December 14, 2012 |
SUPERINTENDENT William R. Hite Jr., saying he had "few options," announced Thursday that the School District will recommend closing 37 schools as part of a plan to establish "a school system that is better run, safer and higher performing. " Calling it "a historic moment," Hite said his recommendations also included changing the grade levels of 23 schools and making other program changes affecting another seven. The total savings for the district could be up to $28 million beginning in 2014-15, he said.
August 31, 2011 |
STYLE&SOUL, D1: Fall looks that style-savvy teens want. An empty-nest mom misses the school daze.
August 31, 2011 |
Once I was the mom who was cranky with the school-supply scene, the search-and-destroy missions for folders, notebooks, lunch boxes, and backpacks. Now, I get misty when I see the stampede at the malls and the discount stores. Sometimes, I have to turn away as the feelings of loss - yes, loss - engulf me. I miss the clarion call to action that I used to heed every late August with my three girls, now grown. Back then, we'd drift into back-to-school mode, half-dreamily at first, then full-throttle.
April 27, 2011
ON ONE SIDE, there's legendary film director Spike Lee . On the other side, there's filmmaker Tyler Perry , whose latest movie, "Madea's Big Happy Family," opened at No. 2 at the box office last weekend. At issue is what passes as positive black movie-making. Lee has long criticized Perry for producing lowbrow comedies heavy on racial stereotyping and Amos-and-Andy-style characterizations. But Perry says Madea, the gun-toting, grandmotherly figure at the heart of so many of his films, and other characters in his comedies reflect a segment of black life.
June 21, 2010 |
AS MOST young people end school for the summer, there's big school news coming out of England. Michael Jackson 's mother, Katherine , has reportedly told Britain's Mail on Sunday that the late pop star's children will attend school for the first time in September. Yes, it will be a private school, but there will be other earthlings there. Prince , 13, Paris , 12, and Blanket , 8, have had private lessons up until now. "Toy Story 3" may be about toys who come to life but the movie's opening brought summer box office back to life with a huge $109 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.
December 13, 2006 |
NOTHING LIKE a new movie to get an actress babbling about the things she once insisted were NOYB. Angelina Jolie stars in "The Good Shepherd," out next Friday, and wouldn't you know it, she's ready to clear up a few things regarding her baby daddy, Brad Pitt, and how they got together. Let's start before it started, when she was "content to be a single mom" and Pitt was seemingly content to be married to "Friends" actress Jennifer Anniston. Then Angie, 31, and Brad, 42, crossed and, er, double-crossed paths while making the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
August 16, 2006 |
YOU LAUGHED at the commercial: a father joyfully tossing school supplies into a shopping cart, while his kids trudged along, to the music of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. " But for many gay and lesbian students, this is not a wonderful time. For some, summer offered a reprieve from taunting or even physical harm. For others, this summer is when they've come to realize that they are gay, and this fall will be either a return to the closet or the threat of harm. Some adults who ought to know better have shown that they are among the most intolerant.
August 20, 2004 |
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Men of Baca and Keith Leaphart have improved on the "3rd Friday Collaboration," which will be at the Academy of Natural Sciences tonight. As usual the hits will be banged out by two DJs (Baby DST and Doc B), and there will be a live band (Exquisite Band) to cover tunes at the event, which will start at 8 p.m. Also expect a new addition, a comedy show featuring Rob Stapleton and Roz G. After more than 20 years, the Men of Baca monthly is an institution.
July 5, 2003
Double parked I might take Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Joseph Egan's claim that PPA is an efficient, honest organization more seriously if PPA even pretended to enforce parking laws south of Washington Avenue. You can park in the median all day without fear of a ticket on Oregon Avenue or South Broad, but stay in a legal parking space for two hours and five minutes in Center City and you better reach for the checkbook. Chuck Sweedler Philadelphia School daze "Quit the Last Days Charade!"