December 23, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has declared deficient curricula at four Philadelphia schools where parents complained after budget cuts forced sharp program reductions. It is a "significant victory" for parents, education activists said, a signal that the state Department of Education is taking seriously its responsibility to monitor city schools' curricula and take action when necessary. Parents from 75 Philadelphia School District schools filed 825 complaints detailing problems caused by budget cuts two years ago, issues ranging from a lack of arts and physical education to the absence of gifted programs.
April 24, 2015
A Phila. state of mind None of the mayoral candidates seems to be thinking out of the box; instead, they're recycling old ideas. Of fresh alternatives I can imagine, my personal favorite would be that Philadelphia secedes and becomes its own state. Think of not having to deal with Harrisburg legislators, most of whom hate us anyway and barely fund us; and of being able to pass our own gun laws with no bowing to the gun lobbies. But the best is that we'd get to retain all city revenue.
October 18, 2014 |
She loves Philadelphia. "Come on, this city is gorgeous!" She'd even like to buy some real estate here. "Anyone have some ideas?" But she wanted to know who that guy was standing atop City Hall. "Billy Penn?" she asked incredulously. "What'd he do? Was he like poet laureate, or something, of Philadelphia?" That was Diane Keaton, 68, one of a star-studded handful of keynote speakers Thursday at the 11th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, where more than 7,000 women and a few men attended the one-day lollapalooza-scale event.
August 22, 2014 |
VILLANOVA FOOTBALL coach Andy Talley will be honored by the Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program and receive the 2014 Rod Carew Leadership Award. Talley has long championed the National Bone Marrow Foundation. He works with the foundation to match potential bone marrow donors with patients. Since 1993, Talley has been responsible for more than 30,000 people being tested for the program. Since 2008, Talley got 30 college football programs involved in the program and nearly 45,000 potential donors have been tested.
August 22, 2014 |
IN A SUMMER of gloom and doom, could there be some good news for the Philadelphia School District? The district delayed a vote last night on a policy that would eliminate TransPasses and tokens for 7,500 high-school students who live between 1 1/2 and 2 miles from school. Superintendent William Hite said the district is in talks with SEPTA and the city to resolve the issue. "We are working with several partners, and we think and are hopeful that we will have a solution to that and there's more to come, so stay tuned," Hite said during a School Reform Commission meeting.
June 6, 2014 |
A LITTLE hard news from Tattle: After throwing a first pitch that would have shamed an uncoordinated toddler, 50 Cent (a/k/a Curtis Jackson) revealed in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" the reason for his horrible toss. "I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder from excessive masturbation. " Maybe instead of pitching, 50 Cent should try batting practice. He obviously has a nice stroke. * The Los Angeles Times reports that 50 Cent will accept bitcoin for his newest album, "Animal Ambition.
March 26, 2014
Parents are right to protest the oversize emphasis placed on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams when so many schools are poorly funded. Robin Roberts says her three children won't be taking the PSSAs with the rest of the students at Philadelphia's C.W. Henry Elementary School. "If it's so important for us to do well on these tests, why are they not setting us up to succeed?" asked Roberts. It's a good question. You can't expect much success on standardized tests when students don't even have basic supplies.
March 25, 2014 |
Robin Roberts did the math, and she was astonished. By Roberts' count, her third grader was going to spend six school days - at least 12 hours - taking state standardized tests beginning this month at C.W. Henry Elementary, a public school in Mount Airy. Her fifth grader would lose nine school days to the PSSAs, and her eighth grader 11 days. That troubled her. "If our schools are not getting the resources to offer a basic education, what is happening?" she asked. "If it's so important for us to do well on these tests, why are they not setting us up to succeed?
January 8, 2014
Despite critical bile, Sunday's U.S. debut of Season 4 of ITV/PBS world-smasher Downton Abbey was a winner for PBS. (Who needs you , Matthew Crawley???) It snagged 10.2 million viewers, the highest-rated drama premiere in PBS history - 22 percent more than Season 3's kickoff (7.3 mils). BTW, Dan Stevens , who played Crawley, famously killed for Christmas at the end of Season 3, lives in Brooklyn these days, so he had "absolutely no idea" what happened to his/Matthew's widow, Lady Mary ( Michelle Dockery )
January 1, 2014 |
Robin Roberts has a lover It's a woman. Get over it. The veteran newscaster, who has been battling a rare blood disorder, on Sunday posted a year-end message of thanks on Facebook. "At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude," she wrote. She thanked God, her doctors, and "long time girlfriend, Amber [ Laign ]. " First lady Michelle Obama is cool with it. "I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud. –mo," she tweeted Monday. Lily: They're Botoxed idiots "Hard Out Here" singer Lily Allen is less than impressed by today's celebs.