March 25, 2015 |
FYODOR BADKHEN, 17, has been part of Girard Academic Music Program for four years, but he didn't realize he would help the school win a Grammy - sort of. The South Philadelphia magnet school, known as GAMP, was one of 13 schools in the nation chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation for its Signature Schools Award and will receive $5,500. The annual award recognizes the best public high schools in music education. Eight of the 13 schools, including GAMP, received the Enterprise Award grant for schools that are economically underserved.
March 18, 2015 |
The state Department of Education has denied requests from two Camden magnet schools that applied to be converted into charters. In letters sent to the schools last week, Education Commissioner David Hespe wrote that the proposals from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and MetEast High School, which filed the petitions last year, did not provide enough evidence that the schools could work as effective charters. In the letter to MetEast, Hespe said that the school's proposal relied heavily on developing community partnerships and creating an internship program for students, but that the application did not show that school leaders had secured that community support.
October 31, 2014 |
Brett Manney will not have a day off until Nov. 24. His e-mail inbox is a "constant struggle" to corral. It is the busiest time of the year for NXTSports' director of showcase lacrosse. And Manney said he's fine with that. NXT (pronounced "next") has grown into one of the nation's leaders in hosting lacrosse recruiting events. And much of that credit goes to Manney, who played at Holy Ghost Prep and still plays professionally with the New England Black Wolves, formerly the Wings.
October 22, 2014 |
YOU SEE what happens? This is what happens when a state senator retires in the Philadelphia suburbs. The Delaware County-based 26th District has become a battlefield for one of the state's nastiest down-ballot races, with Republican Tom McGarrigle and Democrat John Kane seeking to replace outgoing Republican state Sen. Edwin "Ted" Erickson. Democrats have been eyeing the district since Erickson, an affable former biology professor, announced last year that he was not seeking re-election.
October 18, 2014 |
A member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has come under fire for yelling at student protesters who disrupted a parent movie night Wednesday at School District headquarters. Ruby Anderson, a senior at Science Leadership Academy, a top city magnet school, and two other attendees said Commissioner Sylvia Simms asked the students what schools they attended and then told them, "You all probably go to failing schools. " The students, members of the Philadelphia Student Union, were there to object to the showing of Won't Back Down, about parents who become frustrated with the public school system and the teachers' union, and try to start their own school.
October 2, 2014 |
HILL-FREEDMAN World Academy, one of the district's top magnet schools, has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for a second time. Hill-Freedman, on Crittenden Street near Washington Lane in East Germantown, was among 14 in the state and 337 schools nationwide to receive the honor, announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. It was the only district school to receive the award. The school also won the distinction in 2006. Superintendent William Hite praised principal Anthony Majewski, students, faculty and families for earning the honor.
September 21, 2014 |
A new Philadelphia education group is on the scene. On the airwaves, in print ads, and online, an organization called PhillySchoolChoice.com says it aims to build a coalition of parents to spread the word that charter schools, Catholic schools, and district magnet schools are options for city students. The group is affiliated with Choice Media Inc., an educational-advocacy nonprofit in Hoboken, N.J. On Monday, it began airing 30-second spots on television featuring unnamed city parents talking about how their children have benefited from charter and parochial schools.
September 12, 2014 |
ONE OF THE city's top magnet high schools has been awarded a grant to expand next September. George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, which serves 750 students, will receive $147,000 from the Philadelphia School Partnership to add seventh and eighth grades, officials said. The new middle school will serve an additional 120 students and be closely aligned to Carver's science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, a/k/a STEM. "Students at Carver High School are learning and achieving at high levels, and the school's leadership team believes they can offer this excellent education to younger students," Jessica Pena, PSP's director of the Great Schools Fund, said in a statement.
May 21, 2014 |
When Philly-based Magnet started in 1993, the American alternative-music magazine landscape was awash in options: Spin, Ray Gun, CMJ, Harp, Alternative Press, and Option, to name a few. Most have perished, gone online only, or morphed into emo-metal/skate-core rags, leaving Magnet (once a quarterly, now a monthly) as alt-publishing's last mag standing - or, figuratively, last man, now that Eric T. Miller's mag has turned 21. "Being 21 means we're finally able to drink legally," says Miller with a laugh.
May 14, 2014 |
Two magnet high schools in Camden are weighing whether to convert to charter schools. Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy and MetEast High School say they are looking into the move in an effort to increase their autonomy and better serve students as the district undergoes staff reductions and other major changes. The principals at both schools already have polled faculty, and say they will now poll parents in order to apply for charter status in October. They need approval from 51 percent of both teachers and parents to move forward, the principals said.