May 31, 1998 |
The immediate crisis for the Philadelphia School District may have been averted last week, but the long-term crisis is very real. On Thursday, Mayor Rendell and Superintendent David Hornbeck announced that two local banks had come through with letters of credit that will allow the district to borrow enough money to keep the schools open all of next school year. That, in all likelihood, should avoid a threatened takeover by the state. On Friday, the Board of Education adopted its 1998-99 budget - one that has $55 million more in expenditures than it does revenues.
December 26, 1996 |
Firefighters work on a fire that destroyed five school buses last night in the Far Northeast. The buses, which belonged to the city school district, were at the Shallcross Special School. The fire, which was reported at 10:15 p.m. and was under control 15 minutes later, was under investigation. No one was hurt.
April 7, 2005
WITH ALL the turmoil in the mayor's office, it's easy to overlook our city school district. Scores have gone up again this year, but that's really the only good news. More certified teachers are retiring, more schools are falling apart because vendors are not getting paid on time, custodial manpower in these buildings have been shorted. Administrators who fail at one school are given a better one to screw up. Managers are hiring their friends at more than $100,000 a pop even though they were terminated at another venue.
April 5, 1998 |
Eric Rosenbaum, 79, retired head of foreign languages at Philadelphia High School for Girls, died of cancer yesterday at his home in the Northeast. Mr. Rosenbaum was proficient in French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish and Russian. He had published in professional journals, and was a member of the Advanced Placement College Entrance Examination Board. Born in Berlin, Mr. Rosenbaum came to the United States in 1937 and enlisted in the Army shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his family said.
May 27, 2010 |
The head of the city school district Diversity Office, assigned to help solve racial problems at South Philadelphia High, has resigned after eight months on the job. Theos McKinney left the district this week to accept an out-of-state job offer, according to schools spokesperson Fernando Gallard. "We wish him good luck and thank him for a wonderful job," Gallard said. "We will be looking for a suitable person to replace him. " Efforts to reach McKinney were unsuccessful. McKinney, an attorney, held the title of executive director of Diversity Education and Training.
February 26, 1999 |
Joan A. Gould Gilbert, 63, a former member of the Burlington Township Board of Education, died Tuesday at Rancocas Hospital, Willingboro. A township resident for more the 55 years, she served two terms on the board, from 1981 to 1987. During her tenure, Mrs. Gilbert was credited with championing the creation of the district's Homework Hotline, which is still helping students with their schoolwork. She learned about the idea while attending a convention in Jacksonville, Fla., where the city school district was operating a similar program, according to a 1986 article in The Inquirer.
June 20, 1996 |
Besides accountability, there are other issues on the table in negotiations between the city school district and the Philadelphia Teachers Federation. SALARY. Teachers got a 5 percent pay raise over two years, partially by restructuring some benefits. This time, money's a bigger problem, especially after wrenching budget cuts. Teachers will look at what the Rendell administration gives city workers, who are negotiating for their own new contracts. Teachers will expect to get at least what they get. BENEFITS.
September 5, 2002 |
Gov. Schweiker called Mayor Street his "soul mate" - at least when it comes to education. Street heralded Schweiker as a man who keeps his word. And, as they swapped praise, those who work around them shook hands, joked, laughed, and shook pom-poms - all part of yesterday's celebration to open the new school year in Philadelphia under a historic partnership between the state and city. After more than a year of sometimes acrimonious negotiations and dealings, state and city officials put on a united and happy front as they participated in the district's "A Fresh Start" campaign.
August 12, 2010
Here's some good news out of Washington for Philadelphia. The child-nutrition bill passed last week by the Senate not only funds school lunches, but also will allow the city school district to continue its successful Universal Feeding Program. The reprieve means the district can continue to serve free meals to more than 110,000 students without requiring their parents to complete paperwork documenting their income level. That step seems superfluous in a city with so many families living in poverty.
September 1, 1999 |
Even amidst clouds of misfortune the city school district has faced over the past few years, there are still the good days. Yesterday was one of them, and all the things that have gone wrong seemed unimportant to teachers and district administrators as they listened to Katiria Colon sing "Hero" during the opening ceremony for the new Creative Arts High School. It was all about her, and 51 others like her. "I am excited," said Colon, a soon-to-be freshman of the new school.