January 18, 2014 |
ELKINS PARK The Creekside Co-Op in Elkins Park has eliminated employee health insurance and outsourced its payroll, sparking some consternation among employees of the struggling community-owned grocery. Some employees said morale dropped in mid-December when they were told they would have to find their own health insurance, and were ordered to fill out "new hire" paperwork that included a detailed medical history and waivers for random drug tests. Jeff Rotter, president of the co-op board, said the moves were necessary because, a year after opening, the store still isn't profitable, and costs for worker compensation and employee health insurance were going to rise significantly.
March 5, 2013 |
St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls in Holmesburg marked the one-year anniversary of its rescue from closing last week with a march, rally, and Mass of Thanksgiving. Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill celebrated with pretzels, a dress-down day, and played pop songs when class periods changed. But in the 12 months since Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced a plan to restructure Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that spared four high schools from closing, the most dramatic changes were less visible.
February 13, 2013 |
Eagles coach Chip Kelly decided to bring back Michael Vick for another season with a restructured contract, but buried beneath his praise for Vick was his admission that the "landscape for other quarterbacks" wasn't very promising. And that essentially summed up Kelly's decision to keep Vick, even though a majority of Eagles fans seem ready to move on to the next phase the new coach represented. "I agree there is a change of scenery going on here," Kelly said Monday at the NovaCare Complex. "For Michael Vick, there is a change of scenery, but not a change of address.
June 27, 2012 |
As New Jersey legislators struggled Monday to concoct a politically palatable or perhaps magical mechanism to - affiliate? amalgamate? - Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University while "restructuring" higher education statewide, I called Bill Lutz. Who better to shed light on these murky machinations than the quotable author of Doublespeak and other books about the often opaque language of politics? "Their lack of clarity flows from a lack of clear thought," said Lutz, 71, a consultant who retired in 2005 after 35 years as a Rutgers-Camden professor of English.
June 11, 2012 |
Rowan University faculty members are considering coming out against legislation that would restructure New Jersey's public universities, potentially adding weight to plan opposition. In a statement released Sunday, university senate president Eric Milou said a proposed joint board overseeing Rowan and Rutgers-Camden would "diminish the autonomy and potential growth of both universities. " The statement proposed that the schools collaborate through other means. "Faculty and staff have consistently demonstrated restraint about the speculation and controversy regarding the possibilities of a reorganization of higher education in NJ," Milou said.
June 11, 2012 |
TRENTON — A major bill drops in the Legislature's lap after months of discussion and speculation. The Democratic Senate leader is on board. The Democratic Assembly leader appears hesitant. Outside the Statehouse, there are protests. Inside, unannounced tweaks to the bill. Looming overhead is the $30 billion state budget. And the Republican governor who set this all in motion, and stands to get the most credit or blame, waits for the Democrats' next move. Sound familiar?
May 23, 2012 |
As Jerry Jordan blasted School Reform Commission restructuring plans Tuesday night, heads turned to the back of the room, to a line of children, sporting a poster with a simple message: "We need better schools. " Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, spoke out against SRC proposals to overhaul the Philadelphia School District's structure and planned layoffs to nurses and other professionals at an "emergency community meeting" held at Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.
May 9, 2012 |
Today, the City Council budget hearing for the school district starts at 10 a.m. Given what's at stake and the complexity of the changes the district is proposing, by our reckoning, the hearing should end ... sometime next month. The district recently announced a massive restructuring plan that will close schools, create "achievement networks," push more students into charters, and rely on major concessions from the unions to get $156 million in savings, while coping with a deficit of more than $200 million for next year.
April 29, 2012 |
On the brink of financial ruin and not improving nearly fast enough academically, the Philadelphia School District will, over the next 16 months, completely reinvent the way it organizes and runs schools. And with the announcement of its radical restructuring last week, questions swirl. Is the district privatizing public education? Who will run the new "achievement networks," groups of 25 or so schools to be managed by either outside providers or district staff, bound by performance contracts with the School Reform Commission, and expected to be entrepreneurial?
April 24, 2012 |
T HE Philadelphia School District will massively restructure itself in the coming months, fundamentally altering the way it is organized and run - and possibly closing 40 low-performing, underused schools next year as it shifts many more students to charter schools. The district faces a $218 million shortfall for the coming school year, more than previously stated and subject to rise if Mayor Nutter's proposed city tax plan does not materialize. Pressing academic and safety problems, "and the fact that, financially, we cannot continue in the present form of organization and operations that we have right now," require the district to change its basic structure, Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen said Monday.