September 13, 2016
THERE IS a long list of adults who failed Ethan Okula, the 10-year-old foster child who died earlier this year because of an obstructed bowel, misdiagnosed as a stomachache. At the top has to be the boy's father, who regularly beat Ethan and his brother and promised to beat them again if he had the chance. That's when Ethan entered the city's foster-care system. Also on the list is one of his early foster mothers who threw him out on the street when she grew tired of caring for the boy, who had a number of health issues stemming from his premature birth.
August 5, 2016 |
Water damage from a torrential storm last Thursday could delay the start of school for the more than 200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend Elwood Kindle Elementary School in Pitman. Leaks affected most of the rooms at the front of the building, including three classrooms, administrative offices, the top-floor bathrooms, and a few spaces in the basement that are generally used for special education or other basic-skills teaching. "Some of those doomsday rumors are not true.
May 27, 2016
A student brought a loaded handgun to an elementary school in the city's Tioga section Wednesday morning, but a police investigation determined it was an innocent mistake involving his father. The 28-year-old father had the gun, which he is licensed to carry, when he was taking out the trash and didn't want people to see it, so he put it in his son's school bag, police said. The father forgot about the gun and went to work. About 8 a.m. at the K-through-8 Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School, the boy found the gun in his school bag and told a teacher.
May 5, 2016 |
Students are pretty much prohibited from cycling to and from elementary school in bike-friendly Collingswood. Huh? "It's a very bike-able community," says Sara Langdon, mother of two and a leader of a renewed grassroots/social-media effort to overturn the de facto ban. A professional photographer, Langdon notes that in a borough with a bike-share service, new bike racks at Roberts Pool, and Sunday road closures in Knight Park to encourage riding,...
May 4, 2016 |
In an unusual move, Evesham Township announced Monday that it is suing the local school district to halt the planned closing of Evans Elementary School. "The decision to close Evans was wrong," Mayor Randy Brown told a morning news conference, where he stood surrounded by parents of Evans schoolchildren, township officials, homeowners, home builders, and real estate agents. In their complaint, filed Monday in Superior Court, the Township Council and planning board assert that the district failed to submit its closing plan to the planning board for review, as required by state law. Changes to the district's long-range facilities plan are considered part of the township's master plan and subject to planning board review, the suit contends.
April 15, 2016 |
A 14-year-old girl was stabbed during a fight with another girl at an elementary school in Logan on Wednesday morning. School District spokesman Fernando Gallard, speaking outside Jay Cooke Elementary at 1300 W. Loudon St., said the girls were both eighth graders. The fight happened in the third-floor hallway about 8:30, when students were just arriving for the day. "Unfortunately, it ended up in one of the students' grabbing a pair of scissors and stabbing the other" in the upper chest and an arm, Gallard said.
April 14, 2016
ISSUE | CITY SCHOOLS Rhodes Elementary needs help After his visit to E.W. Rhodes Elementary School, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan proclaimed that the school "doesn't need to be turned around again" ("Union opposes plan to turn around school," Thursday). Katie McGinty, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, called the North Philadelphia school an "inspiration. " The data tell a different story. In the 2014-15 school year, only 9 percent of its students were rated at least "proficient" on the state reading exam, and 1 percent - three students - were proficient in math.
April 1, 2016 |
Ryan Arcidiacono entered Neshaminy High School in 2008 and graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2012 and went nowhere else in between. It's maybe the most revealing item on his curriculum vitae, a small but significant indication of how and why he has developed into the point guard, the captain, and the beating heart of a Villanova team two victories from a national championship. Understand why he went there, understand why he stayed there, and you'll understand how he got here. These days, an elite Division I basketball recruit is often an ambitious nomad, bouncing from one high school to the next, from one AAU program to the next.
March 19, 2016 |
Almost every day, growing up around 19th and Carpenter Streets, Dion Waiters and his friends would spend hours playing hoops in Southwest Center City and Point Breeze. The Marian Anderson Rec Center on 17th Street. The Christian Street Y. The Chew Playground on Washington Avenue, a citywide proving ground. "If you were a basketball player, you knew you had to go to 19th and Washington," said Malik Tappe, who in the early 2000s played against Waiters, now a key reserve for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
March 19, 2016 |
Evesham Township is losing an elementary school. The school board voted, 6-3, to close Evans Elementary School, with district officials citing declining enrollment and rising costs. Evesham School District currently operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools. Closing Evans, officials said, will allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic programming. Enrollment has fallen 18 percent from a high of 5,436 students in 2004, with a consultant projecting further decline to fewer than 4,000 students in five years.