August 29, 2013
Despite compelling evidence that early education jump-starts learning for disadvantaged youngsters, automatic budget cuts triggered by Congress could have a devastating impact on a federal program that puts preschool within reach of poor families. As many as 57,000 children nationwide could be denied a place in Head Start programs this year as a result of a $400 million funding reduction, the largest in the program's history. Pennsylvania will lose about 2,812 slots, while New Jersey will lose 1,144.
May 26, 2013
Dereje Wordofa is regional director of Africa for the American Friends Service Committee The presence of Secretary of State John Kerry at this month's 50th-anniversary celebration of the Organization of African Unity is an important opportunity to set a new course in U.S. relations with African nations. U.S. policies can make or break the great progress the continent is making in reducing armed conflict and increasing peaceful transitions to power. The potential for peace and development in Africa is closer to fruition than at any time in recent history.
April 30, 2013
By Michael Zimmerman My head was suddenly jerked backward. It was my high school freshman English class. A boy sitting behind me, whom I didn't know very well, had a fistful of my hair tight in his hand. He leaned in too close and whispered a threat. It hurt. I was startled and trying to think what to say or do to get out of this situation when the teacher walked in. The boy turned me loose. Perhaps the teacher didn't see - he certainly didn't acknowledge anything. I leaned forward, fearful.
February 8, 2013
THE PHILADELPHIA School District's bold decision to close 37 public schools has understandably elicited howls of protest from some students, parents, staff, alumni and community activists. Certainly, it's a drastic and painful decision. Some of the concern is certainly valid and should be given serious consideration by the School Reform Commission when it makes the ultimate decision next month about which schools to close. Some of the opposition to the closings, though, is less cut and dry: some is simply nostalgia, some of it is knee-jerk resistance to change and some is clearly desperate - such as the allegation that the closings are racist.
April 19, 2012 |
STATE REP. Angel Cruz is going after his seventh term in the Legislature facing the same two opponents he had two years ago - retired Police Officer Jonathan Ramos and social worker Anthony Johnson. For most veterans with party backing, re-election is a cakewalk. But Cruz, 46, defeated Ramos by just 139 votes in 2010 and figures to have another tight race, thanks in part to an ongoing feud with Carlos Matos, a continuing political power in the city's Latino community despite a recent federal-prison term for bribery.
April 19, 2012 |
For many state House candidates, Tuesday's primary will be a ceremonial coronation for a noncompetitive race in November, but the opposition for some veteran state representatives offers some interesting twists. Here's a look what State Reps. Angel Cruz, Babette Josephs, and James Roebuck are up against in their races: Cruz vs. Johnson, Ramos State Rep. Angel Cruz is going after his seventh term in the legislature facing the same two opponents he had two years ago - retired police officer Jonathan Ramos and social worker Anthony Johnson.
February 10, 2012 |
Day and night, SEPTA operators witness the soul of the city. There are the regulars, Mr. and Miss So-and-so. There are hotel workers, casino workers, and fast-food workers, uniforms rumpled, coming home from the suburbs. There are suited professionals headed to Center City. There are honor students and delinquents. There are girlfriends cradling their babies on prison visits. There are tourists and shoppers. There are drunk partygoers coming out of Old City. There are twitchy addicts headed to Kensington and Allegheny; on the return, their fare is up their arms.
September 21, 2011 |
Helen Fay Lovett, 88, a retired librarian and volunteer at the Peace Center in Langhorne, died Sunday, Aug. 28, of complications from a stroke at Pennswood Village, a retirement community in Newtown. Mrs. Lovett worked in the libraries at Newtown Friends School and George School. In 1969, she earned a master's degree in library science from Rutgers University and then joined the Bucks County Free Library as adult extension librarian. In the 1970s, Mrs. Lovett established a 2,000-book library in the Bucks County Prison.
July 26, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may have so much deskwork to do that exercising your body seems like something that could only happen in your fantasy life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The people in your environment now may not be related, but they sure act as if they are. You'll play the parent. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Many people witness the same event, and each one will remember it differently. Your version will be the most accurate. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Sometimes you're happier observing the goings on instead of participating in them.
September 7, 2010 |
THREE YEARS in as head of Philadelphia public schools and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has the battle scars to show for it. Last school year, she faced harsh criticism for her handling of the beatings of dozens of Asian students at South Philadelphia High, which resulted in a student protest and boycott, a federal probe and the recent letter by the Department of Justice validating the students' complaints. She also faced intense scrutiny over both her high salary and a hefty bonus.