April 7, 2015
DREXEL University junior Zakiya James didn't graduate from high school, or even spend much time there. She never took the SATs or got a GED. None of that stopped the 17-year-old from becoming a Drexel Dragon in January. Since transferring to the school, she has been thriving, taking a host of heavy-duty engineering courses. But there's one small problem: Zakiya's parents can't afford Drexel's pricey tuition. Not by a long shot. Her mother, who works as a medical receptionist in Washington, D.C., was able to make Zakiya's housing deposit and gave her money for books, but that was pretty much it. Zakiya has gotten financial aid from the school, but she is faced with the onerous task of coming up with the rest of the money she needs for tuition on her own. It's heartbreaking.
December 31, 2014 |
FRUSTRATED PARENTS and guardians from Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School said they have asked the state for an emergency charter to keep the K-8 school open just days after the founder announced it would close tomorrow. Huddled outside the school's Northern Liberties campus last night, about 10 adults said they were baffled by the short notice of the closing - families received a letter on Friday - and skeptical about the Philadelphia School District's transition process for the roughly 600 displaced pupils.
December 30, 2014 |
The Philadelphia School District said Sunday it would immediately accept transfer students from the abruptly shuttered William D. Palmer charter elementary school. Students can start taking classes in the new year - even without transcripts, said Fernando Gallard, school district spokesman. Classes resume Jan. 3. "What we're planning to do is accept students immediately without transcripts. The thing we have to be aware of is students with special needs," Gallard said.
September 17, 2014 |
Along with books and computers, the Pottstown School District welcomed the new school year with saws and jackhammers. The Montgomery County district's massive, ongoing renovation of its four elementary schools is heading toward the finish line, school officials said. The $28 million project began two years ago, when the 3,200-student district decided to close one of its five elementary schools, Edgewood, and redistribute students among the remaining four elementary buildings, which house about 1,600 students.
July 30, 2014 |
After two years as principal of Cheltenham High School, Andrew Kuhn was recently assigned to the newly created job of "principal on special assignment. " Evidently, he didn't like it very much, as he is taking a $25,000 pay cut to become principal of an elementary school near Reading. Kuhn, 42, who was at the helm of Myers Elementary for three years before taking over the 1,450-student Cheltenham High School, could not be reached for comment. He has been with the district since 2003, and was previously a social studies teacher and department chair at the high school, and also a K-6 summer school principal.
June 18, 2014 |
THE STICKY-FINGERED duo entered the Manayunk school in the early morning hours and walked out with more than a dozen MacBook laptops, police said yesterday. Northwest Detectives yesterday released surveillance video showing the two males entering Dobson Elementary School, on Umbria Street near Wright, about 6:15 a.m. June 10. The pair, which authorities identified as juveniles, broke into a cart where the laptops were charging and stole 13 computers, worth $17,957, police said. A building engineer was inside the school at the time of the theft - he had unlocked the entrance for staffers - but was unaware of the crime, district spokesman Fernando Gallard said.
June 7, 2014 |
After a bitterly fought battle, parents at Luis Muñoz Marín Elementary have voted to keep their school a part of the Philadelphia public school system, rejecting a charter organization's takeover proposal. According to results announced Thursday night by Philadelphia School District officials, 223 parents wanted Muñoz Marín to remain a traditional public school and 70 voted for ASPIRA of Pennsylvania to take control. In a separate vote, 11 members of the school's advisory council wanted to remain with the district.
May 2, 2014 |
PARENT Luisa Vidal is worried about the future of Luis Munoz-Marin Elementary, and the possibility that charter operator Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania will be chosen to manage the school. Vidal, 38, of Hunting Park, says she has questions about Aspira's finances - including the $3.3 million it borrowed from the five schools it manages, according to its tax form 990. "Why should they borrow all that money?" she asked. "Why isn't it going to the school itself? "Where is the money going?
April 14, 2014 |
CHAIRESE HOLMAN and Patrina Anderson took seats at the end of opposite rows inside Bartram High School's auditorium. The two mothers didn't know one another but almost as soon as Holman and I started talking about her 17-year-old son's struggles to get a good education at the violence-plagued school, Anderson chimed in. Anderson, who lives nearby but whose daughter goes to elementary school, was there to talk about Bartram students wreaking havoc...
March 30, 2014 |
If a bus carrying 12 lacrosse players leaves Devon Prep on a weekday afternoon and, at the same time, a bus carrying 12 lacrosse players leaves Delco Christian, what do you call the team that meets in the middle? That was just one of the questions that needed to be addressed last year, after the PIAA granted the two private schools permission to join together as one boys' lacrosse team. Ultimately, the name was a simple decision. They were two schools combining into one team. So they called themselves "Team 21. " Team 21 wears black and white jerseys, because they wanted neutral colors.