February 16, 1989 |
If one ball club has been puzzling to Delco Christian's basketball team this season, it has been Keystone Conference rival Cedar Grove Academy. On Tuesday, the visiting Titans dumped playoff-bound Delco for the second time this season, 62-56, in a game. This time Cedar Grove (3-8 in the league, 8-12 overall) - which won the first meeting, 60-57 - used excellent offensive balance in claiming the victory. Senior guard Dan Curbison led the effort with 17 points, and teammates Reggie Parks (16 points)
June 20, 2015 |
The Mastery Charter School Shoemaker Campus called forward 86 students at its Thursday commencement ceremony at Temple University as Khalilah Harris, the keynote speaker, urged the seniors to make names for themselves. The Class of 2015 is "an unnamed generation blessed with the opportunity to claim their names and how they will be labeled," said Harris, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. After honoring the victims of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting with a moment of silence, Harris spoke to a predominantly African American audience of graduates, friends, and family about the importance of avoiding labels and creating one's own success.
January 30, 1995 |
Nick Lowe is laying his heart on the line. The veteran British pub-rocker, new-wave hit maker and producer has always been a superb song craftsman and master ironist, armed with a wicked wit and irresistible hooks. But this time, without getting too serious, he's singing it like he means it. Lowe's new sincerity was in evidence at the sold out Theatre of Living Arts on South Street on Saturday night. Early on, he pleaded earnestly on "Lover Don't Go," his heartfelt vocal warmed by Geraint Watkins' surging soul organ; for the first encore, he sang the gorgeous "Shelley My Love" solo, his naked devotion unadorned.
July 12, 1994 |
Adrienne Nastasi has made a stop on her way to her senior year at Bristol Borough High: summer school. "I fell behind," Nastasi said. "It was my mistake. I should have come in after school and done the work. If I had, I wouldn't be here now. " It's not that Nastasi flunked applied chemistry. She got an incomplete, and that notation will stay on her record until she turns in missed work and scores 80 or better on makeup tests. At Bristol High, teachers have raised the standard.
April 12, 2016 |
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission has to go. It has to go because, no matter how much we respect the commissioners who serve this body, the fate of the schools should be decided by elected officials accountable to the people and the communities they serve. It has to go, because it has clearly failed to deliver the financial stability that justified its creation 15 years ago (an impossible task to begin with but one the SRC has accepted as its charge, nevertheless). It has to go because, as John Wister Elementary School shows, it is ripping apart some of the very communities on whose behalf the commissioners are supposed to make their decisions.
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.
February 20, 2015 |
Amid intense pressure from all sides, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools from among the 39 applications at the end of an often tumultuous evening. The successful applicants were offered three-year charters with a long list of conditions. SRC Chairman Bill Green said the charter operators and the commission have until May 31 to agree on terms. The approved plans came from existing nonprofits that have operated successful charter schools in the city for years: KIPP, Mastery, Freire, Independence, and MaST.
January 28, 2016 |
ONE OF the reasons I fight so hard for traditional public schools is simply that I believe in what they can be. I believe in their potential, just like I believe in the potential of every single student that walks through the doors each morning. And why do I believe? It's personal: I'm a proud graduate of Philadelphia's neighborhood schools. As an African-American male and a lifelong Philadelphia resident, my success was not because I "picked myself up by my bootstraps. " My schools were places of learning.
March 12, 2009 |
The two most successful charter operators in Philadelphia - Mastery and KIPP - want to expand and hope to be part of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's plans to change the district. Mastery's chief executive officer, Scott Gordon, called Ackerman's Imagine 2014 draft calling for converting more troubled district schools into charters "a breakthrough opportunity. " The proposal is so promising, he said, that Mastery had halted talks with school officials in Washington, Baltimore, New York, and elsewhere.
September 26, 2012
By Scott Gordon In 2010, the School District of Philadelphia announced its Renaissance charter initiative, a bold plan to turn around persistently low-performing schools. The district empowered a number of parent groups to select charter providers for their failing neighborhood schools. Three of those parent groups chose Mastery. The student achievement results from those schools are now in. In just two years, PSSA scores in math soared an average 26 percentage points and reading scores climbed 17 percentage points.