June 11, 2016
By James H. Lytle Given the frequent and considered attention to the challenges and prospects of public schooling in Philadelphia, it may help to have a clearer understanding of why the city's district schools are having such difficulty competing with charter schools. Although this is a simplification, it's reasonably straightforward to explain why charter schools have a substantial advantage. Imagine a charter school with 700 students. It receives approximately $10,000 per student each year from a combination of state, federal, and local government allocations; its 100 special-needs students get an additional $10,000 per year, adding $1 million to the school's annual budget of $8 million a year.
June 10, 2016
ISSUE | PRE-K Early start is key As a retired educator, I agree with three pediatricians concerning early schooling ("Failure to adequately fund pre-K hurts Pa. children," Wednesday). I am especially pleased that they endorsed state funding of structured pre-K programs such as Head Start and Pre-K Counts. I have observed Head Start classrooms while supervising teachers in training and can testify that they provide enriched, holistic environments for children starting at age 3. Besides school readiness, they provide nutrition, training in good health practices, and parental involvement.
May 30, 2016
On May 18, Philadelphia Futures, along with event host Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and his teammates, presented the annual Philadelphia Futures Get in the Game event. Philadelphia Futures provides low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college with access to resources and opportunities necessary for admission and success. Participants came together for the bowling tournament and to support the cause. Guests enjoyed buffet finger food, drinks, bidding on silent-auction items of sports memorabilia and on live-auction items.
May 21, 2016 |
Peco Energy Co. wants to install a self-sustaining "microgrid" in a Delaware County community that has endured a large number of power outages. The utility has asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for permission to spend about $35 million to install the experimental microgrid in Concord Township, Delaware County, along the Route 1 corridor in Concordville. The microgrid, which could operate independently of the regional power grid during an widespread outage, would supply power to a 388-acre area that includes the Concord Township Municipal Complex, a fire station, a sewage-treatment plant, a retirement community, two medical facilities, two motels, two shopping centers, and a Wawa store.
May 18, 2016
By Paul R. Brown and John J. Christopher Woodrow Wilson was a complicated man and, as with many historic figures, left behind an ambiguous legacy. The history books cast him as a pioneering, perhaps idealistic visionary who worked tirelessly to recast the order of international affairs and the community of nations. At the same time, the 28th president sought to cleanse the government of African American civil servants, and some of his political views may have contributed to the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century.
May 18, 2016 |
AT FIRST glance, it seemed too tidy. On Monday night, the best high school pitcher in the country took the mound within long-tossing distance of Citizens Bank Park, the home of the team that happens to be picking first in next month's MLB draft. If Jason Groome had looked to the right before toeing the rubber, he would've seen the Philadelphia skyline peeking behind the second deck at Campbell's Field in Camden. As the sun set over the Delaware, the hulking southpaw was pitching in the shadow of the city he could call home.
May 13, 2016 |
After weeks of lessons on nutritious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, the instructors had given the kids exactly what they wanted: a class entirely focused on desserts. And, still, the students were pushing back. "Why does it have to be healthy cheesecake?" asked Oscar Wolfe, 13. "I don't want to make my cheesecake healthy. " And thus the challenge of trying to undo the negative perception of eating right. "Well, as my mom always says, 'You are going to want dessert, so you might as well put something good in it,' " said Sally Vitez, my daughter, and the namesake of My Daughter's Kitchen, the healthy-cooking program being taught by volunteers at 31 urban schools throughout the region.
May 8, 2016
The Excellent Lombards By Jane Hamilton Grand Central 288 pp. $26 Reviewed by Connie Ogle The Wisconsin apple orchard that belongs to the Lombard family in Jane Hamilton's hypnotic new novel is a beacon for the nostalgic and the hopeful, those who nurse their memories carefully and tend to them the way the Lombards care for their trees, their sheep, even their poor, doomed lambs. Narrator Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard describes the appeal: "There were plenty of people who felt, the minute they started down our long driveway, that they were returning to a bygone time.
May 7, 2016 |
Question: I have been dating a wonderful man for about six months. We love each other and see a future together. He is a recovering addict, which isn't exactly the problem. The problem is I live in fear that he will relapse. He told me he has relapsed numerous times, never getting much past a year sober, but people don't notice because he has been high-functioning. He just made it to 15 months and I feel like I'm looking for signs of a relapse and living in fear of one. How do I manage this?
May 7, 2016 |
TRENTON - Atlantic City inched closer to bankruptcy Thursday as lawmakers spent hours discussing the Assembly speaker's proposed rescue legislation, only to cancel a scheduled voting session, and Gov. Christie said he would rather let the resort town go bankrupt than write "more checks. " "We do not have time to dawdle here," Christie said at a Statehouse news conference, adding that state officials had told him the city would run out of money in 10 days. That would not automatically trigger bankruptcy, but the city would face severe cash-flow problems.