April 29, 2016 |
Donald A. Borden, a longtime Camden County schoolteacher and administrator, will inherit a campus in motion when he becomes Camden County College's president this summer. Like other community colleges, the school has resorted to layoffs and budget crunches to respond to enrollment and revenue declines. The college has about 100 fewer jobs than two years ago, including six people laid off just a few weeks ago at Borden's recommendation. "I've seen it in so many places, when you're cutting and you're cutting, and the money's going down, and your student body's going down - you just fall into this malaise," Borden said.
January 16, 2016
By Jacob Vigdor and Josh McGee The school wars never seem to end in Philadelphia. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s recently announced intention to close several schools and convert them into charters has met opposition. One might be tempted to conclude that providing outstanding public education is impossible in this climate, but there are beacons of excellence. According to a new school rating system we've developed - found at SchoolGrades.org - half the elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia receive an F grade, putting them on par with the average performance of schools in countries at the bottom of international education rankings, like Serbia and Thailand, and well below the national average.
September 20, 2014 |
A hearing on an emergency request by Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School for $1.4 million from the Philadelphia School District was postponed by a Common Pleas Court judge until Friday. The school, which had warned it might close as soon as Friday without the money, will continue to operate normally. "We're opening the school tomorrow," said Palmer, who founded the school that bears his name. "But each day is critical time," he said after the proceeding was delayed.
June 28, 2013 |
A PHILADELPHIA substitute teacher was awarded back pay and interest after filing a complaint that he was discriminated against because he is from Kenya, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said yesterday. The commission ordered K-12 Staffing of Philadelphia to pay Paul Musumba $1,573. Musumba alleged that the company failed to pay him for 17 of the 27 days he worked as a substitute teacher for the vendor in September and October 2011, the commission said in a news release.
December 20, 2012 |
A different type of match was made this week in the Philadelphia region's Jewish education community - and the product of the union will be named the Robert M. Saligman Middle School of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. On Tuesday night, the boards of the Perelman Jewish Day School and Barrack Hebrew Academy met separately and approved merging their programs for grades six through eight. After this school year ends, Perelman's Saligman Middle School will move from its Melrose Park location at the Mandell Education Campus on Old York Road to a building that will become the new middle school on Barrack's 35-acre campus in Bryn Mawr.
December 15, 2012 |
Herbert F. Johnson, 66, of Pitman, a lifelong educator who served as superintendent of the Lindenwold public schools from 1994 to 2000, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, of a heart ailment while swimming in the Gloucester County Institute of Technology pool, his morning ritual for 20 years. When Mr. Johnson assumed the helm of the small school system, consisting then of three elementaries, he was handed the state-mandated task of reassigning students to achieve racial balance. "Many parents weren't real pleased with him over that," said his wife, Sally.
December 11, 2012
By Rhonda Brownstein The Pennsylvania Department of Education is considering eight new cyber charter school applications, including four that would target Philadelphia-area students. It should not approve a single one. The academic performance of the more than 32,000 students in the state's 16 existing cyber charter schools - the most in any state - raises serious questions about these primarily online schools, and it should give the Education Department great pause. Moreover, state laws governing cyber charters require the department to review the schools every year, and to close them if they aren't meeting state standards.
November 29, 2012
FRIDAY IS the deadline for district students to exercise their educational options: apply to a citywide high school; apply to a special admission high school; or transfer to a district neighborhood school. Students and parents can explore their choices at greatphillyschools.org, which has compiled ratings for more than 400 K-12 schools in the city. The site, run by the Philadelphia School Partnership and several nonprofit partners including the Urban Affairs Coalition, offers ratings and information on district, charter, Catholic and private schools.
October 17, 2012 |
LUCIANA BOONE is a parent of a freshman at Philadelphia High School for Girls and an eighth-grader at KIPP West Philadelphia Charter School. Like most parents, she is concerned about the quality of the education her kids receive and, ultimately, how to find the right school for them. "Two years ago, when I was looking, for my daughter, I had to go to multiple sites and get information from a lot of different places to create my own spreadsheet, so I could compare," said Boone, a member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, an organization supporting parental-choice policies and programs.