October 11, 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.
October 1, 2014 |
ONE UPPER DARBY mother took her parenting cues from LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," when she urged her daughter to fight another girl in the parking lot of a gas station on Friday afternoon, police said. "She flunked Parenting 101," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Kids are kids but parents that push them to have a fight, that makes no sense whatsoever. " This month's contender for mother of the year, Nicole Holton, 36, was shameless when police broke up the fight and tried to get to the bottom of how it started, Chitwood said.
September 5, 2014 |
The estate of a 12-year-old girl who died after suffering an asthma attack at a West Philadelphia elementary school - that at the time did not have a nurse on duty - has lodged a wrongful-death suit against the School District. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, seeks damages in the Sept. 25, 2013, death of Laporshia Massey. Also named as defendants were the school, its principal, and Laporshia's teacher. According to the suit, Laporshia was attending classes at Bryant Elementary School, at 6001 Cedar Ave., when she began having difficulty breathing.
July 11, 2014 |
The New Jersey Department of Education approved applications Wednesday for two new "Renaissance" schools in Camden, a move expected to lead to new school buildings in the Cramer Hill and Whitman Park neighborhoods. Mastery Charter Schools and Uncommon Schools will join the already approved KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy project. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Camden School District to offer a high-quality education to Camden students," Barbara Martinez, a spokeswoman for Uncommon Schools, said in an e-mail.
June 13, 2014 |
DURING ASHNA Blackston's sophomore year at Martin Luther King High in East Germantown, she got out of school later than her peers at other schools. For many teenagers, it would've been a nuisance, but the extra time allowed Blackston to get tutoring, dig into her studies and develop a closer relationship with her teachers. "You could learn more in the classes. We had more time for the teachers to work with us one-on-one," recalled Blackston, now a senior. "It was helpful. " King was part of the second set of Promise Academies - the district's turnaround model ushered in under the late Arlene Ackerman's Renaissance Schools Initiative to turn around failing schools.
May 23, 2014 |
A 7-year-old student died suddenly after becoming ill at a city public school on Wednesday. The child, a first grader at Jackson School in South Philadelphia, experienced a medical emergency and appeared to stop breathing. Classroom staff administered CPR and called 911, and the child was taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead. "It's shocking, and it's tragic, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family," said School District spokesman Fernando Gallard.
May 15, 2014 |
On Saturday morning, teenagers around the region will be sleeping in, working out, heading to a job, hitting the mall - all the weekend things teenagers do. But not Cherry Hill's seniors. At 8 a.m. Saturday, they'll be at school. And believe it or not, it was the students' decision. To satisfy the state's requirement of a 180-day school year, and to avoid the logistical nightmare of rescheduling graduation, the district opted for Saturday school to let seniors make up some of the year's snow days.
May 9, 2014 |
MULLICA HILL Following what could have been the start of her last days cleaning the halls of the Pioneers, Lina Scarpaci wore a bright yellow sweater. "I try to be positive," the 50-year-old custodial worker at Clearview Regional High School said Wednesday night of her cheerful attire. "That's all I can do. " Scarpaci, who has been in her position for 25 years, was one of 14 custodial workers at the district's middle and high school whose jobs remained in limbo until Wednesday night, as school officials mulled privatizing the work to help balance a $37.8 million budget.
March 26, 2014 |
A staffer assigned to quell violence at a Philadelphia high school was knocked unconscious in what one union official called the worst assault since a Germantown High School teacher's neck was broken in 2007 by a student. Alphonso Stevens, known as a conflict-resolution specialist, suffered a fractured skull, concussion, and other injuries. The incident happened Friday when students were changing classes at Bartram High School. A 17-year-old student got into a verbal exchange with Stevens then grabbed him by the arm "and pushed him into the wall," said Raven Hill, a district spokeswoman.
March 12, 2014 |
TWO NORTH Philadelphia schools that were awarded grants last year to create their own turnaround models are revealing their plans to the community. James G. Blaine Elementary and William D. Kelley Elementary will become district-run turnaround schools in September. The schools will keep their principals, unlike Promise Academies - another district-run turnaround model - but teachers must reapply for their positions, with no more than half being brought back. After receiving additional students due to nearby school closings, both schools won a $1.5 million grant in July from the Philadelphia School Partnership, a controversial nonprofit group that funnels philanthropic dollars to schools.