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.
August 30, 2015 |
Waffiyyah Murray doesn't often come across a kid who doesn't want to ride a bike. But parents are often concerned about safety, especially in congested parts of Philadelphia. Nationwide, the number of students walking and biking to school has steadily declined, from 41 percent in 1969 to 13 percent in 2001, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Meanwhile, the number of children who go to school by car nearly tripled, from 20 to 55 percent. Murray, 30, has a psychology degree from Temple University and was born and raised in Philadelphia.
April 21, 2015 |
EXAMS ARE around the corner for city students, and nearly every teacher is squeezing in as much instructional time as humanly possible. Not so much at Olney Charter High School, whose charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, has pared back instruction and parent-teacher conferences so staff can attend mandatory meetings to hear what a union would mean for the North Philadelphia school. It's unclear what the cost would be to taxpayers. Unidentified outside consultants will run the informational meetings - some union advocates describe them as an "anti-union" tactic - today, Wednesday and April 28. The aim is "to assist you in making an informed decision on this matter," school board president Frederick Ramirez wrote in an email.
April 1, 2015 |
THERE WAS A PLAN. And then there was real life. An expected walkout of students yesterday at North Penn High School was thwarted by principal Burt Hynes, who pointed out to students that such an action would violate school rules. A group of students had planned the walkout to support the female students involved in a nude-photo scandal that has rocked the Lansdale, Montgomery County, school. North Penn officials confirmed Friday that they were investigating allegations that some North Penn students had shared nude or suggestive photos and videos on the file-sharing site Dropbox.
March 11, 2015 |
SHOTS RANG OUT next to a North Philly school and a day-care center yesterday, and police said one man was killed. The crime scene just north of Lehigh Avenue stretched from George Clymer Elementary School at 12th and Rush streets to 12th and Somerset, a half-block away. Two men were shot just before 5 p.m., police said. Cops took both victims to Temple University Hospital, where one, a 25-year-old man, was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the shooting. The other man, in his 20s, was fighting for his life after being shot twice in the head, according to Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.
January 17, 2015 |
After a frantic six-week fund-raising campaign, students and staff at St. Paul School breathed a huge sigh of relief Thursday. Faced with a do-or-die, they rallied to raise more than the $250,000 needed to save the parish school in Burlington City. Principal William Robbins called it a miracle. "We did it," Robbins said. "We raised a quarter of a million dollars. Who would have thought it?" Students and staff heard the news during morning prayer at the start of the school day. "They all gave a standing ovation and cheered," the principal said.
December 20, 2014 |
Behold, the jawnament! Delicate, wooden - and singularly Philly - the holiday handcraft is the latest offering from student entrepreneurs at the Workshop School, a project-based public school whose innovations have won national recognition. The school's teens are best known for building a fuel-efficient fast car that made its way to the White House. The jawnament may not get a nod from the president, but it's clever enough to be the top seller of Workshop Industries, the after-school club where students create items to sell to the public using the tools at their disposal: laser cutters, 3-D printers, sophisticated computer-assisted design software.
November 13, 2014 |
Police are investigating how a bag of bullets ended up in the common area of a Main Line Hebrew school Wednesday, prompting a major law enforcement response and an early end to the school day. "There was never a threat or any type of imminent threat," Lt. Andy Block, a Radnor police spokesman, said of the discovery before noon of the ammunition at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy on South Bryn Mawr Avenue. He said officers and dogs from the Radnor and Haverford police departments did a security check of the school and, because of the hour of the day, students were dismissed early.
October 12, 2014 |
Sleep-deprived teenagers of New Jersey, take heart. One state senator thinks you deserve a break. Sen. Richard J. Codey (D., Essex) introduced a bill this week that would require the state Department of Education to study the issues, benefits, and options involved in instituting a later school-day start time for middle and high schoolers. He said an impetus for the legislation was a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics that calls insufficient sleep among the nation's adolescents an "epidemic" and "an important public health issue" with far-reaching impacts on physical and mental health, safety, and school performance.