August 14, 1994 |
A teacher of emotionally disturbed students who is fighting disciplinary action taken against him by the school board has filed a grievance, saying he did not receive due process. On July 25, the board voted to withhold a pay raise for Hawthorne Park School teacher Paul Bracy, a 14-year veteran of the district. Although the board did not identify the teacher, citing personnel policy, Bracy said he had been the object of the board's discipline. The Willingboro Education Association filed the grievance this month with the superintendent of schools, Geraldyn Foster.
October 6, 1993 |
Author-activist Gloria Steinem arrives in Center City to speak to the Forum of Executive Women. Steinem conducted an open forum yesterday with the group, which promotes greater leadership roles for women.
February 19, 1989 |
The Colonial school board members will hear a solicitor's report next month on whether they should change the district's policy to allow two students to form a Bible study group at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Solicitor Francis O'Hara said after the school board meeting Thursday night that case law seemed to indicate that the district was not obligated to allow the students, Alison Fiore and Susan Johnson, to create the group. The federal Equal Access Act of 1984 and court cases have said that if a district allowed non-curriculum-related groups to be formed the district had created an "open forum" and could not limit the free speech of students.
January 16, 1992 |
The Haverford commissioners approved a change Monday night that will cut in half the number of full board meetings each month, despite protests from residents that the move was an effort to muzzle public opinion. The change, approved, 6-3, with all three Democrats voting against it, was proposed by Township Manager Thomas J. Bannar as a way of promoting better discussion of issues and cutting costs. But in eliminating one of the commissioners' monthly work sessions, the move will also eradicate one of the two monthly public forums in which residents can address the board on township issues.
December 24, 2012
THINKING OF starting a small business in 2013? About 500,000 businesses get started in the U.S. every year, and not all are good ideas. In fact, some are downright bad. American Express' Open Forum recently tapped the 13 worst businesses to start now: * 1. A distribution business. Most products are a commodity, and almost anything can be purchased directly - and online - from a manufacturer, making distributors a dying breed. The middleman is on the way out. * 2. A "deal-a-day" website.
October 27, 2004 |
Local legislators have invited the community to a meeting on school safety and security issues tonight in Monroe Township. The meeting, sponsored by Fourth District Sen. Fred Madden and Assemblymen Bob Smith and David Mayer, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Williamstown High School, 700 N. Tuckahoe Road. State and local law enforcement and emergency planning officials will speak to residents about security issues and answer questions. State Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and Sidney Casperson, director of the state's counterterrorism office, are scheduled to attend.
December 8, 1997 |
Ending welfare as we know it is turning out to be easier said than done. Many on welfare lack the basic education, training, day care or transportation needed to find a job. At the same time, the number of welfare recipients is far higher than the number of jobs available. With that backdrop, community leaders planned an open forum for today to discuss hurdles - including jobs, education and day care - facing welfare reform. The free forum is open to the public and scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bonnell Auditorium at the Community College of Philadelphia.
November 24, 1992 |
Last week it was Pepper Johnson. This week it's another linebacker, defensive captain Carl Banks, who is taking coach Ray Handley to task. Banks yesterday said Handley has isolated himself from the players during his two-year tenure. When Bill Parcells was coach, he had a veteran like Harry Carson act as an intermediary between the players and coaches. The theory was a player could sometimes tell another the facts of football better than a coach. Banks, the defensive captain, said Handley has refused to follow the same strategy and that in some ways has created a divisiveness between the players and coaches.
August 19, 1990 |
No one on the North Penn school board seems to know why $83,000 was transferred from other budget accounts to pay for the high school's electric bill this past year, except to say that the fund was underbudgeted. As board members discussed the transfer at their meeting Thursday, residents openly grumbled about it. To the dismay of Board President Patricia Q. Davis, George P. Starkey, director of business affairs, could not say why the transfer was made. "This is a huge figure," Davis said sternly.
March 20, 2013 |
Big Brother could be watching you, right here in Philadelphia, come Friday. The CBS reality show - preparing for its 15th season - is holding a series of open casting calls around the country, and Philly's turn happens from 2 to 4 Friday afternoon at the CBS3 Studios, 1555 Hamilton St. (between 15th and 16th, a block south of Spring Garden Street). A producer, looking for "big personalities," will interview applicants, who should explain why they'd make "the ultimate housemate," according to CBS3.com.