January 23, 2014 |
THE DREADED polar vortex hit Philadelphia again yesterday morning - earlier than expected - and resulted in school closures today, massive flight cancellations and a snow emergency that's in effect until noon. All Philadelphia district and Archdiocesan schools are closed today. Early-childhood and after-school programs run by the district also will be shuttered. For more information on school closures, call the district's information hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to philasd.org.
January 15, 2014 |
WITH A CHILD in seventh grade, Philadelphia resident Sarah Forrest has already begun navigating the high-school application process. Although it's fairly simple for district-run schools, she said, the process can be anything but for charters. She said information on the charter application process is available, but the schools have different timelines, "and it's kind of all over the map," said Forrest, who also has a third-grader in the district. Forrest is hardly alone. She was among a few hundred community members who debated a proposal for a single application and common enrollment for district-run, charter and parochial high schools last night at a School Reform Commission meeting.
December 24, 2013 |
JUST 10 years ago, Mark Gleason was a journalist and publisher working in New York, trying to launch a magazine called Book that was heavily funded by Barnes & Noble. His first foray into education came a couple of years later, when as a sometimes-frustrated parent he ran for and won a seat on his suburban school board in North Jersey. Now the 48-year-old Gleason - unknown in Philadelphia at the start of the decade - finds himself at the center of the maelstrom that is school reform in America's fifth-largest city.
August 28, 2013
FOR EVERY article written about ex-offenders, I notice that there is never any mention of the fact that these people are where they are in their lives because of the choices they made. Why should they be rewarded with special treatment while the law-abiding person is overlooked for making the right choices in his or her life? I can understand second chances but at whose expense? With all the unemployed people in Philadelphia, why are companies only being offered incentives for hiring ex-cons?
August 12, 2013 |
A READER CALLED to complain about the coverage the Daily News gave to Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite's announcement that our dead-broke schools might not open on Sept. 9. "I'm sick of reading about the schools," he bitched. (Yes, I just used the word "bitched. " I am that angry.) He no longer has school-age kids, he said. Besides, he sent his children to parochial schools, so the state of public education has never meant anything to him. "Not everyone in Philly uses public school," he said.
April 12, 2013 |
A fight between two teenage girls Tuesday afternoon in Center City drew a large crowd of young people in the area of 15th and Chestnut Streets, said parents of some of the teens arrested at the scene. It was not a planned "flash mob," and the crowd had not gathered for any particular purpose, the parents said Wednesday. "My son wasn't out there fighting," Dwayne Louis, 39, said outside the Youth Study Center, where 10 juveniles were awaiting hearings Wednesday. Whatever happened, police arrested 14 people - including Louis' son - amid rumors of a flash mob. The Wendy's restaurant at 15th and Chestnut locked its doors during the mayhem.
March 21, 2013 |
WHILE the number of district-run and parochial schools shrinks and the city's charter-school population booms, a group of education advocates is looking at a plan to implement a single, citywide enrollment process. The result could alter Philadelphia's educational landscape. The plan, still in the early stages, would involve students' filling out one application that would place them on lists at district, charter and parochial schools in the city, said Miles Wilson, director of the Great Schools Compact for the Philadelphia Schools Partnership.
March 11, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting the real estate market in this region's communities. It had been March for only about 12 hours, but already the front windows of houses on every street in Fox Chase were sporting shamrocks in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day. The day also was on the mind of Gina O'Rourke, who with husband Sean owns In the Loop Cafe at Barnes and Loney Streets. She was in the market for Irish musicians to perform March 16 at the cafe's St. Patrick's "acoustic breakfast.
March 10, 2013
As sad as it was to see adults and children crying over the final decision to close 23 Philadelphia schools, it was more disheartening to see politicians act as if they were innocent bystanders in the matter. Particularly irritating were City Council members who acted sympathetic but hadn't tried to get the schools more money by adjusting the property-tax rate during the reassessment process. Council patted itself on the back for giving the schools extra funds last year, but the commitment was modest.