June 27, 1987 |
Almost one in four pupils in Philadelphia public elementary schools was not promoted this year, up slightly over last year. District officials, though, say the promotion rate is acceptable because academic standards are being toughened and will be increased again next year. Figures released yesterday show 23 percent, or 24,911 of 108,000 elementary pupils, failed this year, as compared with 21 percent, or 20,003, last year, the first year of the district's toughened promotion policy.
March 12, 1992 |
In response to concerns raised by parents at a school board meeting in January, the Oaklyn Board of Education has released a report on the number of students not promoted to the next grade at the end of the 1989-90 school year. The report, compiled by Superintendent Henry Linder, showed that only 22 percent - not the 28 percent claimed by one parent - flunked in her son's seventh-grade class. One parent told the board on Jan. 27 that 11 of 40 students in her son's class were not promoted.
August 29, 1991 |
About 17 percent of the freshmen and sophomores at the Upper Merion Area High School did not meet requirements last June for promotion to the next grade, according to a district report released Monday. The report raised the eyebrows of some school board members, but others called it evidence that the district's educational program was a rigorous one. According to Assistant Superintendent Laura Michener, 44 of 261 10th graders last year, or 16.9 percent of the class, failed to meet academic standards for promotion to 11th grade before summer school began.
February 9, 1992 |
A surprised Oaklyn Board of Education recently heard complaints from several parents who said that an unusually large number of students in the district were not being promoted. At a school board meeting Jan. 27, Jeanne Ann Brown told the board that 11 of the 40 students in her son's seventh-grade class - 25 percent - were retained two years ago, while 29 moved up to eighth grade. Brown said the information came from her son, who is now in eighth grade at the Oaklyn School.
August 15, 1997 |
Citing a 30 percent failure rate in recent tests of Omega fire suppression sprinklers, Underwriters Laboratories yesterday urged users of the sprinklers to have them tested - and possibly replaced. The devices, made by Central Sprinkler Corp. of Lansdale, came under scrutiny after two Omega model heads failed to operate in two 1995 fires - one in a Michigan hotel and another in a veterans hospital in New York state. UL, of Northbrook, Ill., was initially hired by Central to certify the performance of the Omega heads before they went on the market in 1983.
June 6, 2015
Extra cash. Steady income no matter how long you live. No need to repay. Both explicitly and implicitly, reverse-mortgage pitches often make the equity-tapping loans sound like a risk-free answer for borrowers facing a shortfall in retirement income. But they have a failure rate of about 10 percent, far beyond those of conventional mortgages. That's one reason the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau moved Thursday to advance its campaign aimed at ensuring that homeowners understand their risks, as well as their benefits.
September 2, 2016 |
In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, 43 percent of eligible citizens failed to exercise their right and duty to vote. That failure rate rose to 64 percent in the midterm elections of 2014, the lowest rate since 1942, when the country was engaged in World War II. Recent data suggest that only 25 percent of citizens called for jury duty bother to show up. Americans say they are dissatisfied with the shenanigans of Congress, but polls show...
February 20, 1987 |
The attorney for an environmental group says the state should make auto emission tests tougher because current standards allow too many cars to pass. Jerome Balter of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, the attorney for the Clean Air Council of Philadelphia, said he had urged state officials to tighten the standards after reviewing a recent status report on the two-year-old tailpipe testing program. The quarterly progress report filed early this month under the provisions of a federal court consent decree shows that during the three-month period ending in August 1986, 14 percent of the 653,589 vehicles tested failed on the first try. Under the consent decree, Balter noted, the state had agreed to set standards strict enough to ensure a 20 percent failure rate.
December 3, 1989 |
Although more Northeast public high school students passed the critical ninth grade than the citywide average, at least one-fifth of the students still failed. Also, two of the four Northeast schools sent fewer students to college than the citywide average. Attendance rates, however, were higher at all four Northeast high schools compared with the citywide average. These are some of the findings based on Philadelphia School District statistics released last month in a two-inch-thick report titled "The Superintendent's Management Information Center.
June 19, 1990 |
BABY-MONITOR RECALL Parents, take note: Some models of a device designed to warn that an infant has stopped breathing may not work, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The device, also used to monitor adults who suffer apnea - temporary breathing cessation - is manufactured by Electronic Monitors Inc., which is recalling models RE-134B and Mon-A-Therm Respirate, for those older than 4 years old, and Models RE-134C and RE-134D, for infants. THE DADDY TRACK Here's the latest sociological trend: More than one million divorced and widowed fathers are on the "daddy track," learning to balance children, housework, social life and career as single parents, reports the Census Bureau.