September 11, 2012 |
Not many years ago, along with the reappearance of school buses and brightly colored leaves, there was a predictable sign of fall: teacher strikes. Though walkouts were never numerous, in most years, one or more of the 63 school districts in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties had teachers on picket lines. Since the recession hit in late 2007, however, there has been a sharp drop-off in strikes. As schools opened this month, 16 districts in the area - four in Bucks, five in Chester County, four in Delaware County, and three in Montgomery - still had unresolved labor agreements.
March 21, 2012
IT CONSTANTLY amazes me that people today, like Peter Garvin (letter, March 20) , are jealous of the poor! Think about that: People are constantly complaining about what the poor have been given. Have we lost all sense of perspective? Yet I don't see these same [complainers] opting to move into the crime-ridden neighborhoods where the poor live, or send their children to the same schools as those attended by the children of the poor. If indeed the life of the poor is so attractive, it would not be difficult in this day and age to change your status so that you could qualify.
February 6, 2012
BACK IN THE '70s, a popular poster said something like, "Imagine if schools had enough money and the military had to hold bake sales. " And while peanut allergies and health concerns have led to bans on school bake sales in New York and other communities, the poster's main point underscores how the scarcity of funding for schools has been with us a long time - and will probably always be. City Council, and Blondell Reynolds Brown in...
February 3, 2012 |
RAISING NEW dough is on City Council's to-do list, and members see dollar signs on school buses. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced legislation yesterday that would allow advertising on the city's 1,250 school buses. That would yield roughly $1 million a year to help the school district, which recently said that it must cut another $61 million from its budget. "Some might argue that's a drop in the bucket, but when school boards have to figure out the difference between an art and music teacher or new textbooks or fewer costs, let's explore how we can fund those needed items," Reynolds Brown said.
February 2, 2012 |
Raising new dough is on City Council's to-do list, and members see dollar signs on school buses. Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced legislation Thursday that would allow advertising on the city's 1,250 school buses. That would yield roughly $1 million to help the school district, which recently said that it must cut another $61 million from its budget. "Some might argue that's a drop in the bucket, but when school boards have to figure out the difference between an art and music teacher or new textbooks or fewer costs, let's explore how we can fund those needed items," Reynolds Brown said.
November 17, 2011 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Thanksgiving will be just another day on the road for many school bus drivers in one South Jersey town. Lakewood in Ocean County is asking scores of drivers to work in order to transport about 18,000 Orthodox Jewish students to and from their private schools in the township. State law requires public school districts to pay for transportation to private-school students every Monday through Friday from September through June. In most places, private schools are closed on major holidays.
June 20, 2011
RE THE letter from David Brotnitsky that the school district or city can save money by cutting crossing guards at corners with lights: I'm the home and school president at FitzPatrick Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia, and I'm in front of my school every morning with two other volunteers to keep the area clear for the school buses. At Knights and Chalfont, there are two guards at the light, and if you sit there for just one morning, you can see that they need four because drivers speed and disobey traffic signals and each other.
May 8, 2011
Firefighters put out fires in three school buses at a Northeast Philadelphia parking lot Saturday night, officials said. It was the second fire there in a month, according to fire officials. The buses, in a depot on the 3800 block of Woodhaven near Academy, were in flames about 8 p.m., officials said. The fires were quickly put out and are under investigation, they said. On April 17, arson damagaed three district buses. - Mike Newall
April 18, 2011
A school bus parked in a lot at Academy and Byberry Roads in Northeast Philadelphia burned Sunday afternoon, and flames spread to other buses, fire officials said. Three buses in the Philadelphia School District lot were heavily damaged. As of late Sunday, fire officials said, the matter was still under investigation by the Fire Marshal's Office and had not been declared arson. - Stephan Salisbury
November 24, 2010 |
SWAT teams and K-9 units descended on a Gloucester County public school Tuesday afternoon in search of a bank robber officials believed might be inside. Around 1 p.m., a Parkview Elementary teacher reported seeing a man who fit the description of a suspect in a nearby bank robbery try to enter a locked maintenance door, said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton during a news conference. As police helicopters hovered, heavily armed officers set up a perimeter at the Westville school and evacuated roughly 300 prekindergarten through sixth-grade students to a nearby church.