January 15, 2016 |
No one disputes that John Wister Elementary, where few students learn to read or do math on grade level, must improve. The thorny question is: How best to elevate performance at the Germantown K-5, part of the Philadelphia School District? Earlier this school year, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. recommended that Wister, along with two other district schools, be given to charter companies in September. But this week, Hite reversed course, saying that on the basis of progress evidenced in new district data, Wister was eligible for an in-house turnaround instead of the more radical overhaul.
December 13, 2015 |
The Union have officially cut ties with goalkeeper Zach MacMath, trading him to the Colorado Rapids for a natural second-round selection in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. (A natural pick is the highest selection in that round if the team has multiple draft choices). MacMath, 24, was the Union's first-round draft choice, selected fifth overall, in 2011. In four seasons with the Union, he started 102 games and had a record of 34-39-29. Before last season he was loaned to Colorado, where he played in just three MLS games and two U.S. Open Cup matches.
December 4, 2015 |
"I already know what it's like to be homeless, hungry, and abused," said Carmen Williams, 22, weeping Wednesday as she spoke at a breakfast meeting of educators and business people at Community College of Philadelphia. Now Williams, a single mother and college student, is learning what it's like to be a success, en route to a promotion to shift manager at Starbucks. "Take your time, honey, take your time," murmured someone in the group, as an academic meeting suddenly turned achingly personal.
October 22, 2015 |
TRENTON - Scores on a new standardized test confirm an old problem for New Jersey high school students: math. Students in grades four through 11 in about 10 states, including New Jersey, took the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career exams last spring. The New Jersey Department of Education on Tuesday released state-level results showing the percentage of students who met expectations in math and language arts. The majority of New Jersey students in all grades failed to meet expectations.
August 25, 2015 |
Public schools are a perpetual worry for Philadelphia, and scant attention is often paid to another weighty educational problem: adults who struggle to read. But nearly half of all adults in the city - more than half a million men and women - lack the basic skills necessary to qualify for postsecondary training or hold jobs that permit them to support a family. Many function below eighth-grade levels. The Mayor's Commission on Literacy is making inroads. Its work is attracting national attention: praise from the U.S. Department of Education, and designation as a model site from Digital Promise, a nonprofit established by act of Congress in 2008 to use technology to improve education for all Americans.
July 2, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf vetoed the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget in its entirety Tuesday night, a move that leaves Pennsylvania without a spending plan and sets the stage for a partial government shutdown. A visibly frustrated Wolf told reporters shortly after 9 that the spending plan the Republican-controlled legislature sent him was riddled with "gimmicks," as well as "smoke and mirrors, and a lot of kicking the can down the road. " He said it failed to adequately fund public education or provide property-tax relief to homeowners, and contended it would worsen the state's finances.
May 29, 2015 |
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
May 20, 2015 |
IT LOOKS AS IF today's election might be the one, at least the rare one, in which values outweigh race or ethnicity. Generally, but not always, we vote for people who look like us. It is racial, but not racist. We gravitate toward those who are like us because we feel they will understand us. It is tribal, something buried in the deep recesses of our reptilian brains. Not everyone does that, of course. In recent decades, liberal whites have been more open to voting across the color line than Philly blacks.
April 20, 2015 |
If the contest for mayor were between a candidate who supports schools and one who doesn't, it wouldn't be much of a campaign. Declaring education important and vowing to fund it accordingly is easy. How to pay for it is the hard question - one the mayoral candidates, as their answers on today's op-ed page show, aren't especially eager to answer. Like most core government services, public education has to be funded on a recurring basis. That means one-time windfalls like Jim Kenney's tax-lien sale and several candidates' welcome promises to collect back taxes won't get the School District that far. Other than savaging Mayor Nutter's proposed 9 percent property tax hike, the candidates are short on concrete plans for the broad-based taxes that could significantly boost long-term school funding.
March 15, 2015 |
HAMBURG, Pa. - Math, Civics, and Sciences Charter made short work of Millersburg on Friday in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal at Hamburg High. The Mighty Elephants steamrolled the District 3 Indians, 92-60. Keith Griffin led the charge with 30 points. Griffin scored the game's first nine points during a first-quarter spurt that ended with MC&S ahead, 19-0, four minutes into the game. "We just started off aggressively," he said. "Easy layups, back doors, and everybody was knocking down shots.