April 23, 2014 |
TWO PREP-SCHOOL grads led a major illegal-drug ring and planned to monopolize the drug trade in Philadelphia's affluent suburbs, authorities said yesterday. Using confidential informants and "controlled buys," law-enforcement authorities launched a four-month investigation into the operation allegedly spearheaded by former lacrosse players Neil Scott, 25, of Haverford, and Timothy Brooks, 18, of Villanova. "The Main Line takeover project is coming together fast," Brooks wrote in a text message to Scott, according to court papers.
June 30, 2010 |
Small high schools came to Philadelphia in a big way four years ago, when four new ones opened their doors. Less than three miles apart, High School of the Future in Parkside and Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Center City had vastly different beginnings. Expectations for both were high. Both awarded their first diplomas this month. But although leadership was identified as key to both, one had turmoil at the top and the other had a stable principal. Though both emphasized technology and were given freedom to innovate, one kept a close eye on district standards and the other initially veered from the path.
April 3, 2013 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Starting with the new school year in September, Gaza boys and girls in middle and high school will be breaking the law if they study side by side. Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers argue that new legislation, mandating gender separation in schools from age 9, enshrines common practice. But women's activists warned Tuesday that it's another step in what it sees as the Hamas agenda of imposing its fundamentalist world view on Gaza's 1.7 million people. The Gaza rules appear harsh compared to Western practice but are not unusual in parts of the Arab and Muslim world.
March 20, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The influential Philadelphia School Partnership, organized to raise $100 million for high-performing city schools, Tuesday announced it would award $2.6 million more in grants. Its largest gift, $2 million over four years, will support Building 21, a Philadelphia School District high school slated to open in September. The school - which will eventually educate 600 students in the former Ferguson Elementary building on North Seventh Street - will use "competency-based" curriculum that allows students to progress once they show mastery of skills.
January 20, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations of widespread cheating among teachers and principals in Philadelphia schools, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. State prosecutors acted after receiving information from the state Inspector General's Office, which launched its own investigation in 2011. Bruce Beemer, chief of the Criminal Prosecution Section of the Attorney General's Office, declined to comment Friday.
February 28, 2014 |
The Philadelphia School District is close to deals on several of its recently closed buildings, officials said Wednesday. Four buyers would scoop up the properties, netting the district about $25 million - well under the target it must meet to cover the city's $50 million outlay that helped schools open on time last fall. If approved by the School Reform Commission, Douglas High School in Port Richmond would be sold to Maritime Academy Charter School. Shaw Middle School in Southwest Philadelphia would go to Mastery Charter School.
June 4, 2009 |
WOMELSDORF, Pa. - Infectious-disease investigators began this week the nitty-gritty phase of tracking back a flu outbreak among fourth graders: Who plays kickball with you? Who was coughing? During, say, arts and crafts, did you touch a piece of paper? Pass it? Lick it? A classroom seating chart already showed a cluster of sick kids. But members of the investigative team, most sent here to Berks County from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, needed more definitive evidence.
March 8, 2014 |
A proposal that would allow West Chester University to withdraw from the state's financially strapped higher-education system could hit students and parents in the pocketbook, the system's chancellor warned Thursday. Were West Chester to become a "state-related" school like Pennsylvania State University, it would most certainly mean higher tuition, fees, and other costs, said Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Students at Penn State's main campus pay $26,362 annually in tuition, fees, and room and board, compared with about $17,000 annually on average at the 14 state system universities.
June 4, 2007
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December 27, 2005
Let me commend you for reporting that "the Eastern PA Organizing Project, a faith-based and community group... " rebuked the School District of Philadelphia. Faith groups can and should rebuke secular organizations, for faith groups are better at changing lives than secular organizations. We are accountable to the God who made us, whereas secular organizations leave out God all together. The only hope for improving the educational system in America is impacting the Word of God upon it. Thomas Muldoon, Philadelphia