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.
October 14, 2010
Philadelphia Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman promised parents Wednesday that her administration would immediately tackle widespread problems of erratic and late school buses. A mother from the Sankofa Freedom Academy charter school in Frankford told the School Reform Commission at its regular meeting about poor service provided by a district-contracted bus company. Ackerman directed the woman to call her office Monday if problems remained. Ackerman said she had heard similar transportation complaints from parents across the city at her first parents roundtable Tuesday night.
October 14, 2010 |
A mother who testified before the School Reform Commission yesterday said that she's fed up with the service provided by the bus company contracted to pick up her kids. Drivers are often late and sometimes don't show up at all, said Kennesha Bell, one of two people who spoke about the issue. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said that several parents at a meeting earlier this week also complained about their children's bus routes. She promised to intervene. "My office is now paying close attention to fixing these bus routes," she said to Bell, "because I heard this over and over and over again from parents - not only about your bus route, but other bus routes.