October 29, 2014 |
POLICE MADE a major break yesterday in a disturbing sexual-assault case involving four middle school students. Late yesterday afternoon, investigators arrested two 13-year-old boys who allegedly coerced an 11-year-old schoolmate at William Tilden Middle School into performing a sexual act on them earlier this month and filmed the encounter, a law-enforcement source said. Afterward, police said, the teens posted the video online. The boys - whose names are being withheld because they are minors - are being charged with rape, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and related offenses, the source said.
October 11, 2014 |
When the recess bell rings at Cooper B. Hatch Family School in Camden, dozens of youngsters rush outside, bursting with energy. But there is no place for them to play, at least not yet. Built in 1924, the school occupies a block in the city's Parkside neighborhood. Missing from the neatly kept grounds is a playground. Hatch is one of two schools in Camden without a playground. With no place else to go, Hatch students raced downstairs onto a slightly muddy grassy field for recess after lunch on a recent morning.
October 3, 2014 |
When an NFL or big-time college quarterback leaves a game with a concussion - or doesn't leave it, like Michigan's quarterback last weekend - everyone is watching. Everyone follows his progress. What about the girl who was hit by a soccer ball five years ago and had to stop playing her sport? What's the rest of that story? "I struggled and lost a lot," said Julia Mills, a senior at Central Bucks High School East. Her tale starts when she was in seventh grade, on Oct. 3, 2009.
September 23, 2014 |
As New Jersey's state teacher of the year, Delsea Regional's Kathleen Assini has had experiences she wouldn't trade. Traveling. Shaking hands with President Obama. Spending time with inspiring educators from all over the country. But when she returned to the classroom in September, it wasn't like coming back to toil after a fabulous vacation. It was coming home. "It was neat being out among all those amazing people," Assini, 58, said, "but I feel more real and more me being with the kids.
September 13, 2014 |
A top Philadelphia School District magnet will expand next fall, and the Philadelphia School Partnership, a deep-pocketed nonprofit, is footing part of the bill. A $147,000 PSP grant will help pay for Carver High School of Engineering and Science in North Philadelphia to add seventh- and eighth-grade classes next September, officials announced Thursday. The investment in Carver - announced along with a $246,000 grant to the Friere Charter School to fund a strategic plan and new assessment systems - means that PSP has now distributed $35.4 million to grow high-performing city schools of all types.
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.
September 5, 2014 |
WHEN EMILY McCann, 15, walks into school Monday morning for the first time this fall, she isn't sure what to expect. "We already only had one secretary in the office last year, so I don't know if there will be one at all," said McCann, a sophomore at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. "The teachers are probably going to end up having to clean the bathrooms. " That uncertainty indicates how things have gone from bad to worse for the financially distressed district.
August 30, 2014 |
At the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, athletic officials say they care more about blocking head injuries than blocking free kicks. The private Main Line school on Thursday banned middle school soccer players from heading the ball - the first school in the nation to do so - and also said most high school athletes will wear sensors to measure both the frequency and intensity of blows to the head. "We've seen a growing trend of injuries in our students, severe head injuries," said athletic director Mark Duncan.
August 22, 2014 |
IN A SUMMER of gloom and doom, could there be some good news for the Philadelphia School District? The district delayed a vote last night on a policy that would eliminate TransPasses and tokens for 7,500 high-school students who live between 1 1/2 and 2 miles from school. Superintendent William Hite said the district is in talks with SEPTA and the city to resolve the issue. "We are working with several partners, and we think and are hopeful that we will have a solution to that and there's more to come, so stay tuned," Hite said during a School Reform Commission meeting.
July 18, 2014 |
"WISH I Was Here" is a Kickstarter comedy about a guy who needs a good swift kick-start in the rear. Zach Braff raised $3.5 million from online donors to fund the movie, the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff) - a jobless, rather shiftless young father who pursues his dream of being an actor thanks to the subsidy of his hardworking wife (Kate Hudson), as his disapproving dad (Mandy Patinkin) looks on. Braff's script describes a cutesy world in which one's own dreams, and the self-centered pursuit of them, are paramount.