November 13, 2015 |
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation wants to change the conversation about Philadelphia public schools to keep talented millennials from leaving the city once they have school-age children. The Miami-based philanthropy was scheduled to announce Thursday that it had awarded $250,000 to the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia to promote what is working in district schools and highlight student achievement. "It's a one-year grant, and it's really designed to help us do things that nonprofits often don't get the money to do," said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, president and chief executive of the fund, created in 2003 to secure and manage financial gifts to the district.
November 4, 2015 |
Even if you've been only a sporadic follower of the Black Lives Matter movement, you've probably read one of DeRay Mckesson's tweets. The 30-year-old Minneapolis school administrator-turned protester is cofounder of We the Protesters and Campaign Zero, which work to improve community-police relations. He's become one of the faces at the movement's forefront. After the shooting of Michael Brown in August 2014, Mckesson drove to Ferguson, Mo., and began tweeting updates. Soon he was doing it in New York for Eric Garner; Baltimore for Freddie Gray; McKinney, Texas, where black teens were harassed by police at a party; and other cities.
October 16, 2015 |
PARENTS AND teachers last night spoke out against the school district's plan to convert three low-performing schools to charters, claiming the process excludes parents and would expand the reach of costly charters in the district. Under the proposal, Huey, Cooke and Wister schools would be turned over to charter operators and be designated as Renaissance charters, which now include about 20 formerly district-run schools. Deanna Lewis, a teacher at Huey, on Pine Street near 52nd in West Philadelphia, said the faculty is fully capable of helping students achieve but hasn't been given the necessary resources.
October 10, 2015 |
Odd things happen when someone drops an old couch onto the lush green lawn of the National Constitution Center. "It's like Friends ," one man cried, piling onto the cushions with his buddies. Others traced an invisible curved line with their steps, staying far from the couch and its tenders, waving away offers of handout cards. Some tourists on Independence Mall accepted an invitation to sit. Others shot cellphone photos. A few, touched by the effort, shared intimate details of their lives that they might have withheld if not for the public prodding of a worn, gray-and-blue sofa.
October 3, 2015 |
Sweeping changes are afoot for the Philadelphia School District, with closures, conversions to charter schools, and even new schools proposed Thursday by the superintendent. In all, 5,000 students at 15 schools would be affected by the plan, which requires School Reform Commission approval. It has a price tag of up to $20 million. Though the plan drew swift protests from some quarters, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. called the changes "exciting" moves designed to increase equity in city schools.
September 29, 2015 |
Bill Fisher was starting to think of ways to perk up his players. "Fourth and 18, I'm standing there thinking: 'What am I going to tell these kids at 0-3?' " said Fisher, Seneca's head football coach. Who knows? Fisher might have unfurled some masterful words of wisdom. But as it turns out, he didn't need them. Seneca converted that fourth and 18 in overtime, scored the tying touchdown two plays later, and added the decisive extra point to emerge with a 28-27 victory over Moorestown in a pulse-pounder on Friday night.
September 24, 2015 |
Margie Winters was waiting. It had been three months since she was fired as director of religious education at Waldron Mercy Academy because the archdiocese could not stomach her same-sex marriage. Now, Winters was waiting to hear if she - or any other Philadelphia LGBT Catholic - might be granted an audience with Pope Francis, who was just days away from arriving in Philadelphia. Perhaps a small event, a chance for a conversation. Even attending any of the official World Meeting of Families events would do. Winters, and so many openly gay Catholics like her, just wanted to start a dialogue.
July 13, 2015
MY HUSBAND has stage-4 cancer and is in constant pain. A big worry for him is my being alone in life after his passing. Several months ago when the subject came up, I told him that while I'm not a prophet, I know I'll be OK. I'm a social person. I have a nice support group with various organizations, and I'm close with family and co-workers, etc. Four months ago, a high school friend and I reconnected. We have shared many conversations and have built a meaningful relationship. The gnawing question is: Do I share this information with my husband now, wait until he mentions his leaving me alone again or say nothing?
May 19, 2015 |
The team that could not score from the 1-yard line two times with the 49ers game on the line in September wants all two-point conversions to be from that distance. And it just so happens that the Eagles could have a roster this year that is better equipped to make those plays. NFL owners will consider three proposals to change the extra point this week at the league meetings in San Francisco. One is from the Eagles, who are proposing to move extra points from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, two-point conversions from the 2-yard line to the 1, and for defenses to be allowed to return a turnover for two points on the play.
May 16, 2015 |
The NFL will consider three proposals for changing the extra point at the spring meetings next week. One is from the Eagles. The Eagles proposed snapping from the 15-yard line for an extra point but moving the ball to the 1-yard line for a two-point conversion. They also want the two-point conversion to be a scoring opportunity for the defense, which could return it for two points on a turnover. The New England Patriots proposed the same extra point but added the two-point conversion from the 2-yard line.