November 13, 2015 |
The students, all fourth and fifth graders, came from the same school. Yet they were so different. Some were shy and slow to speak. Others were loud and boisterous, eager to crack jokes and make noise. All 10 students, from the Gesu School, in North Philadelphia, were at the Rosemont School of the Holy Child, in Montgomery County, for the same reason: to expand their education. On this October day, they were there to examine Japanese culture. In a roundtable discussion to open the session, Rosemont teachers Matt Nuttall and Greg Soltis told the students to name a few things they thought they knew about Japan.
November 10, 2015 |
Dr. Mona Reidenberg Sutnick, 79, of Center City, died Oct. 25 of complications from dementia. Dr. Sutnick was an award-winning nutrition educator and author of the book Nutrition and Women's Health . Though she was born in Philadelphia in 1936, she spent her childhood in a variety of locations, thanks to her father's job as a Navy doctor during WWII. "She used to say that she must have attended six different schools before the sixth grade," said her husband, Dr. Alton Sutnick.
November 8, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will receive a $1 million grant from the federal government to improve educational programming inside state prisons, Gov. Wolf announced Friday. The funds, awarded as part of a program called "Improved Reentry Education," will allow the department to partner with state colleges and universities, local labor agencies, and others to provide more educational and work-training programs to young inmates, Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel said in a statement.
November 1, 2015 |
A cyber school that got into hot water with the state Department of Education for operating more like a regular charter than an online school said it plans to apply to open a traditional charter school in Philadelphia next fall. Nicholas Torres, chief executive of the Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School, which focuses on students with learning needs, confirmed Friday that Education Plus wants to operate a brick-and-mortar charter in the district. He said the company would submit its application before the School Reform Commission's Nov. 15 deadline.
October 25, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors made a sharp turn Friday afternoon in the bank- and tax-fraud trial of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., portraying him as a budding executive being groomed as the "right-hand man" of a Philadelphia School District contractor. Earlier in the week, government witnesses focused on his throwing huge Super Bowl parties, enjoying fancy clothes, and spending afternoons lounging on his couch, eating pizza and watching Law and Order . But on Friday, government witness Mattie Thompson told the jury of his managing school budgets, finances, grants, and banking for Delaware Valley High School Inc., a now-defunct for-profit network of schools for students with disciplinary problems.
October 23, 2015 |
Citigroup and the Wharton School are launching a joint three-year executive education program called Citi Wharton Global Wealth Institute, scheduled to open in December on the main University City campus and on Wharton's campus in Beijing. The program could enroll as many as 1,000 of Citi's 4,000 or so retail financial advisers around the world over three years, said Rodolfo Castilla, head of Citi's Global Wealth Management Products and Platforms. Why did the world's largest bank choose Wharton?
October 20, 2015
IF YOU ever wondered what the Pennsylvania Board of Education does, the answer is . . . not much. Not much at all, according to a critical report by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The 21-member board is tasked with creating and updating the Commonwealth Master Plan for education. It's independent of the state Department of Education, which has the job of implementing and overseeing the policies set by the board. The Board of Education has regulatory power over an array of educational issues: school performance, staff certification, school finance and transportation, to name a few. As DePasquale's report put it last week, the board is supposed to provide a "road map" for education policy in Pennsylvania.
October 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's auditor general on Tuesday assailed the state Department of Education as slow to change, beset by apathy, and mired in what he called "bureaucratic ineptness. " In an 81-page report summarizing what he said was his most difficult examination of a state agency, Eugene DePasquale slammed the department for doing little or nothing to help improve 561 schools it identified as low-performing two years ago, for not updating its master education plan in 16 years, and for letting a former education secretary collect a $140,000 consulting paycheck for essentially doing no work.
September 23, 2015 |
THE NEWS, once received, prompted former Waldron Mercy Academy educator Margie Winters to scream. She told the Daily News that she "screamed with joy"when an official with the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign informed her yesterday afternoon that she and her wife would be guests at tomorrow's White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington, D.C. "We're absolutely elated [and] overjoyed," her wife, Andrea Vettori, said last night. "You can't put into words something like that.
September 22, 2015 |
Seventy-seven students are jammed into Lisa Zeiger's first gym class at Mastbaum High School. The second class isn't much better - there are 71. The third goes down to 68. Zeiger, a veteran Philadelphia teacher, calls it her "managed chaos. " Under the blue-and-red banners commemorating championship Mastbaum Panthers teams, she sets up "stations" - students shooting baskets, tossing a football, playing volleyball, but some bored, hot kids just sit on the bleachers by the end of the class.