July 15, 2014 |
Maria Ciancetta isn't sure what to believe: Did she make a difference in students' lives, or throw away seven years? When she walked out of Benjamin Franklin High School on a warm day in June, Ciancetta quit the Philadelphia School District - and the education profession - for good. She started out starry-eyed, certain she would work in Philadelphia classrooms for decades. But things deteriorated every year. She said she lacked basic supplies, was ordered to teach in an area where she had no certification or training, and feared for her safety.
May 21, 1986 |
The Medford Lakes Board of Education, embroiled in a dispute with members of the Shamong Township Board of Education about how much to charge Shamong for renting classrooms in Medford Lakes, expects the county superintendent to make a decision in the matter within a week, according to Joseph Butcher, the Medford Lakes superintendent of schools. Medford Lakes, which has the capacity to serve 1,000 students and now has about 500 pupils enrolled, began renting classroom space to Shamong two years ago. For 1985-86, Shamong is paying Medford Lakes $90,000 for nine classrooms, Butcher said.
August 20, 1987 |
The saga of "Aldangate" will continue, the William Penn School Board has decided. By a 6-3 vote, the board Monday approved a resolution instructing district Superintendent John Dirnbauer to negotiate with Aldan Borough officials for restitution for a district-owned portable classroom that the borough gave to the Interboro School District last year. It has been an on-again, off-again issue, and it was on again after the board approved the resolution sponsored by board member John Covert of Lansdowne.
May 10, 1994 |
Gunmen brandishing semiautomatic weapons robbed an armored truck of an undetermined amount of money yesterday in East Falls and then escaped in a stolen van after peppering the truck's engine with gunfire. One wild shot pierced a second-floor classroom window at nearby Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. No one was injured in the 11:30 a.m. heist outside the college, but the stray shot went into Hayward Hall, hit the ceiling and startled students in the classroom, authorities said.
June 27, 1994 |
Wilma "Mimi" Hobbs, a retired classroom assistant for the Philadelphia public schools who was active in her church, died Thursday. She was 70 and lived in West Philadelphia. Hobbs worked for the Board of Education for 17 years. When she retired in 1989, she was a classroom assistant at Turner Middle School at 59th Street and Baltimore Avenue. She had previously worked in the School District's adult basic education program. "My mother was very devoted to her family," said Dr. Ann Adderly, one of her daughters and principal of the Anderson School.
December 8, 2004 |
I JUST added State Sens. Shirley Kitchen's and Stewart Greenleaf's names to my legislative hall of fame. The plaque is in the mail. Of course, they've been around long enough to know we will probably have them or their colleagues lined up in our gunsights for some real or perceived mis-step before the week is out. It just goes with the territory. But their rapid response to a problem I wrote about last week, earns them at least a cease-fire. Greenleaf and Kitchen were prime sponsors of a state-funded tutorial program called Classroom Plus, which provides parents $500 per child to pay for school tutoring if their children test below basic in math and reading.
June 27, 1996 |
School is out at last, and I'm so glad I passed . . . No more books and studies; I can stay out late with my buddies . . . The 1961 song by Gary "U.S. " Bonds comes to mind each summer, when kids swoop by on bikes rather than trudging to class with bookbags. I remember singing it with glee: I'm so glad that school is out, I can jump and shout! Thousands of city youngsters are free for two months to enjoy life beyond the classroom. But according to Temple University Professor Lawrence Steinberg, an adolescent psychologist, their lives beyond the classroom are at the heart of a 25-year decline in achievement levels, which has prompted school reform efforts here and around the country.
October 14, 1986 |
Some wore black armbands to show their displeasure, others sported "SOS" buttons, but striking teachers in the North Penn School District nevertheless obeyed a court order yesterday and returned to their classrooms for the first time this school year. Last week, Montgomery County Court Judge Samuel W. Salus 2d instructed the two sides to negotiate round the clock and over the weekend if necessary, and he ordered the 593 striking teachers back to work by yesterday whether or not an agreement had been reached.
November 23, 1989 |
The day is soon approaching when the computer will be as common in the classroom as blackboards and pencils, educators say. In fact, the National Education Association's special committee on educational technology this year said all schools should design a plan to install a computer on the desk of every teacher by 1991. But along with that technology's impending pervasiveness comes uncertainty: When and how is it appropriate to integrate computing into the classroom? Can students and teachers exploit the computer's full potential?
May 29, 1994 |
Public Opinion and Propaganda got underway at 10 o'clock sharp Monday morning, and although attendance was good, no one was in the classroom. William was at home. Mark was still in his bedroom. Eddie, Sean and Steve were scattered around Drexel University's Korman Center computer cluster. Professor William Rosenberg was in his office. And featured guest Robert Daves was at his editor's chair at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. "Good morning," Daves tapped on the computer keyboard on his desk.