July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
February 12, 2015 |
Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released Tuesday by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average - and New Jersey's - in the School Breakfast Scorecard compiled by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). One notable exception, however, is Penn Wood Middle School in Darby Borough, the site of the news conference to discuss the findings.
August 1, 2014 |
SCHOOLS Superintendent William Hite yesterday reiterated what he considers the inevitable consequences if state legislators fail to pass the cigarette-tax bill by Aug. 15: layoffs and a delayed school opening. That dire scenario apparently didn't move House members enough to head back to Harrisburg on Monday to consider House Bill 1177. The Republican leadership, instead, announced yesterday that the House would deal with the proposed legislation when both chambers return Sept. 15, seven days after the scheduled start of school.
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.