November 12, 2014 |
More than a year into New Jersey's takeover of the struggling Camden School District, student test scores have shown few signs of improvement, Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said Monday. Just 21 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 scored at or above the state-mandated proficiency level in English, according to state testing for the 2013-14 school year, with 31 percent demonstrating proficiency in math - rates unchanged from last year. Testing for 11th-grade students showed 57 percent of students were proficient in English, an increase over last year's 41 percent.
October 31, 2014 |
The Union had exit meetings with the players Wednesday and goalie Zac MacMath is going against the popular opinion of believing this was his final function with the team. When the Union signed two-time Algerian World Cup keeper Rais Mbolhi in late July and made him the starter, it was seen as a sign that MacMath's days were numbered. (Because of Mbolhi's national team commitments, among other factors, MacMath still played the majority of the late-season games, and finished with 29 starts in 34 matches.)
October 11, 2014 |
In the last debate of the gubernatorial campaign Wednesday and a meeting with the Inquirer Editorial Board Thursday, Democratic nominee Tom Wolf reiterated his refusal to detail his plans for the state income tax. Indeed, Wolf's studied vagueness on the subject has become familiar enough to be routine. But that shouldn't make it any less troubling. The York County businessman has proposed making the state's constitutionally mandated flat tax progressive by exempting an unspecified amount of income and raising the rate.
October 9, 2014 |
Zac MacMath is back in goal, a place that the confident fourth-year Union keeper never felt he should have left. "You take that and use it as a chip on your shoulder, more reason to prove people wrong and prove that I deserve to be a starter," MacMath said Tuesday about his demotion. The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, said MacMath would be in goal for Saturday's crucial game with the Columbus Crew at PPL Park after the team made the expected announcement that Rais Mbolhi would be joining Algeria to compete in the African Cup of Nations.
September 26, 2014 |
BACK AROUND 2010, the Philadelphia School District's expectations of its schools to perform well on state standardized tests were "intense" and "unrealistic," according to two former administrators. They had been principals of two district schools - Communications Technology High School in Eastwick and Edward W. Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia - when each grabbed pencils to change their students' answers, from wrong to right, on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams, according to two grand-jury presentments.
September 12, 2014 |
AND THE award for the top pitcher in the Phillies' minor league system goes to . . . . . . A 27-year-old reliever with 30 career big-league appearances under his belt who was pitching in the independent leagues two years ago. That's not an indictment of Luis Garcia, who had an excellent season as the closer at Triple A Lehigh Valley, where he saved 22 games and allowed just five earned runs while striking out 52 and walking 16 in 46 2/3innings (that's...
August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 25, 2014 |
Susan McHugh-Ringiewicz walked into the dorm room and sized it up: Three beds. Three desks. Three chairs. Two closets. Three girls. "And a lot of stuff," said the respiratory therapist from West Chester, who was moving her daughter, Kerry, into the University of Delaware on Saturday. Would everything fit? "We're still trying to figure that out," she said. With larger-than-expected freshmen classes, the University of Delaware in Newark and Rowan University in Glassboro are requiring more students than ever before to triple up in dorm rooms designed for two. That can make for a tight squeeze - and some parents and students are less than thrilled.
August 22, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS after Rais M'Bolhi was brought in to be the Union's goalkeeper of the future, we still await the Major League Soccer debut of the two-time World Cup participant. That day could still be several weeks away, meaning Zac MacMath is likely to garner a few more starts in goal over the final 10 games of this regular season. The Union (6-6-9) prepared this week as if MacMath would start Sunday's 8 p.m. home game against Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes (6-9-7).
August 6, 2014 |
Union goalie Zac MacMath has started every game for the last two years, but his role soon will change. When the Union signed two-time Algerian World Cup goalie Rais Mbohli last week, interim manager Jim Curtin said that the 28-year-old keeper would be the starter as soon as he was in game shape. Mbohli didn't make the trip to Kansas City for Friday's 1-1 draw. It's possible he could get his first start in the Union's next Major League Soccer game, Saturday against the Montreal Impact at PPL Park in Chester.