August 26, 2016 |
Pennsylvania needs to take a crash course in school funding fairness. That's one conclusion drawn from the 2016 National Report Card (NRC), which gave the Keystone State a D for its inequitable funding system. Although ranked among states that generally provide high fiscal support to their school districts, Pennsylvania is in the unenviable company of 13 other states deemed regressive in their school-funding levels. According to 2013 data, the most recent available, Pennsylvania school districts with 30 percent of their student body living at the poverty level received 7 percent less per-pupil state funding than school districts with no students living in poverty.
August 25, 2016
ISSUE | FRANK RIZZO Statue 'is deeply offensive' I moved to Philadelphia in 1971 to attend graduate school. Living my first eight years in a city where Frank Rizzo was mayor did not inspire civic pride. I watched his "law-and-order" regime treat with contempt the North Philadelphia community where I was attending school, provoke what would become the MOVE tragedy, destroy the nation's bicentennial celebration with his vicious response to possible protests, and instill fear among law-abiding African American and gay residents.
July 17, 2016
Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman; HarperCollins. 293 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey 'Superlatives stick to her like thumbtacks," Michael Schulman writes early in his chronicle of the making of America's most-acclaimed actress. It is a sign that he comes not to bury her, but to puncture her with praise. The book's title comes courtesy of Streep's 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady . "When they called my name," she said, "I had this feeling, I could hear half of America going, 'Ohhh, no. Oh, come on. Why?
June 24, 2016
ISSUE | SEXUAL ABUSE Greenleaf's conflict Thank you for your editorial exposing certain members of the Pennsylvania Senate for the sham Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, a conflict of interest, and the consequent lack of integrity ("Poor excuse to ignore abuse," Monday). It seems that Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) has a distinct conflict - his law firm represented a religious order in Delaware that was sued by abuse victims.
June 12, 2016 |
Kudos to Obama girls The first daughters are fast approaching adulthood. Malia Obama , who turns 18 on the Fourth of July, graduated from high school on Friday. Dad President Obama , mom Michelle and sister Sasha attended the ceremony at Sidwell Friends in Washington's northwest section. "I'm going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing," the prez told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. The Obamas kept a low profile. "[Obama] was just a total dad. No fanfare.
June 9, 2016 |
Gratz College recently received an endowment gift of $1 million, the largest such gift in the Montgomery County institution's 120-year history, officials said Tuesday. The gift was bequeathed by Berenice Abrams, an alumna from the class of 1936, in memory of her parents, said Joy Goldstein, the college's president. The gift is restricted for the use of the Benjamin and Dorothy Abrams Scholarship Fund, which will aid teachers working in the field of Jewish education. Abrams, 96, died in 2014.
May 23, 2016
Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans is a writer in Glenmoore My son and I almost never fight. Life with this balanced, curious, and fiercely independent child has, by and large, been serene, even joyful. But in this spring of his senior year in high school, Colin and I found ourselves caught up in college admissions mania, a process that engendered not only disillusionment but bickering, disappointment, and, ultimately, some cathartic, necessary, and very difficult conversations. The last time my son and I had found ourselves at odds was when I urged him to try the then-new public high school opening in our school district, the STEM Academy.
May 12, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Grace Savage, 30, and Tom Savage, 29, of Ambler THE KIDS: Thomas (Tripp) Savage III, 22 months; Mollie Grace Savage, born February 3, 2016 THE CONCERT TOM MISSED BECAUSE GRACE WAS IN LABOR WITH MOLLIE: The Owls, an indie rock band; he'd been a fan since age 13. It wasn't a date. It was just An Inconvenient Truth , playing at a nearby movie theater on a summer night. But by the end of the outing, Tom thought Grace was hilarious and Grace thought Tom was easygoing, and they'd talked so long it was nearly morning.
May 2, 2016 |
Question: As my spouse and I decide when to have children, I find myself, the female partner, ambivalent about "motherhood. " It feels like being a "mom" in our culture is so all-consuming and defining of who you get to be and how you get to live that I worry about the rest of me and us. It doesn't seem like my friends have this same anxiety at all. Do you have any words of wisdom? Can I just get over it? It might not shock you to learn that culture and gender are fields I studied in graduate school, and that, yes, my field is slightly-to-quite hostile toward pregnancy/childbearing.
March 31, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Haajar Aziz, 32, and Kamau Halim, 37, of Wynnefield THE KIDS: Laylah Aiyesha-Arlene and Malik Ashtar-Kamau, born Jan. 7, 2016 For Haajar and Kamau, parenthood - in fact, life itself - called for faith and planning. From the moment they met, introduced by older sisters who had been best friends for years, the couple shared a spiritual and a practical agenda. Kamau was finishing graduate work in Buffalo; Haajar had recently returned to Philadelphia after studying theology in Iran.