March 28, 2013 |
Former Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. violated state ethics law when he voted to ratify a contract that benefited his firm, a state ethics panel announced Tuesday. Archie was cleared of multiple other infractions. In 2009, Teach Productions Inc. - the production company responsible for a Tony Danza reality show shot at Northeast High - agreed to pay the Philadelphia School District's legal fees related to the show. Those legal fees ultimately went to Duane Morris L.L.P., where Archie is a partner.
September 7, 2012 |
MARTIN LUTHER King High School is preparing for its second year as a Promise Academy, and parents so far are happy with the changes. What was once a school marred by poor academic performance, little discipline and no community partners is being turned around under the district Promise Academy initiative, which provides more resources to struggling schools. Principal William Wade and his team, who welcomed parents, students and the community to an event at the school Wednesday, have established structure, started community partnerships and ensured students are engaged.
September 27, 2011
There is no shortage of awful, terrible Philadelphia stories to be told following last week's release of the report by the city's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman, on the Martin Luther King High School fiasco. You have the sordid details of backroom bullying, with an esteemed chair of the school board and a veteran legislator taking turns explaining to out-of-town charter-school operator Mosaica that things are different in Philadelphia and maybe he'd be better off leaving town.
September 23, 2011 |
Now the rest of us get a glimpse of how Philadelphia truly works. The explosive must-read of the season, a page-turning mystery, a primer, really, on our Byzantine politics that should be devoured by every citizen, is a 21-page report from the city's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman. Officially it's called "Fact Finding Report to Mayor Michael A. Nutter Concerning Charter Operator Selection Process at Martin Luther King High School. " A more suitable title might be: Things Are Different Here . That maxim is the high-pressured civics lesson former School Reform Commission Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr., who resigned Monday, gave Atlanta charter operator John Porter.
September 20, 2011
THE MAYOR'S send-off for Arlene Ackerman sounded like, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips. " His more measured praise for former SRC members Robert Archie and Johnny Irizarry just let those chips fall where they may. In a terse tribute to the men who were his choices for the School Reform Commission two years ago, the mayor ladled out praise in heaping thimblefuls. "I very much appreciate the service of Bob Archie and Johnny Irizarry through very difficult and challenging times," the mayor said.
September 20, 2011 |
DID School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie jump or was he pushed? Archie yesterday quit the SRC after a turbulent year marked by a massive budget deficit, a contract scandal and the recent controversial $900,000 buyout of ex-Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. Any of those headaches could have prompted Archie to leave the five-member board, which he has headed since 2009. Archie did not agree to an interview request, instead releasing a statement simply saying that it was time to move on. "Now that schools have opened successfully, a budget has been adopted for the fiscal year and an acting superintendent has been appointed, I have determined that I should conclude my service on the School Reform Commission," the statement said.
September 19, 2011
IT'S NOW NEARLY five months since Mayor Nutter ordered an investigation into the withdrawal of Mosaica, which won the right to operate Martin Luther King High School but backed out following a meeting attended by SRC chair Robert Archie. A community advisory committee recommended Mosaica over Foundations, MLK's current operator, which enjoys support from state Rep. Dwight Evans. Evans was unhappy with the Mosaica choice, and also attended the meeting with Archie, after which Mosaica withdrew.
May 5, 2011
Something is terribly wrong when a state legislator intervenes in specific city school decisions. According to Karen Heller ("Maneuvering over King school deals out students," April 27), State Rep. Dwight Evans told Mosaica, a corporation selected by the community to manage Martin Luther King High, "I have the ability to bring the money. Mosaica can't bring the money. " Evans' presence at a now not-so-secret meeting is all the more disturbing because West Oak Lane Charter School, which he helped start, has proven to be no better than many city schools.
April 26, 2011
THE FLAP over which charter operator should run Martin Luther King high school - which was originally complicated by Rep. Dwight Evans' push to have his favored company, Foundations, chosen over Mosaica, the company chosen by parents and community members - got further complicated last week with the revelation that School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie held a closed-door meeting with Mosaica and Evans right before Mosaica withdrew its bid....
April 22, 2011
PHILADELPHIA'S POLITICAL universe is dominated by a machine that likes to make its sausage in private, but sometimes, the bone fragments and entrails that go into making the meat leak out of the backroom and into the light of day. No one likes looking at this offal, but no one knows how to turn the machine off. So the machine gets bigger and bigger, sucking up everything into its meat-making works- convention centers, bridges, roads, parks- until...