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April 11, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FOR THE FIRST time since the PIAA voiced concerns that charter schools tilt the competitive balance in their favor because of enrollment practices, District 12 charters responded yesterday to the association's executive director, Dr. Robert Lombardi. And a familiar theme was sounded at a 90-minute meeting at Cannstatter Volkfest Verein in the Northeast, which included District 12 athletic directors. "We're not doing anything wrong, so why would you take [sports] away from us?"
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March 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 30, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 3, 2013 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Dalia Nammari, Associated Press
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.
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March 12, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO NORTH Philadelphia schools that were awarded grants last year to create their own turnaround models are revealing their plans to the community. James G. Blaine Elementary and William D. Kelley Elementary will become district-run turnaround schools in September. The schools will keep their principals, unlike Promise Academies - another district-run turnaround model - but teachers must reapply for their positions, with no more than half being brought back. After receiving additional students due to nearby school closings, both schools won a $1.5 million grant in July from the Philadelphia School Partnership, a controversial nonprofit group that funnels philanthropic dollars to schools.
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April 12, 2014
Business trip As business owners who joined Mayor Nutter on his recent trade mission to London and Israel, the return on investment for us is pretty clear ("A mayor in motion," April 8). Through connections made in Britain, Environmental Construction Services is in the process of bringing its products to Europe and establishing an office there. And software and data analysis firm Azavea was recently named a "regional node" by the London-based Open Data Institute, and has participated in British trade events to showcase its products.
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March 20, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 28, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A STATE lawmaker from Philadelphia said he has a plan to generate $375 million for local school districts without costing taxpayers a dime. Sen. Vincent Hughes, minority chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said yesterday that he would introduce legislation to impose a 5-percent severance tax on natural-gas drilling in the state's Marcellus Shale region. By 2020, Hughes said, the tax would generate more than $1 billion for education. "Given the status of what's going on in our schools, we need a much more aggressive funding plan put in place," Hughes told the Daily News . He is scheduled to announce the legislation today at a rally outside the Philadelphia School District's headquarters.
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June 4, 2007
What qualities are important for a new Philadelphia schools chief? We'd like to hear from Philadelphia residents in 150 words or less. E-mail us at suburbanletters@phillynews.com or write us at Regional Commentary Page, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa., 19428. All letters must include a full name, home address, and day and evening phone numbers.
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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
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April 15, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A statewide grassroots education group, frequently and oftentimes fiercely critical of the state's charter school laws, is questioning whether Camden's process of bringing two more Renaissance schools to the city violated state statute. On Monday, Save Our Schools, founded in 2010, sent a letter to Commissioner David C. Hespe at the Department of Education raising concerns over promotional materials sent home with students last week detailing Mastery and Uncommon Schools. The letter to the commissioner also took issue with the district's application of the Urban Hope Act, which created district-hybrid schools.
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April 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
SHAMONG A state ethics complaint has been lodged against a Shamong Board of Education member for Facebook posts that make pejorative references about district teachers and endorse student physical force to deal with bullies. In a complaint dated April 9, former Shamong School Board President Diane Tallaksen alleges that board member Greg Vitagliano wrote public posts in 2013 that violate state School Ethics Act provisions, including protecting "the welfare of all children in the school district," and supporting and protecting "school personnel in proper performance of their duties.
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April 15, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE PHILADELPHIA School Partnership and PennCAN, two controversial education-reform groups, want the state's highest court to decide whether the School Reform Commission can impose work-rule changes on teachers. The two pro-school-choice organizations sought the review in an amicus brief filed yesterday with the state Supreme Court. It "is crucial for this Court to fully consider this case and breathe life into the legislative command that the [SRC] is to be empowered with the flexibility to quickly respond in times of budgetary crisis and provide for the long-term sustainability of City public education," the filing read.
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April 15, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The retrial of Philadelphia charter school founder Dorothy June Brown on federal fraud charges is scheduled to start Sept. 8. U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick set the date after conferring with lawyers Friday. Gregory P. Miller, one of Brown's lawyers, is involved with a criminal trial in Camden that may continue into June. Brown, 76, faces charges of defrauding the four charter schools she founded of $6.5 million and then engaging in a conspiracy to cover it up. After five weeks of testimony, and seven days of deliberations, jurors in January acquitted the veteran educator on six counts and deadlocked on the remaining 54. Jurors said afterward the panel was split 9-3 in favor of convicting Brown.
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April 15, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Lee spent much of last summer in a laboratory in Seoul, South Korea, where he passed hours studying cancer cells under a microscope, taking measurements, and painstakingly replicating test results. He also set aside a few weeks for a trip to Africa, where he helped deliver medical services to remote villages in Tanzania. Lee has plenty more planned for the future. But first he has to graduate from high school. After that, it's off to college, followed by medical school, and then a career that he intends to devote to finding a cure for cancer.
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April 13, 2014 | By Jerry Iannelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eddie Berner's tour bus was running late. Inside Durand Academy and Community Services headquarters in Mount Laurel, administrators milled about, waiting to meet their new fund-raising partner. They were happy to wait: Durand, which provides housing, schooling, and support services to people with autism in South Jersey, had never been visited by a rock star before. Fifteen minutes after Berner's publicist said his tour bus would arrive, a black RV, its sides plastered with red vinyl flames, squealed into the lot outside the headquarters on Gaither Drive.
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April 12, 2014
Business trip As business owners who joined Mayor Nutter on his recent trade mission to London and Israel, the return on investment for us is pretty clear ("A mayor in motion," April 8). Through connections made in Britain, Environmental Construction Services is in the process of bringing its products to Europe and establishing an office there. And software and data analysis firm Azavea was recently named a "regional node" by the London-based Open Data Institute, and has participated in British trade events to showcase its products.
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April 12, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday his office had begun an audit of the Philadelphia School District to examine finances, school safety, academics, and the impact the loss of state charter-school reimbursement funds had on the district's bottom line. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., who joined DePasquale for the announcement at district headquarters, said he welcomed the review. "When you are challenged financially, like we are, obviously, here," Hite said, "it is extremely important to get as much information from independent third parties as possible about how effectively we are able to use the funds we have at our disposal.
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April 11, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FOR THE FIRST time since the PIAA voiced concerns that charter schools tilt the competitive balance in their favor because of enrollment practices, District 12 charters responded yesterday to the association's executive director, Dr. Robert Lombardi. And a familiar theme was sounded at a 90-minute meeting at Cannstatter Volkfest Verein in the Northeast, which included District 12 athletic directors. "We're not doing anything wrong, so why would you take [sports] away from us?"
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