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.
November 19, 2015 |
ACROSS THE CITY, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals and the proceeds of side jobs she works "to support my teaching habit": a colorful, voluminous classroom library. City and school officials want to change that. Yesterday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton Elementary to launch a $3.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.
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.
January 14, 2016 |
A Neshaminy High School teacher and coach who had been on leave since an alleged head-butting incident during a basketball game this month has returned to the classroom, the Neshaminy School District said in a statement Tuesday. Jerry Devine had been on administrative leave after video surfaced of him evidently head-butting a referee during his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School. Devine, who teaches history and algebra, is in his 15th year at Neshaminy, according to his biography on the school's website.
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.
March 3, 2015 |
At 12, Jimera know she wants to be a teacher, and she already has what it takes to be a good one, beginning with the fact that she loves going to school. Her favorite subjects in fifth grade are English, math, and history, but, truth be told, there isn't a class that she doesn't enjoy. In addition to her own studies, she helps tutor other students in her classroom. The grownups around her describe Jimera as a born leader, intelligent, resilient, and outspoken. Charming, too. Outside school, her activities are wide-ranging, from camping, jumping rope and swimming to singing and dancing.
October 28, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater may well be the friendliest stage group in town, in the way audiences are greeted and gently indoctrinated into classical theater. As much as that friendliness is appreciated, its production of Henry V walks a line between reinterpretation and trivialization in an updated version that takes place in a modern classroom where a handful of kids reenact the play. It's a 40/60 situation, the larger proportion being the less desirable. Such ideas are often used as framing devices that disappear once the plot kicks in and the actors start playing the characters for real.