January 17, 1987 |
The Pennsauken Board of Education has proposed a tough new discipline policy that would allow the board to expel middle school students after four suspensions. Under the proposal, middle school students - sixth through eighth graders - would be suspended after accumulating 25 penalty points. Points would range according to the severity of violations. Students would receive two penalty points, for example, for loitering or eating outside the food area and 20 points for truancy or leaving school during school hours.
November 19, 1986
Much press has been given to Superintendent Constance Clayton's innovations in the Philadelphia public schools. For the most part the details that have been revealed in newspaper articles and television interviews have been positive ones. As a teacher and parent I applaud these steps in the right direction. During the years I've been teaching in Philadelphia there have been many programs and services developed for the mentally gifted, the learning disabled and various other special student groups.
August 31, 1986 |
Back-to-school time in September often means new clothes, new teachers, new classes and new friends, but this year it could also mean a whole new set of rules for students. While students were away on summer vacation, administrators in several local districts were busy tinkering with the discipline codes. What was OK in June could well be out-of-bounds by the time students show up for classes this week. Tough new disciplinary codes will make their debuts this fall in the Cherry Hill, Lenape, Moorestown, Pennsauken and Washington Township districts, ending a flirtation with the more permissive educational experiments of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
November 9, 2005 |
The Philadelphia School District has hired Ellen Green-Ceisler - who monitored the Police Department during her tenure as head of the city's Integrity and Accountability Office - to report on the handling of student discipline in the schools. Paul Vallas, the district's chief executive officer, said yesterday that discipline and violence remained a major challenge and that he hoped a thorough assessment of the system would lead to better practices. "My biggest headache is school discipline and student safety," Vallas said.
November 28, 2000 |
With her son Vincent sitting in the next room out of earshot, Donna Litrenta confided her hope for her 8-year-old autistic boy. "My short-term goal for him is to be happy and content enough to learn again," she said at her dining room table, with a pile of documents that chronicled some of what her son had been through. The last few years have been tough for Vincent, and they have not been much easier for Litrenta. In a matter of three school years, she pulled her son out of two schools that she said were abusing him or allowing Vincent to abuse himself.
March 1, 2014 |
CAMDEN Lorenz Bethea, 17, takes her one-mile walk to school pretty quickly. With no one on the streets in the early morning and a 10-block walk, "it's a long stretch if something were to happen," she said. Once inside Woodrow Wilson High School, she said, it's common to start her day weaving through fights in the hallways. "Sometimes it just feels like this isn't school," Bethea said. "Sometimes it's chaos, it's a party all the time. " On Thursday, in a move to make Bethea and all city students safer, Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard announced a five-point safety plan for the district where, last year, 50 percent of students reported feeling unsafe and violent incidents in schools climbed from 138 to 163. At the same time - echoing President Obama's call to abandon zero-tolerance policies because they are often enforced inequitably - Rouhanifard said he wants to reduce unnecessary police calls and arrests while still ensuring that incidents are accurately reported to the state.
October 15, 1997 |
Officials of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School have meted out their own punishment to 28 students identified by police as having taken part in a recent destructive scavenger hunt. School president Bill Galante said yesterday that the students were ordered to perform community service for their antics during the Oct. 7 hunt, in which they collected mailboxes, stop signs, lawn chairs, pumpkins and other items from yards of homes throughout the community. There were no suspensions or expulsions, Galante added.
January 17, 2013
In a federal lawsuit, a former Temple University athlete says she was kicked off the volleyball team and her full scholarship was revoked after she reported that her ex-boyfriend, a Temple football player, had assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Emily Frazer was a starting middle blocker and team server on Temple's 2011 volleyball team, according to the school's website. Her lawsuit says she was visiting a fellow student in a dorm on Jan. 21, 2011, when her former boyfriend, Andrew Cerett, forced his way in and begged to talk to her. She ran to her own dorm, where Cerett, a punter for the Owls, kicked the door open and threatened to kill her, the lawsuit, filed Friday, alleges.
September 7, 2010 |
SUPERINTENDENT Arlene Ackerman and other school district officials should expect to have extra homework this school year. Education advocates in the city say they plan to keep a close eye on the schools chief and her team this year as they embark on a new year full of challenges and expectations. Certain key goals last year were realized - reduced class sizes and a more-intense focus on struggling schools - but the real work is keeping the momentum going, school observers say. Many are calling for greater transparency by not only the district, but also in the state-created School Reform Commission that oversees it. "They're dictators," said Gerald Wright, of Parents United for Public Education, referring to the SRC and a recent vote on a resolution approving a $1 million contract to install security turnstiles at district headquarters.
October 26, 1986 |
A new lateness policy has elicited concern from at least one child's parents, who asked Lower Moreland school board members to consider more lenient measures against tardy students. Calling the policy "somewhat counterproductive," Jackson Pennington asked board members during a brief meeting Tuesday night to re-evaluate the consequences of the district's penalties for lateness. Under the policy, students who are late for school for the first time without valid reason are given a detention, according to school Superintendent Robert W. Pellicone.