February 8, 2013 |
When Miguelina Rodriguez walks into an alternative school program at an East Camden church for the start of the semester Thursday, she will pick up books and return home. No teachers will be there to help with a math equation, or classmates to study with. The Community Education Resource Network (CERN) has shut its in-house alternative program at Bethel United Methodist Church for lack of funding. It will support home schooling, but even that is on the verge of extinction. Townsend Press in Berlin has donated take-home material, but CERN founder Angel Cordero said the core of the program depends on students receiving face-to-face instruction.
December 27, 2012
The school massacre in Newtown, Conn., has left the country searching for answers on how to make schools safer. A proposal by the National Rifle Association to put armed security guards in every school is not the solution. Neither are calls to arm classroom teachers. Adding firearms to any volatile situation is a recipe for a potential tragedy. Our schools should not look like armed camps or prisons. After a week of near-silence following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children and six adults dead, the response last week from the NRA was predictable, but disappointing.
December 16, 2012 |
THERE ARE some tips for parents and guardians on addressing questions from their children and resources for more advice on talking about the Connecticut school massacre. 1. Be available: Let children know you are available to answer their questions, according to Children's National Medical Center. But it's OK to not have all the answers, or to tell your children you need to find out the answer to a question. 2. Be creative: If they're having trouble talking about school violence, consider having them use art or music to express their feelings, the medical center says.
December 15, 2012 |
Fourteen of the Philadelphia School District's most dangerous schools are among the 44 set to close or be relocated, according to an Inquirer analysis. That includes four neighborhood high schools - Strawberry Mansion, Germantown, Douglas, and Lamberton - that recorded at least five violent incidents per 100 students in 2011-12. But what impact closing the schools will have on overall safety in the 146,000-student district is uncertain, and some officials say there's the potential for things to get worse.
December 14, 2012 |
Fourteen of the Philadelphia School District's most dangerous schools are among the 44 set to close or be relocated, according to an Inquirer analysis. That includes four neighborhood high schools - Strawberry Mansion, Germantown, Douglas and Lamberton - all of which recorded at least five violent incidents per 100 students in 2011-12. Of the 14, Strawberry Mansion topped the list, with more than 10 violent incidents per 100 students in each of the past five years. Last school year, it was the second most violent school in the district.
October 18, 2012 |
Student bullying in New Jersey is concentrated in the middle-school grades, overwhelmingly verbal in nature, and not nearly as widespread on the Internet as some might think. That's the portrait that emerges from the state Department of Education's first in-depth examination of what is classified as "Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying," or HIB, in schools. But some education professionals question whether the statistics - contained in the department's annual report on school violence and vandalism, and reflecting a change in definition under the 2010 Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act - present a complete picture.
October 4, 2012 |
THE INGREDIENTS for academic excellence are like a family recipe that has been passed down for generations: quality teachers; engaged parents who make sure their kids come ready and wanting to learn; and a safe, positive school environment. In an effort to focus on the last one, many educrats across the country, in their zeal to show off their so-called "no-nonsense attitude" have adopted zero-tolerance policies on a variety of student issues, such as safety, weapons, drugs and interpersonal behavior.
August 13, 2012 |
COURTS Kensington Strangler trial Antonio Rodriguez, who told police he raped and strangled three women in 2010, will face justice for those crimes when he goes on trial Monday. Rodriguez, 23, who came to be known as the alleged Kensington Strangler, chose a nonjury trial, an expedited format that could wrap up in a few days. The three murders in November and December 2010 stoked women with fear in and around Kensington until police were able to link Rodriguez to the attacks through DNA evidence.
April 25, 2012 |
The student group Youth United for Change launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at making city schools safer. The group's "Safe to Count on Me" campaign promotes preventive discipline programs over zero-tolerance policies in dealing with school violence. At a rally in Norris Square Park, the group shouted chants expressing protest and urging budget reform. They called on City Council to support implementation of a method known as restorative practice, a program tried in other cities that works with students, teachers, and parents to basically get students to learn from their mistakes.
April 18, 2012 |
Now that hands have been shaken, hugs shared, congratulations extended, and champagne imbibed, Philadelphians not in the newspaper business may want to take a moment to ask what it means to them that The Inquirer has won journalism's top award — the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. It is a tribute to any city to have an award-winner, but virtually every town with a Pulitzer recipient also has a problem that the newspaper or online publication revealed. In the case of The Inquirer's 19th Pulitzer, a team of reporters, editors, photographers, and videographers pointed out the prevalence of violence in Philadelphia's schools.