September 13, 2013 |
In a year when the Alabama governor blocked schoolhouse doors in support of segregation and a March on Washington aimed to crush it, Lower Merion had its own 1963 moment. The Main Line branch of the NAACP protested that students in the Lower Merion School District's predominantly black Ardmore Avenue Elementary School were receiving an inferior education. The NAACP wanted the school closed. Wendell Holland, 61, understands why the disparity was wrong. But as a student there, the solution wasn't easy to accept.
January 12, 2012 |
One of Lower Merion's unforgettable families has a message: Forget about us. "We're done," Michael Robbins said Wednesday. Robbins spoke minutes after his daughter Paige, 20, dropped her invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District, the same district that last year paid his son Blake $175,000 to resolve allegations that it had spied on him through a school-issued laptop. But like Blake Robbins' case, which drew an international spotlight to the district and stirred finger-pointing and contempt from parents and officials inside it, this one didn't end without a dose of theater.
September 1, 2016 |
A Montgomery County judge has ordered the Lower Merion School District to revoke its latest tax hike, saying the district misled taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits to justify raising taxes 4.4 percent when it actually had socked away millions of surplus dollars. In what may be an unprecedented win for Pennsylvania taxpayers, Common Pleas Judge Joseph A. Smyth said in his decision Monday that the district could increase taxes for 2016-17, but no more than 2.4 percent. The judge said he would "leave for another day" the question of rebates, refunds, and credits for those who already paid their current school tax bills.
September 3, 2016 |
To those he has vanquished in court - the aviation giants that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to his crash-victim clients, the critics he has sued for libel, and most recently the Lower Merion School District, ordered this week to revoke a tax hike - it may come as a surprise that lawyer Arthur Alan Wolk loves puppies. "She's the sweetest thing on the planet," Wolk said, fussing over his new 13-week-old golden retriever during a phone call Wednesday from his vacation home in Del Mar, a beach town near San Diego.
August 1, 2016 |
High school students in the Lower Merion School District will be catching a bit of a break this coming year: It will be easier to ace tests, and not as easy to flunk them. Under a new grading policy, a score of 90 will be enough for an A, down from the traditional cutoff of 92. At the other end of the measuring stick, a failing grade now will be 59 and under, instead of 64. What's behind the grade-point pick-me-up? Some Lower Merion parents complained that the decades-old system of eight points per letter grade - falling out of favor nationwide as districts adopt the more forgiving 10-point scale - could cast their children in an unfair comparative light when they apply for colleges and merit scholarships.
February 5, 2016 |
A suit filed by a Main Line attorney argues that the Lower Merion School District, one of the region's wealthiest and most highly regarded, has misled the public about its finances and should remit its $55 million surplus to taxpayers. The class-action suit, filed Monday in Montgomery County Court by Arthur Wolk, a lawyer who lives in Gladwyne, seeks a long list of remedies, including a five-year moratorium on tax increases. It says that the district has misappropriated funds and that its large surplus was "ill-begotten.
July 17, 1986 |
Narberth school children should have a safer walk to Merion Elementary School beginning this fall, a Narberth parent says. Estelle Munson Elesh said her yearlong battle to improve safety conditions along Rockland and South Narberth Avenues appeared to have paid off. Elesh and other parents had petitioned both Narberth Borough and the Lower Merion School District in an unsuccessful effort to have a crossing guard assigned at the intersection of...
December 28, 2011 |
Lower Merion School District has resolved another lawsuit with a former student over its secret monitoring of student laptops. The district reached a settlement last week with Joshua Levin, a 2009 graduate of Harriton High School. In a lawsuit filed in June in federal court, Levin contended the suburban school district violated his civil rights by capturing nearly 8,000 webcam photos and screen shots from his school-issued laptop between September 2008 and March 2009. Levin's lawyer said Wednesday the settlement proposal was higher than the $10,000 payments offered to other affected students but he would not discuss details.
December 1, 2011 |
A Lower Merion student who alleged that Harriton High School officials used a webcam to spy on him, then made the charges stick in court, has been cited for vehicle-code violations in Lower Merion. Blake J. Robbins, 17, of the 400 block of Hidden River Road, Penn Valley, was cited Nov. 26 by Lower Merion police officer Stephen M. Salera for driving an unregistered vehicle and displaying a license plate on the wrong vehicle. Robbins and his parents, Michael and Holly, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
June 8, 2011 |
Eight months after the Lower Merion School District thought it had settled the furor over secret monitoring of students' laptops, the district faces a new legal battle on the issue. On Monday, a 2009 graduate of Harriton High School sued the school district, claiming it violated his civil rights by capturing nearly 8,000 webcam photos and screen-shots from his laptop between September 2008 and March 2009. The plaintiff, Joshua Levin, claims he was "shocked, humiliated and severely emotionally distressed" after viewing the images last summer.