July 25, 1995 |
The state House Democratic Policy Committee yesterday kicked off the first in a dozen statewide town meetings to solicit feedback on education reform and push its own reform agenda. Committee members said they are holding the meetings because Gov. Ridge has been slow in responding to a request for an education summit at which parents, students and community leaders could voice concerns about education. The committee's efforts are largely viewed as an attempt by school choice opponents to ensure that Ridge's now stalled voucher plan isn't resurrected.
November 13, 1998 |
There aren't too many places where you can check out sporting goods, digital player pianos, scissors and glue, not to mention an exhibit of Aedes triseriatus - mosquito larvae wriggling in a plastic container full of water. Then again, there aren't too many events like the annual convention of the New Jersey Education Association - a 150,000-member union that includes 90,000 of the state's public-school teachers. With 50,000-plus attendees expected yesterday and today at the Atlantic City Convention Center, the event is billed as the country's - and perhaps the world's - largest gathering of educators.
May 3, 1996 |
Seventh-grader Marchanda Keels, of Austin Meehan Middle School, was among the 200 middle school students who marched to City Hall yesterday. As part of Law Week, they carried banners to call attention to education issues. The rally was organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Temple Law School, and Philadelphia's Teens, Crime and the Community group.
October 15, 2002
IF HISTORY is any indication, the next governor of Pennsylvania will lead us for eight years. Pennsylvania needs a leader who will make education a priority as we journey through the first decade of the 21st century. The state's education system is at a critical crossroad. We must elect a leader with a plan for reform and the courage to make difficult decisions to improve public education for all. The Pennsylvania Partnership for Public Education is committed to engaging the candidates for Pennsylvania's highest office in discussions on key issues facing education: Education funding.
December 16, 1995 |
A peaceful demonstration over education issues turned ugly yesterday when about 25 people stormed the School District Administration Building to protest the removal of an Overbrook High counselor. Two school police officers were knocked down, but not seriously injured, according to John McLees, the district's director of school security. City police were called, but there were no arrests, he said. "They suddenly ran from the street toward the front door," said School District spokesman Charles Thomson.
September 22, 1991 |
Beginning Tuesday, North Penn School District Superintendent Alan Elko will begin holding monthly coffees with residents to discuss education issues. The meeting times will alternate every month between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to accommodate varying work schedules. A complete schedule of the meetings is available from the school district. The coffees are open to all residents of the North Penn area and will be held in the district's educational service center at Church Road and Hancock Street in Lansdale.
November 3, 2011 |
This summer, it handed out 40,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students in Camden and other low-income areas. This week, one of its founders promised to bail out an after-school program that was set to shutter after state funding cuts. Now, Better Education for Kids (B4K), an organization bankrolled by two hedge-fund managers, is using its cash to help elect candidates who agree with its ideas on education, including tenure reform, voucher programs, and teacher merit pay. The group's political action committee has spent money in four competitive districts, including in Burlington County's Seventh Legislative District, where it has fronted more than $31,000 to send glossy fliers promoting Troy Singleton, a Democrat running for the Assembly, according to financial disclosures filed with the state this week.
October 20, 1997
Residents of Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Voorhees and the other 14 Camden County municipalities in the Sixth Senatorial District have the sort of Election Day problem that other voters in New Jersey might envy - two qualified candidates competing. Both 18-year-veteran Republican Assemblyman John Rocco and six-year incumbent Democrat Sen. John Adler are respected legislators with experience and knowhow. But the choice in this race so vital to which party controls the New Jersey Senate is John Adler.
September 15, 1998 |
The Board of Education yesterday named a national panel of education experts to render an opinion on School Superintendent David Hornbeck's method of rating schools. The six panel members were named eight months after Hornbeck and board members agreed to an independent review. Moreover, the announcement comes two weeks before the School District is scheduled to release its second annual "performance index" rankings for city schools. Board members Jacques Lurie and Thomas A. Mills lobbied for the review nearly a year ago, when the first school rankings were disclosed, and said that Hornbeck's method overstated school gains by including untested students.
January 18, 2013 |
WHENEVER national publications offer a checklist of fun and charming places to visit in Philadelphia, Point Breeze and Grays Ferry usually aren't neighborhoods that make the cut. Both areas have been plagued for years by poverty, blight, crime and struggling schools. Although there's no easy way to cure those deep-rooted urban ailments, Kenny Gamble's Universal Companies has given itself the task of trying to create a path forward for both communities, thanks to a $100,000 neighborhood planning grant it received earlier this month from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.