June 18, 2016 |
In 2012, the Camden City School District was in a crisis. Twenty-three of 26 district schools were performing in the bottom 5 percent in the state, and many of the schools were in need of significant renovations. Fewer than half of Camden's students were graduating from high school on time, and those who did graduate were far too often underprepared for the challenges of college, employment, and life. As chairman of Cooper University Health Care, the largest employer in the city and the county, it was clear to me that students in Camden were being shortchanged and fundamentally needed more from their education system.
May 2, 2016 |
Let me tell you about a young woman who came to me for a psychological evaluation and quietly cried throughout. She was 16 and lovely in every way. Smart. Polite. Cared about school and earned good grades. On a varsity sports team. Well-liked by her friends. Treasured by her family. Adored by any grown-up who met her, including me. As I said, lovely. And she was absolutely miserable. Christina, as I will call her here, couldn't say why she was so desperately unhappy, and this inability only seemed to make her cry more.
March 23, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's administration will select from five to seven schools this summer to become community schools, with the city and private sector providing health, social, emotional, and after-school services. Kenney wants to establish 25 such schools citywide in the next four years. They would be funded with $40 million, paid for by Kenney's proposed sugary-drinks tax as well as contributions from nonprofits and the business community. Schools would not be selected until after City Council approves a budget by June 30, said Susan Gobreski, Kenney's director for community schools.
December 19, 2015
TRENTON A bill that would require grade school students to get at least 20 minutes of recess a day was approved by the Assembly on Thursday. If it wins full legislative approval, the law would apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. If possible, recess would be held outdoors. "In addition to giving children time to recharge during the school day, recess allows students to develop their social skills and get some physical activity," said Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana (D., Bergen)
November 18, 2015 |
Cheltenham High School was in a "lockout" with increased security Monday after learning that a former student now attending a Maryland college might have retrieved a gun from his parents' home. However, officials at Washington College in Chestertown said the student, Jacob Marberger, had made "no direct threat" against the campus. Police in Maryland and Pennsylvania identified Marberger as a missing person and had no warrants for his arrest. "We received notification early this morning from the parents of sophomore Jacob Marberger that he had returned home and retrieved a firearm," the college said in a notice to students posted early Monday.
November 6, 2015 |
Most American 8-year-olds are intimately acquainted with chicken fingers. That breaded-and-fried staple is "kid-friendly" at least in part because of its detachment from the actual chicken - there're no bones or skin or anything that calls a bird to mind. Some people believe bringing farm animals to the kids will actually make them better eaters and more informed food shoppers down the line. And the third graders at Friends School Haverford are more connected to chickens than most kids.
October 31, 2015 |
The firm that has struggled to fill Philadelphia's substitute-teaching vacancies said Thursday that it will pay more in an effort to attract more workers. Source4Teachers will now pay certified teachers who previously worked for the school system $160 per day, up from $110. Long-term certified subs will make $200 per day, up from $140. For those new to the system, the rates jump to $140, $160, or $180 per day, depending on subject area taught, from $110, $125, and $140. The Cherry Hill-based firm was awarded a two-year, $34 million contract to manage substitute services beginning in September.
October 15, 2015
EVERY SO OFTEN, my husband and I review our finances and revise our goals. We dig deep into the numbers, often resulting in a reduction in our spending, an increase in our savings or both. Sometimes things are going so well that no changes are needed. With our current work schedules, the start of a new school year and volunteer ministry work, we haven't been able to complete our budget re-examination process, which takes several hours. As we live in this incomplete state of analysis, I've been uneasy because I always like to have a current bird's-eye view of our finances.
September 29, 2015 |
James, 9, loves showing off his artistic skills, in particular drawing, his specialty. He also enjoys almost any physical game, but his favorite is hide-and-seek, which he plays with his 8-year-old sister, Emily. Outgoing and friendly, James is becoming more expressive in communicating. He likes going to school, especially art class. Emily is carefree, with an easy laugh. Playing dress-up, painting her nails, and creating crafts are just a few of her favorite activities. Animals, particularly dogs, are important to her; she is very fond of Buddy, the poodle in her foster home.
September 22, 2015 |
On the second day of school, the superintendent was welcoming students back to their classrooms when he was taken aback by one boy's greeting. "My parents want you fired," the boy said. James Wigo, head of the Rose Tree Media School District, tall and with a shaved head, pointed his finger at the student and "aggressively and loudly" told him to sit down and be quiet, according to his mother. Wigo threatened to send the boy to the principal's office and promised he would be back at the school day after day to keep an eye on him. The pupil who drew Wigo's wrath is 6. He is starting first grade at Indian Lane Elementary School.