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November 10, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mood was tense, but the music was beautiful. Officials at GAMP - Girard Academic Music Program, the city's elite public magnet school for gifted musicians - have been notified that they will lose the yellow school buses that transport middle school students from points around Philadelphia to the school at 22d and Ritner Streets. So on Thursday night, dozens gathered in the GAMP auditorium for a concert and rally to voice their displeasure to the Philadelphia School District.
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seventh and eighth graders from Carnell School in Northeast Philadelphia will be relocated from an annex to a former Catholic school in January because of structural concerns about the annex's facade, the Philadelphia School District announced Friday. The district said the Department of Licenses and Inspections had asked the district to vacate the annex at 901 Devereaux Ave. in Oxford Circle that houses the Carnell Middle Years Academy by Jan. 30. When seventh and eighth graders return from winter recess Jan. 2, they will attend classes at the former St. Bernard school at 7360 Jackson St. in Holmesburg.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Girard Academic Music Program, the elite magnet school in South Philadelphia, draws students from all over the city. Getting accepted to extremely competitive GAMP, the acronym by which it is better known, is no easy task. Of the 1,000 students who applied to the 5th-through-12th grade school last year, 250 were invited to audition for 66 slots. Attending the school at 21st and Ritner Streets is simple, however, thanks to busing for grades 5 through 8. That will change next fall.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
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