March 11, 2014 |
Dontaye is a happy, affectionate 13-year-old who smiles a lot, has abundant energy, and loves to explore his surroundings, typically at a run. He is socially engaged, and enjoys playing with other children his age and going out to eat during trips with them and the staff of his foster-care facility. His favorite activity is playing with wagons and cars that make sounds. He also likes arts and crafts, and dancing. Dontaye is nonverbal but has various ways of making himself understood and communicating his needs.
March 8, 2014
Raising all boats One implication of the decline of Philadelphia's middle class is that changes must be made to encourage middle-income people to remain in the city ("Philadelphia needs to stop loss of middle class," March 2). Another is that we must address the conditions that increased poverty - not just as a moral imperative, but as a necessity for the city's well-being. The recently formed Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity is crucial to meeting this goal. Attracting jobs is a prerequisite, but not enough.
March 3, 2014 |
The call went out two Thursdays ago, tweeting its way around the hallways of Moorestown High School: Everyone download Yik Yak. The reference was to a new social-media application growing in popularity elsewhere in the country but still largely unknown here. Its allure? For one thing, it's anonymous. On Friday, posts started flying. It got ugly. Hurtful, even hateful, comments were made about specific students and faculty. Content included sexual references and crude remarks.
February 21, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. wants $320 million in new money annually to begin to execute his ambitious blueprint for Philadelphia schools, and fully carrying it out could double that amount, he said Wednesday. That request for the 2014-15 school year is above and beyond $120 million the system is banking on - but has not yet gotten - from an extension of an extra 1 percent city sales tax. For a district that practically scraped together spare change to open schools last fall, those numbers are stunning.
February 14, 2014 |
ANOTHER severe snowstorm, another day of missed instruction. Repeat. The pattern this winter has been unbearable, especially for school administrators. Officials at Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, however, found a way to break the cycle. Principal Bill Brannick and the school's academic board yesterday rolled out Cyber Snow Days, a pilot program aimed at offsetting missed instruction days by having students complete assignments electronically at home.
February 6, 2014 |
After a career in football, Aaron Ruff wants to move to California and work for Apple. "I love their technology," Ruff said in a phone interview last week. "I love how it's set up. I've had an Apple since I was in eighth or ninth grade. " He had been talking about computers for at least five minutes in a mature baritone that couldn't have belonged to the 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pound 18-year-old from Olney. But when Ruff talks, you listen. He said his intellect is part of what has enabled him to make the four-year transformation at Imhotep Charter from an oversize tackle to a four-star right guard who will likely headline Temple's 2014 recruiting class, which is scheduled to be announced Wednesday as part of national signing day. The Owls are expected to sign six defensive backs, four wide receivers, and at least six other position players, with commitments from six offensive and defensive linemen combined.
January 19, 2014 |
A SWARM of protesters who gathered outside Central High School yesterday morning in anticipation of Gov. Corbett's first visit to a district-run Philadelphia public school found a bit of irony: a no-show governor. Corbett, who has been criticized for cutting nearly $1 billion from education during his time in office, abruptly canceled the appearance. Instead, he held a news conference at his Center City office, claiming he did want to cause a distraction. "I don't run from anything," Corbett said.
January 17, 2014 |
A 17-year-old student was taken into custody Wednesday morning after he was found with a loaded handgun in his backpack at the KIPP charter high school in West Philadelphia, police said. The teenager, whose name was not released, was being held at Southwest Detectives on Wednesday evening, and authorities expected him to be charged with a firearms offense, possession of an instrument of crime, and bringing a weapon to school. Lt. John Walker said the teen was involved in a fight with another student Wednesday morning at KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy at 5070 Parkside Ave. After the fight was stopped, the other student told security staff the teen was carrying a weapon in his backpack, Walker said.
January 16, 2014 |
Gov. Christie's call in Tuesday's State of the State address for lengthening the school day and year drew initial support, but it also raised some questions - and some eyebrows. His proposal came one day after he vetoed a popular bill that would have allowed a study of full-day kindergarten - an inconsistency to some observers. Others wondered where the money and resources to support a longer day and year would come from. And still others questioned whether any changes would be a collaboration between the state and local districts or whether they would simply be imposed.
December 25, 2013 |
Most area school districts were closed Monday for winter break, though a few, including Philadelphia, scheduled a regular day of classes. Not that it was a regular day at many schools. "We watched Home Alone and Home Alone 2 ," said one teacher at Philadelphia Learning Academy North, a district alternative school in Feltonville. And while some teachers planned full lessons, others did crafts, handed out work sheets, or gave pupils the opportunity to make up missed work.