September 26, 2013 |
A RAUCOUS CROWD of hundreds packed a Coatesville school board meeting last night as furor continued to swirl around dozens of text messages in which two school administrators hurled racial epithets and other slurs about students and faculty members. Members of the crowd, which spilled into the aisles and out the doors of a 750-seat auditorium at Coatesville Area Senior High School, demanded that the board fire former superintendent Richard Como and former high-school athletic director Jim Donato outright over the texts, which came to light this weekend, rather than accept their resignations.
December 6, 2010
A story on campaign contributions to newly elected House member Jon Runyan did not appear in all editions of Sunday's Inquirer. The story can be found on B4. A story in Sunday's Inquirer on the Philadelphia Housing Authority's hiring of belly dancers and yodelers as part of its diversity training incorrectly described the role of Kirk Dorn, a former PHA official. Dorn said he attended the festivities that capped a full program of diversity training, but was not involved in the planning.
December 5, 2010 |
With the federal government cutting housing subsidies in 2006, Philadelphia Housing Authority managers spared no expense to take "diversity awareness to a new level. " How else to explain the karaoke singers, salsa dance instructor, Swiss Alps yodelers, and belly dancers who were mingling with PHA middle managers at the Wilson Park Community Center? The cost: about $17,150, including $1,200 for the belly dancers. The evening's finale began when four exotically clad belly dancers pulled members of the audience into their show.
January 29, 2010
RE STU Bykofsky's column on the tefillin incident: May I suggest that he's far too nice and forgiving? When I came to Philadelphia in 1982 after being born and raised in New York, I remember planning to leave my office early in advance of Rosh Hashana. I said to my husband that I would catch an earlier train. He said, what makes you think there will be an earlier train? I naively replied that, in New York, they always put on more trains for people going home early for the Jewish holidays.
January 19, 2010 |
Until yesterday, Erica Riddick had never really interacted with her immigrant counterparts at South Philly High, who spend most of the school day in bilingual classes on the second floor. Riddick, 17, and a group of students of many races and ethnicities gathered on the second floor of the school, which was the site last month of attacks on Asian students by a group of black students. "I liked interacting with new people I didn't know and learning new stuff about the Asian culture," she said.
January 14, 2010 |
It was, as one parent described it later, a "love fest" - people waving signs and declaring their support of Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. The outpouring came at yesterday's School Reform Commission meeting, where a state representative and several parents spoke glowingly of Ackerman, who in the last month has taken heat for her handling of racial violence at South Philadelphia High. "We all need to follow your leadership," Rep. Tony Payton Jr. (D., Phila.
January 7, 2010 |
The racial violence at South Philadelphia High School last month has drawn the official attention of yet another government agency. The Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs yesterday expressed "deep concern" over the Dec. 3 beatings of 30 Asian students by large groups of primarily African American pupils, and announced that it would monitor the situation at the school. The advisory commission, which has no enforcement power, is at least the sixth authority to open an investigation, hold hearings, or focus an official eye on the school.
December 30, 2009 |
A state panel has voted to investigate allegations of racial discrimination against immigrant students at South Philadelphia High, the second such independent probe. The Pennsylvania Commission of Human Relations' inquiry could expand to examine bias against immigrants throughout the Philadelphia School District, said Stephen A. Glassman, chair of the commission. The commission voted to open the probe on Monday night - after a private meeting with district officials and a public session where community members said students still felt targeted at the school.
December 17, 2009 |
Throughout Tuesday night's meeting with Asian students, immersed in a tense boycott of South Philadelphia High School after racial attacks, district Superintendent Arlene Ackerman told the youths they must come back to class. At different points, participants said yesterday, she took different tacks: She urged them to come back. She ordered them to come back. She warned them they had better come back. Finally, as the meeting wound toward an end, two hours after it started, she appealed to them to come back.
December 8, 2009
A city with a long history of racism against African Americans can't afford to dismiss allegations that Asian students have now become the targets of blacks. Dozens of Asian students at South Philadelphia High School say they have faced verbal and physical abuse by African American students. Even more troubling, students and community activists say, the alleged racial violence has been happening for years, and the district has not done enough to address the problem. District officials contend that, overall, violence at the school is down 55 percent, and that progress has been made to improve race relations.