February 19, 2015 |
Five of six Democratic mayoral candidates have called for the School Reform Commission to reject 39 charter-school applications to be considered on Wednesday. Only State Sen. Anthony H. Williams, long a charter-school champion, voiced no opposition to the vote. "A blanket moratorium on charter expansion makes a nice headline, but it's really just a political solution to an education problem," Williams said in a prepared statement. "We need solutions that make sense for our children, first and foremost.
December 17, 2014 |
THE RETURN of Nick Foles this week would have at least piled a stick or two of fresh kindling on the Eagles' flickering playoff hopes, but like so much else lately, Foles' collarbone tests did not go the way the team had hoped. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Foles "is not healed," and won't play Saturday against Washington. "We will move forward without him," Kelly said. "He's going to start throwing a little bit more, but he's out right now. " A source close to the situation said that Foles' tests yesterday showed "continued healing, but not enough to play professional football without significant risk.
November 30, 2014 |
Gov. Christie vetoed a measure Friday to ban crates used to confine pregnant pigs, slamming it as a "solution in search of a problem" and a "political movement masquerading as substantive policy. " "We do not have an issue with gestation crates in New Jersey," Christie wrote in his veto message. He urged the Legislature to work on "significant issues" and "stop following misguided partisans and special interest groups who want to use the lawmaking process as a political cudgel on issues outside our borders.
August 12, 2014
WHEN I entered Temple in September of 1956, I was not required to take what was then called the College Boards because I finished in the upper 25 percent of my class at South Philadelphia High School. Temple required only that I take placements tests for English and math. Forgive me, then, if I'm puzzled by Dom Giordano's concerns that Temple's decision to forego the SATs is going to dilute the quality of its student body. I agree with Giordano that an "A" at a suburban high school may be worth more than an "A" at an inner-city school, and that is also the problem.
July 16, 2014 |
A NONPROFIT KNOWN as the William Penn Development Coalition filed an injunction Friday with the state Supreme Court to stop the school district's sale of William Penn High School to Temple University. The community coalition - composed of neighborhood groups in North Philadelphia's Yorktown section, area business leaders, William Penn alums and educators - claims the School Reform Commission blocked its attempts to buy the high school, on Broad Street near Master. The filing states that the coalition began the process of purchasing the property in the fall for "community use including a mixed use of retail and a training academy in the high demand fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
July 11, 2014 |
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open. That response leaves Catholics angered by parish mergers with one more option: Sending an appeal to Rome. At least two parishes are planning to pursue that option, and have hired consultants and attorneys familiar with church law. "We're prepared to do whatever it takes," said Ralph DiGuiseppe, a parishioner of the former St. Ann parish in Bristol Borough, Bucks County. St. Ann, built by Italian immigrants, was merged July 1 with St. Mark Parish in Bristol.
May 30, 2014
City Council's nearly three-month review of the proposed sale of the city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works is beginning to look more like foot-dragging than careful due diligence. City taxpayers, who for years have begged for a buyer to take the debt-prone PGW off their hands, must be wondering whether the intent of Council's deliberative pace is to kill the deal. Supporting that view is disturbing news reported Sunday by Inquirer staff writer Andy Maykuth that a politically connected unsuccessful bidder for PGW is positioning himself to benefit if the bid is rejected.
May 14, 2014 |
The Phillies removed Jayson Nix from the team Monday, the second bench subtraction in less than a week. The timing of the roster shuffle was interesting, since the Phillies lost another infield option Sunday when Freddy Galvis suffered a broken left clavicle during a collision with a teammate in pursuit of a foul ball. Nix was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can elect free agency or accept his minor-league assignment. The team's 40-man roster is at 39. His replacement will be announced Tuesday.
May 1, 2014 |
CODY ASCHE'S absence from the lineup last night wasn't as notable as Ryne Sandberg's choice to replace him. With a lefty starter on the mound, Sandberg elected to go with Jayson Nix instead of Freddy Galvis as his righthanded hitting third baseman. While it might not have been a major story line, it was a good indication of the improvement that Galvis needs to show at the plate if he ever hopes to make the transition from utility whiz to Gold Glove regular. Nix, a journeyman who is playing for his sixth team in 7 years, entered last night hitting .179 with a home run and a .493 OPS. Yet Sandberg had some reason to think Nix offered the best chance of success against Mets lefty Jon Niese.
April 16, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School Partnership and PennCAN, two controversial education-reform groups, want the state's highest court to decide whether the School Reform Commission can impose work-rule changes on teachers. The two pro-school-choice organizations sought the review in an amicus brief filed yesterday with the state Supreme Court. It "is crucial for this Court to fully consider this case and breathe life into the legislative command that the [SRC] is to be empowered with the flexibility to quickly respond in times of budgetary crisis and provide for the long-term sustainability of City public education," the filing read.