March 1, 2012 |
About 200 people organized by Occupy Philadelphia protested state funding cuts for education outside School District headquarters Thursday afternoon. Some speakers addressed other issues, but the main thrust was education during the rally of Occupy protesters and union leaders at 440 N. Broad St. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would eliminate $21 million in funding - mainly used for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten programs - for the Philadelphia School District.
June 24, 1991 |
Mary Brewster, 66, a school nurse who raised three children alone while earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University, died Friday at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. "Her life was never easy," said her daughter, Mary Brewster Innes. "She could have sat around feeling sorry for herself, but she never did. " Mrs. Brewster was raised in the Holmesburg section of the city. She was a devout Catholic who attended Mass every Sunday and believed in the power of prayer.
October 13, 2013 |
The death of a West Philadelphia sixth grader last month from asthma complications continued to spark outrage Friday even as the Philadelphia School District clarified actions staff at Bryant Elementary School took the day the girl became ill. Much of the anger stems from the lack of a nurse on duty on Sept. 25 who could have recognized Laporcha Massey's distress. Bryant has a nurse only two days a week. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said Friday that after Laporcha reported feeling ill, the school twice called her home to ask someone to pick her up. When no one came by dismissal time, around 2:45 p.m., an aide felt sorry for the 12-year-old and drove her home.
February 22, 1988 |
One was picked for cheerfully driving a school bus, another for helping a new student feel welcome, and a third for finding innovative ways to keep children interested in school. Those acts - performed by a school bus driver, a school nurse and a kindergarten teacher this year - captured the appreciation of a group of Chester County parents. They are the little things parents said made a big difference in their children's lives. At an award ceremony called the "Gift of Time Tribute" the parents honored area school workers for their warmth toward children.
January 25, 2013
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why are so many public-school students needlessly going hungry? Only 35 percent of New Jersey's 471,714 children eligible for a free or reduced-price meal received breakfast at school last year. That's among the lowest participation rates in the country. New Jersey ranks 46th in the number of low-income students who get breakfast at school. Pennsylvania is 36th. Nationally, only about 50 percent of students in the reduced or free lunch program eat a school breakfast.
May 21, 1992 |
Round three on the proposed 1992-93 school budget for West Chester schools Monday produced new ways to pare spending that would save most school nurse positions and keep the elementary instrumental music program intact. Superintendent Thomas Kent gave the board several new proposals to consider that would save the district more than $500,000. The meeting was the third in a series of hearings on the budget of $77.1 million, which represents a 6.7 percent increase. Kent told the board that through redistricting and refining staff positions, he was able to reduce the teaching staff by four for a savings of $250,000, which accounted for the biggest portion of the proposed reductions.
February 15, 1992 |
Jessie Mark Luong, 67, who spent her life watching out for others as a school nurse, missionary nurse and community activist in Chinatown, died Wednesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She had been in a coma since Sunday, when smoke from fireworks at a Chinese New Year celebration triggered an asthma attack that shut down her breathing passages. "She was running in and out of our restaurant, taking pictures and entertaining guests," said her sister, Juliana Mark-Le.
January 27, 1991 |
It is that time of year again. Students are filing into the nurse's office with complaints of aching bellies, pounding heads and sore throats. By 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the nurse at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School in Levittown had already sent home three students who complained of flulike symptoms. About 18 percent of the student body has been absent because of illness in the last few weeks, said Shirley Williams, health room technician at the school. Elementary schools are prime environments for spreading the flu, Williams said.
October 4, 1990 |
The Jenkintown school board is applying for a $4,000 grant from the state to train faculty and staff members on how to spot drug users in school. The Drug-Free Schools Grant is offered to schools interested in forming programs to observe student behavior and to identify pupils involved with drugs or alcohol, as well as students who are likely to use them. Jenkintown plans to send its committee - the school nurse, two counselors and several teachers - to a seminar in Exton from Dec. 3 to 7 that will teach those who attend about addiction.
June 20, 1990 |
In a show of solidarity, about 150 people assembled at the Medford Township school board meeting last week and protested instructional cuts totaling $775,000 from the proposed 1990-1991 school budget. Voters rejected the proposed $16.9 million budget on April 24. The Township Council then ordered the board to reduce the budget by $775,000. The board voted to eliminate teaching positions and instructional programs. At the same time, however, a pay increase for administrators and principals was approved.