August 17, 2016 |
A group of Camden residents who want the city's school board to be an elected body rather than one appointed by the mayor suffered a setback Monday when a judge dismissed their lawsuit against the school district. The suit, filed in April in Superior Court in Camden, asked that city residents be allowed to vote on whether to appoint or elect members of the board. It also argued that the question should have gone before voters in April 2014, as specified in 2010 legislation that ended the state's takeover of the City of Camden.
August 6, 2016 |
The Upper Darby school board's surprise decision last month to place Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. on paid administrative leave was at least partly rooted in a dispute over a redistricting proposal for the system's crowded schools - a controversy that some officials say is tinged with racial resentments in one of the region's most diverse suburbs. Dunlap had been promoting a plan that would have given him the discretion to move students to schools outside their neighborhoods to correct imbalances in class sizes throughout the district.
August 6, 2016
In the Upper Darby School District, life doesn't just imitate art these days. It upstages it. As the play Nice Work If You Can Get It ends its run this weekend at the district's Performing Arts Center, the Upper Darby school board finds itself deep in a drama that is steeped in mystery and shrouded in secrecy. The plot so far: Richard F. Dunlap Jr. is on a paid leave of absence as district superintendent. But the school board has taken no formal action on Dunlap, according to Dana Spino, the district's manager of media services.
August 4, 2016 |
At the height of summer, when few people pay attention to school goings-on, Upper Darby Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. has been quietly placed on paid leave. The July 21 action by the school board, which offered no explanation, took even high-level administrators by surprise. "It did happen suddenly with no formal announcement," said district spokeswoman Dana Spino. "I was told by other administrators. " Hearing through the rumor mill about the 56-year-old Dunlap's absence, Upper Darby's state representative, Republican Jamie Santora, said he asked a school board member what had happened, but got no answer.
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | NORMA SHAPIRO An inspiration Senior U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro was a remarkable jurist, but I remember her for her contributions to the Lower Merion community (" Norma Shapiro; pioneering set prison cap ," July 23). I think of Norma Shapiro as a member and then president of the Lower Merion school board. She treated students, teachers, administrators, and parents with great attention and respect. She was always available to listen privately to one's concerns and suggestions.
July 31, 2016 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday that five of the longest-serving and highest-paid board members on the $12.3-billion Hershey Trust for poor children would resign over the next 18 months after a probe into the board's compensation, governance, and travel expenses. Friday's settlement would create a new majority for the embattled nine-member board. It also was the second attempt by Kane in four years - and the fourth since 1994 - to fix the scandal-plagued charity.
July 25, 2016 |
On May 12, 1971, a fight among white and black female students set Haddon Heights and Lawnside on edge. The high school in mostly white Haddon Heights, attended also by students from historically black Lawnside, was evacuated, and closed for two days; 16 students were disciplined, and virtually the entire Lawnside enrollment marched in protest and boycotted classes. After generating days of newspaper headlines, the tensions subsided. The school soon closed for the summer, and after a few years, the story seemed all but forgotten.
June 30, 2016 |
Liana Roadcloud lives in a town where homeowners pay some of the region's highest property tax rates, where the schools struggle academically, and where the fiscal year that begins Friday will bring exactly what she doesn't want: another tax hike. The William Penn School District insists it has squeezed every nickel to keep the increase on her tax bill at just under 2 percent. For Roadcloud, that means a $58 bump next year, to $3,091 for a Lansdowne home valued around $70,000. "People don't mind paying for something if they're getting something in return," said Roadcloud, whose son is a sophomore at Penn Wood High School.
June 21, 2016 |
The directors of the Hershey School oversee an educational facility in central Pennsylvania for impoverished children, but you might not know it from their expense reports. Eight directors ran up an $18,000 tab for a weekend board meeting last June at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, according to internal records obtained by the Inquirer. All 10 spent $362,000 in travel, meals and hotels over the last 21/2 years, including at least 60 limousine rides, often from the Philadelphia and Baltimore airports.
June 18, 2016 |
Without debate or comments from the public, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission adopted a policy Thursday night that immediately allows transgender students to, among other things, be referred to by their pronoun of choice; use their bathroom of choice; and go out for the athletic team of their gender choice, either boys' or girls'. "It's really important for us to acknowledge and respect all children and how they identify themselves," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said after the meeting.