August 1, 2014 |
The fallout from a cheating scandal in the Philadelphia School District continues. Three retired teachers surrendered their professional credentials last month for allegedly engaging in "multiple PSSA testing violations" related to Pennsylvania's system of standardized tests, according to the state Department of Education. Information posted on the department's website Wednesday identified the three as Alene S. Goldstein, Deborah L. Edwards-Dillard, and Phyllis R. Patselas. All three agreed to never seek jobs at a public school, charter school, or cyber school, or with a contracted educational provider.
June 6, 2014 |
The state Department of Education has forced a former principal at Philadelphia Military Academy and a one-time teacher at John Welsh Elementary to surrender their professional credentials in connection with a test-cheating scandal involving the School District of Philadelphia. The credentials were surrendered last month, and the disciplinary actions were posted Tuesday on the department's website. The department alleges that as principal at the military school, Robert L. Manning violated the integrity and security of the state's standardized tests by failing "to investigate and report allegations of testing improprieties . . .," and attempted to hinder a subsequent investigation.
March 1, 2014 |
It can't be easy for sci-fi filmmakers to work in the shadows of such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey or, for that matter, Alien . Two new films try, with mixed success. The latest masterpiece from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón ( Children of Men , Y Tu Mamá También ), Gravity is a tense two-character drama that has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the sole survivors of a disastrous explosion that wipes out the crew of a space shuttle who were assigned to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
January 10, 2013 |
Before making two visits to Annapolis, Mike Brown had doubts about the U.S. Naval Academy's being the right fit for him. "Initially, the idea of going to a military school was kind of foreign to me," the Hatboro-Horsham senior said. "But I fell in love with the school, the coaches, and the players when I went down there. I saw it as a great opportunity. " Brown, a 6-foot-4, 193-pound swingman and third-year starter for the Hatters, committed to Navy, guided by second-year coach Ed DeChellis, in October.
December 22, 2012 |
A shouting and chanting crowd of hundreds told officials Thursday night exactly what they thought of a Philadelphia School District plan to close 37 schools and change grades and shut programs at dozens more. "SOS! Save our schools!" hundreds yelled as they marched up North Broad Street toward district headquarters. "Whose city? Our city! Whose schools? Our schools!" It was a dramatic stand against the planned closings of one in six city schools, announced last week. Closings were not on the agenda of the School Reform Commission's voting meeting, but they quickly became the hot potato of the evening, with students, teachers, parents, and community members demanding answers.
December 17, 2012 |
BEIRUT - An Islamist faction of Syrian rebels captured an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo, its fighters said Sunday, as forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad advanced on the country's largest city. Also Sunday, Syrian warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing eight people and wounding dozens, activists said. Some Palestinian groups in the Yarmouk camp have been backing Assad's regime. The infantry base was the second major army installation taken by rebels in a week in Aleppo.
September 29, 2012
Republican Mitt Romney plans a lucrative breakfast in Philadelphia on Friday, hitting the Union League for a series of receptions that organizers expect will generate from $3.5 million to $4 million for his campaign. Afterward, Romney is scheduled to appear at a GOP rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, amid speculation that Pennsylvania may have fallen off his campaign's target list of winnable battleground states. The Southeastern Pennsylvania swing is Romney's first visit to the state since July 17, when he held a rally in Westmoreland County and a fund-raiser in Pittsburgh.
September 28, 2012
Republican Mitt Romney plans a lucrative breakfast in Philadelphia on Friday, hitting the Union League in Center City for a series of receptions that organizers expect will generate $3.5 million to $4 million for his campaign. Afterward, Romney is scheduled to appear at a GOP rally at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College in suburban Wayne, amid speculation that Pennsylvania may have fallen off his campaign's target list of winnable battleground states. The southeastern Pennsylvania swing is Romney's first visit to the state since July 17, when he held a rally in Westmoreland County and a fund-raiser in Pittsburgh.
July 14, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Film producer Richard Zanuck, 77, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died Friday. Mr. Zanuck's publicist said that he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home. Mr. Zanuck's run of successes as an independent producer rivaled the achievements of his legendary father who reigned over 20th Century Fox from the 1930s until age and changing audience tastes brought him down.
April 23, 2009 |
A long-simmering feud between a small group of alumni and the administration of Valley Forge Military Academy and College has erupted into a major battle as both sides hurl allegations and threaten legal action. After three years of attempting to take their complaints to the school's trustees, the alumni group, known as the Valley Forge Old Guard, plans to call on the state attorney general to investigate the nonprofit that runs the school. In letters scheduled to be delivered tomorrow to Gov. Rendell, Attorney General Tom Corbett, and other state officials, the group charges that top administrators and the board of trustees are mismanaging private and state funds.