April 1, 2011 |
Faced with a critical budget shortfall, the Philadelphia School District will unveil the draft of a plan next week to close and consolidate schools to deal with 70,000 empty seats. The meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at the district's headquarters at 440 N. Broad St., is the next step in a process the district calls "right-sizing" that will include six community meetings later in the month. While some changes will be implemented in the fall, district officials said no closings or consolidations would occur until the 2012-13 academic year.
January 9, 2012 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's announcement that it plans to close 49 schools in June not only produced anger and grief, it spawned rumors and misinformation. Some of the errors causing the most consternation centered on school appeals and the hiring process for displaced elementary school teachers. According to some accounts circulating over the weekend, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput had changed his mind and would not review cases where schools believed that the recommended closing was based on factual errors.
March 2, 2010 |
A federal prosecutor said during her closing argument yesterday at the fraud trial stemming from the 2006 death of Danieal Kelly that Danieal's condition at the time she died was proof that the defendants "didn't do their jobs. " Danieal, 14, who had cerebral palsy, died on Aug. 4, 2006. She weighed just 42 pounds and had bed sores that were bone deep. Four employees of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health - co-founders Mickal Kamuvaka and Solomon Manamela, and caseworkers Julius Juma Murray and Mariam Coulibaly - are charged with billing the city for in-home visits to at-risk families that were never made under a $3.7-million contract.
February 5, 2012 |
The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia fighting proposed closings and mergers have held candlelight vigils, organized rallies and marches, and served up spaghetti dinners. As part of their fund-raising campaigns, they have created Facebook pages, set up Twitter accounts, and sold everything from T-shirts to hair tinsel in school colors. They also have made presentations with enrollment data and financial projections to archdiocesan officials. Now, they await word of their fates.
April 23, 2012 |
The Philadelphia School District will massively restructure itself in the coming months, fundamentally altering the way it is organized and run - and possibly closing 40 low-performing, underused schools next year and shifting many more students to charters. The district faces a $218 million shortfall for the coming school year, more than previously stated and subject to rise if Mayor Nutter's proposed city tax plan does not materialize or if a recent charter school ruling is not altered.
January 20, 1994 |
Many Philadelphia businesses shut down by early afternoon yesterday to conserve electric power in response to Gov. Casey's declaring a state of emergency. Some Center City office buildings reported temporary power outages yesterday morning that disrupted operations and caused computer systems to crash. And retailers were hard hit by a lack of customers, who heeded warnings to stay off icy roads. But many manufacturing plants continued operating, often with fewer workers and less than full power, or by running their own generators.
December 6, 2011 |
The U.S. Postal Service frayed nerves Monday with talk of downsizing and diminishing first-class mail service, but officials insisted that no final decisions had been reached about closing more than 250 regional facilities, including large centers in the Philadelphia area. The Postal Service announced its intention to seek the Postal Regulatory Commission's opinion on $3 billion worth of cuts. Among the regional postal facilities under consideration for closure are centers in Tredyffrin Township (Chester County)
January 12, 2014 |
CITING CONCERNS about stability and consistency, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said yesterday that he will not recommend any school closings this year. The announcement follows 30 school closings in the past two years, including 24 a year ago, to address steadily declining enrollment and underutilized buildings. In announcing his decision during a conference call with reporters, Hite said his focus was on bolstering existing neighborhood schools. "The primary factor is we could not guarantee, based on where space was available, we would be improving the academic environment for children," he said.
March 8, 2013 |
The Philadelphia school system is broke, with 53,000 empty seats and a huge stable of buildings it cannot afford to maintain. A well-organized, ardent group of citizens - supported by the powerful teachers union - is pushing back hard against the 29 proposed school closings. Thursday is decision day, as the five members of the School Reform Commission will meet to vote on 27 of the proposed closures and dozens more program shifts and grade changes. (Votes for two closures, proposed more recently, will be taken later.)