September 4, 2016 |
Every day in 10th-grade English class, there was a new stack of photocopied handouts to put in our three-ring binders. Four pages; five pages; once even an 80-page packet. By the end of the year, it all weighed 6 pounds. On any given day, I usually carried three or four textbooks, which weigh perhaps 4 pounds each. Add in notebooks and other papers, and I was easily shouldering 15 to 20 pounds on my walk to and from school, nearly a half-mile each way. Was it damaging my back?
June 8, 2016 |
Camden High School junior Janayzia Morris' typical commute to school is just under 2.5 miles on foot through some of the city's dangerous neighborhoods. Camden students who make a similar trek say they have witnessed shootings, stabbings, drug sales, and gang fights. Often, people are just yelling in the streets, no matter the time of day. Prostitutes are part of the neighborhood landscape. Morris, 18, fears for the safety of younger students she sees walking alone. "It's stuff that we shouldn't be seeing," Morris, who lives in the Fairview section, said, shaking her head.
June 1, 2016
ISSUE | ID THEFT PennDot within law For decades, Pennsylvania law has permitted access to drivers' records by certain entities strictly for lawful purposes, such as vehicle insurance, credit, jobs, and safety checks of drivers who operate school buses and heavy trucks ("ID theft taken too lightly," May 24). Applicants for insurance, jobs, and credit authorize access to their records. Similar programs are in place in many other states. When a state Budget Office audit found problems with one data aggregator with authorized access, the state Department of Transportation cut off its access.
May 14, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania school districts may be spending millions too much on busing, the state auditor general said Tuesday. Examinations by his office found 19 school districts in 11 counties paid a total of $54.8 million more for transportation during select periods between 2004 and 2014 than what the state determined was the maximum amount it would consider for the calculation of reimbursements, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said. Only one of those districts had competitively bid transportation services during the audit periods, according to DePasquale.
April 29, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN AIR Foul school buses Buying emissions-free electric buses will help clean up the air in Philadelphia and make our city more livable ("SEPTA gets grant to add 25 electric buses next year," April 20). It's a huge step in the right direction. But since there are about 480,000 school buses on the road in the United States, are we also funding school transportation system efforts to reduce that source of pollution? What happens to old buses that are being replaced? Are they being dismantled and recycled, or are they being sold so they can continue to belch diesel fumes outside of our city and state?
April 28, 2016 |
The Camden School District is offering a daylong, five-week summer school this year for as many as 1,000 students from ages 3 to 19, officials said Tuesday. The free program, from July 6 through Aug. 5, will focus on reading and math but also include field trips, sports, and other curriculums. The voluntary program will include breakfast and lunch, and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can take school buses to get there, officials said. Summer school programs offered by the district in previous years ran only to midday, and provided no transportation.
January 6, 2016 |
A passerby walking a dog discovered the body of a man hanging in a West Chester park near a school Monday morning, police said. Police received a call around 6:50 a.m. about a white male hanging from a swing set in Marshall Square Park near Henderson High School. Police said the man lived in the West Chester area, but declined Monday afternoon to identify him or give his age, pending notification of his family. The death appears to have been a suicide, Detective Bob Kuehn said.
November 3, 2015
IT'S A SIN for Kenyatta Johnson to have a casino built by the Cordish Cos. with the adverse publicity the company got. The Cordish Cos. have had many racial suits files against them; several were settled out of court. Kenyatta Johnson was planning his birthday party/campaign fundraiser bash at the company's South Philadelphia Xfinity Live location, until he was told that it would be a conflict of interest. He is most certainly a perfidious person. Alfred Augustus Philadelphia School buses need external cameras At the start of the new school year, I had several conversations with parents about school-bus safety.
September 18, 2015 |
PILGRIMS SWEATING over how to make their way into and around the city when Pope Francis is in town got some great news from SEPTA yesterday. The transit authority announced that it has extended sales of its one-day Regional Rail passes at the stations that will be open during the visit. Riders can pick them up for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to SEPTA. Additionally, three-day transit passes - good for rides on the subway, buses and trolleys - are on sale at stops throughout the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines.
May 13, 2015
IT APPEARS to me that what is wrong with Philadelphia public schools is not that there are not enough charter schools but that there are too many. As the city threatens to raise my property tax to pay for more charter schools, it seems to me that while the charter-school idea was filled with promise when it was introduced, it is overwhelming an already overwhelmed public-school system. The cost to educate a child in a charter school is higher than it cost the public-school system.