district closed 24 schools to address steadily declining enrollment and underutilized buildings. In announcing his decision during a conference call Friday with reporters, Hite said he was concerned that additional closures could force students into lower-performing schools.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Edward J. Campbell Jr. retired in 1986 as superintendent of the Lower Township Elementary School District, he had been influencing students since he began teaching in the late 1950s. But he had done more. "I serve as president of the Clearview Regional High School District school board in Gloucester County," his son, Patrick, a pharmaceutical firm executive, said. "My older sister is president of the Pitman school board," he said of Stacy DeClement. "My younger sister, Heather Delia, is a special-education teacher.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles fans know how an Andy Reid news conference goes after a loss - especially a complete and utter disaster, such as the Kansas City Chiefs' blowing a 28-point lead to fall, 45-44, to the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game on Saturday. Ahem. It's on him. He has to do a better job of putting his players in better position to win. Time's yours. This painful loss, though, brought in a new wrinkle - stunned silence. "Sometimes the game speaks for itself, so you don't have to say a whole lot," he told reporters during their time on Saturday.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
John H. Speigel Sr., 74, of Haddon Heights, who retired in 1993 as police chief there, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Born in Camden, Mr. Speigel attended Haddon Heights High School and served in the Army. After working as a painter with his father at Frank C. Speigel & Son, he joined the Haddon Heights police force in 1964, where he served for 29 years, his wife, Marion, said. He was chief from 1988 to 1993.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Bill Green interested in becoming chair of the School Reform Commission? Sources say he is a finalist for the job; Green is mum on the subject. But the current city councilman is clear in his view that the Philadelphia School District is failing far too many children, and change must come quickly. "Eliminating all the bad seats in the School District is a concept I think is important to pursue," Green said Monday. "There are tens of thousands of kids in underperforming schools.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA Three years after Carl R. Greene was fired as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, new details have emerged in an ongoing federal criminal probe into whether he used public assets for personal gain. The information is included in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by Greene in September 2011 against the parent company of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Lawyers for the newspapers submitted documents - including federal grand jury subpoenas, confidential PHA correspondence and reports, and excerpts from depositions - that together describe a range of areas being scrutinized by the FBI, the U.S. attorney, and other investigators.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Camden schools superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard embarked on what he said was a "listening tour" after he was named to the post in August. On Tuesday, the state-appointed leader relayed to the school board and the community what he had heard from parents, teachers, and students in the struggling district and learned from test scores and other data. One of the most startling statistics, prompting groans from meeting attendees, was that only three students of all those in high school who took the SAT in 2013 tested as college-ready as defined by the College Board.
SPORTS
December 18, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
It's no surprise that the owners with Jamaal Charles on their teams made the semifinals in all three of my fantasy leagues. The Chiefs' workhorse has been a potent scoring machine all season, reaching the end zone in all but three games and tallying at least 100 total yards in all but one. Now you can bet your skid-marked Raiders fanny that all three of Charles' fantasy squads are heading for a title match next weekend, thanks to Charles' extraordinary...
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Incoming Philadelphia bar chancellor William P. Fedullo, in his inaugural address at the annual meeting of the city bar association Tuesday, called on the city's legal establishment to work to ease the funding crisis plaguing Philadelphia schools and said he would lead an effort to propose potential fixes. Fedullo said funding shortfalls for public schools, a gap that was closed only when the state signed off on $45 million in emergency funding in October, effectively deny equal educational opportunity to city school students, and suggested the disparity between suburban schools and the city had created a two-tier system.
NEWS
December 8, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The president and CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia, Patricia A. Coulter, is stepping down in June after 13 years, a tenure in which she raised the organization's profile and oversaw the move of its headquarters from North Philadelphia to Center City. Coulter, who said she was leaving to be closer to her family, said Wednesday that she would serve through the end of 2014 as a consultant for the Philadelphia chapter of the national organization, founded in 1910 to promote civil rights and economic empowerment among African Americans.
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