September 4, 2016 |
When he retired from a career in the military in 2012, Jose Martinez was at a loss as to what to do next. He was divorced, raising children, and adjusting to life out of the uniform. His skills in telecommunications had grown stale, and he had to go back to school. Today, just four years later, Martinez, 43, wears two hats: one, as executive director of the Veterans Group, a house for homeless vets on Baring Street in University City; the second, as leader of the Mission Continues, a national nonprofit started in St. Louis that recruits veterans and active-duty service personnel for community projects.
May 9, 2016 |
THE ODDS were against Hector Ivan Colon, who grew up in the so-called Badlands of North Philadelphia. He had plenty to worry about living at 9th and Indiana: "Just surviving. It was always shoot-outs and drug dealing on the corner. "Life wasn't easy. It was stressful. I just honestly wanted to move. I really didn't have a childhood there. I was always in school or inside the house. It was never safe enough to be outside and just play. " Now 22, he has a much brighter outlook on life.
June 13, 2014 |
With time ticking away to solve the School District of Philadelphia's latest budget crisis, district officials went to a skeptical City Council Wednesday with a new last-minute plea for funding. "We'll be straight about it," said Sophie Bryan, chief of staff for the School Reform Commission. "We are asking for every dollar we can possibly get. " The plea came on a day when about 100 high school students left classes and joined teachers, parents, and activists in a march down Broad Street chanting, "S.O.S.
June 13, 2014 |
DOZENS of Philadelphia students walked out of class yesterday and marched through Center City to demand more funding for public schools from city and state elected officials. The demonstration began at the school district's headquarters at Broad and Spring Garden streets, with students from at least three schools joined by members of Action United, a statewide advocacy organization for the working class. The group of about 100 people marched to City Hall and ended the trek at Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office at the Bellevue.
February 17, 2014 |
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL senior Kiara Gil-Jimenez had no problem performing a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in English class - despite the tricky dialogue spoken by Lord Capulet when he learns that his daughter doesn't want to marry Paris. "Thank me no thankings nor proud me no prouds, "But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next," Gil-Jimenez recited from the play during a recent class. Gil-Jimenez and her senior classmates are taking part in the "Romeo and Juliet Project," a 12-day residency hosted by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
November 5, 2013 |
Eighty counselors laid off in a brutal budget crunch will return to Philadelphia schools Monday - not enough help, officials said, but good news nonetheless. Now, every high school will have at least one or the equivalent of one full-time counselor. Some schools will divide the counselor position between two people. Overall, 169 schools will have counseling services five days a week, and 46 will have one counselor shared between two schools. Sixty-three counselors remain laid off. The $45 million Gov. Corbett released to the Philadelphia School District last month is paying for the counselors' return.
December 14, 2012
OVER THE NEXT few days, school district officials will hold four citywide meetings to discuss issues related to the changes taking place in the district. * Saturday 10 a.m. to noon - South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St. * Monday 6 to 8 p.m. - Sayre High School, 5800 Walnut St. * Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. - Edison High School, 151 W. Luzerne St. * Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. - Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave. Also, 16 community forums will be held across the city from Jan. 8 to Feb. 27. For more information, visit philasd.org/fmp or call 215-400-6464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
June 16, 2010 |
Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said Wednesday that city students' state test scores are up for the eighth consecutive year. "For the first time ever, more than half of our students now score in the proficient or advanced level," Ackerman said in brief remarks before the School Reform Commission. Students in third through eighth grade and eleventh grade took the exams in reading and math this spring. Ackerman also said that the district's "Empowerment" schools - 105 chronically failing schools given extra supports and closer scrutiny by the central office - mostly showed "significant and dramatic" gains in reading and math.
May 30, 2010 |
Daniel Guzmán gasps a little as his prom date walks down the stairs into the living room. "Ma, you look really nice," the 18-year-old Edison High School senior tells Wanda Alicea, a vision with magenta hair, a purple gown, and 4-inch turquoise Lady Gaga heels. Wanda, a 41-year-old mother of five and grandmother of two, blushes while trying not to fall. "Oh, Papi, I hope I don't kill myself in these shoes. " Death was not on Daniel's mind when he asked his mom to accompany him on arguably one of the most important nights in a teenager's life.
May 11, 2010
Edison High School outlasted George Washington in a wild baseball game that took 3 hours and 55 minutes to complete yesterday. Edison trailed by 8-0 and 13-2, then led by 20-15 before Washington rallied. Jake Wright made it 20-20 with a three-run homer in the home seventh. The Owls won it for reliever Gonzalo Lebron on Miguel Delgado's RBI single. Jose Sosa hit two homers for four RBI. Teammate Chris Lopez also homered, as did Washington's Dan Meade. One umpire tried to halt the game at 6:30.