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October 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
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October 13, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
With representatives of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers standing by his side, State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas on Thursday decried the School Reform Commission's canceling of the teachers union contract. "Earlier this week, the School Reform Commission acted in a unilateral manner that poisoned what very well may be a worthy issue," the Philadelphia Democrat said at his Girard Avenue office. He drew cheers from a group of about 30 people there when he said, "I support the PFT and their efforts to say to no to the abrogation of their collective-bargaining agreement.
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April 30, 2013 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IN 1939, a 6-year-old boy moved to Detroit with his working-class parents - Lithuanian Jewish immigrants - and walked into the remarkable engine that propelled so much of America's prosperity in the 20th century, his neighborhood public school. That kid, Eli Broad, graduated from Detroit Central High School in 1951 and went on to become one of the world's richest people, a billionaire who made his fortune first in the post-World War II housing boom and later in insurance. Today, the 79-year-old Broad (it rhymes with "road")
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
SUPERINTENDENT William R. Hite Jr., saying he had "few options," announced Thursday that the School District will recommend closing 37 schools as part of a plan to establish "a school system that is better run, safer and higher performing. " Calling it "a historic moment," Hite said his recommendations also included changing the grade levels of 23 schools and making other program changes affecting another seven. The total savings for the district could be up to $28 million beginning in 2014-15, he said.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Michelle Faul, Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria - Shaking a finger while cradling an assault rifle, the leader of Nigeria's extremist Islamic sect threatened to burn down more schools and kill teachers. But he denied that his fighters were killing children. In a new video released Saturday, Islamic radical Abubakar Shekau said he "fully supports" attacks on several schools in recent weeks. The U.N. Children's Fund says at least 48 students and seven teachers have been killed since June, with some burned alive this month in a dormitory.
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SPORTS
October 20, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The referees huddled to discuss the call. They then huddled again. They talked to the Springside Chestnut Hill coach and huddled once more. The call stood. Haverford School regained possession after a fumble, but the delay seemed to sap the game's energy. But on the next play from scrimmage, the energy returned. Fords running back Reginald Harris took the handoff, bounced to the right sideline, and ran almost untouched for an 85-yard touchdown. The score sealed host Haverford School's 32-16 win Saturday afternoon and kept the Fords undefeated in the Inter-Ac League.
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October 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The suspected cop-killer who has sparked a wide-ranging manhunt in the Pocono Mountains may have been spotted Friday night carrying a rifle near his high school alma mater, authorities said Saturday afternoon. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said a woman walking near Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater spotted a man matching the description of Eric Frein about 9 p.m. She came within 15 to 20 feet of the man, Bivens said. That and other tips - including reports of blood found on two back porches, and a possible sighting of Frein last week - have led searchers to refocus their manhunt south to the townships of Paradise and Pocono.
NEWS
October 20, 2014
L INDSEY SCANNAPIECO, 28, of South Philadelphia, is managing partner and principal of Scout Ltd., which redevelops vacant properties. It recently won a competition to redevelop the vacant, eight-story Edward W. Bok Technical High School, on 9th Street near Mifflin. The daughter of prominent condo/apartment developer Tom Scannapieco, the Philly native moved back in June after five years in London. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Scout? A: I founded a company in London in 2011 and worked on projects to repurpose vacant, unused spaces.
SPORTS
October 20, 2014 | BY BRENT BAUM, Daily News Staff Writer baumb@phillynews.com
ARCHBISHIOP RYAN'S Samir Bullock made history on Saturday. The senior running back had 394 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in a 51-6 rout of Cardinal O'Hara to become the Raiders' all-time leading rusher. Bullock, who has racked up 1,454 yards on 188 carries and scored 14 touchdowns this season, has 3,509 career rushing yards, breaking the previous mark of 3,289 set by Joe Zeglinski (2005). Bullock broke the record in only 2 years as he played his sophomore season at Father Judge before transferring to Ryan.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Vernon Clark and Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writers
For Stephanie and Gerald Wright of Philadelphia's Germantown section, the ideal high school for daughter Nyla would be a public school with rigorous programs in science, math, and the arts. "I'm looking for a high school that's going to be geared toward 21st-century learning," Stephanie Wright said. Wright was among more than 1,000 students, parents, and counselors attending the Philly High School Fair on Friday afternoon. The free two-day event at the Armory at Drexel University features representatives from more than 100 public, charter, private, and archdiocesan high schools from around the region, offering information to prospective students.
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October 19, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE PHILADELPHIA Federation of Teachers filed several legal motions Thursday in response to the School Reform Commission's decision last week to cancel its contract. After that Oct. 6 announcement, the district and its co-plaintiff, the Department of Education, sought to affirm the SRC's right to cancel the contract by filing a request for declaratory judgment in Commonwealth Court. But the PFT, through its lawyers with the Center City law firm of Willig, Williams & Davidson, have asked the court to change the venue from Commonwealth Court to Common Pleas Court, where they contend the case rightfully belongs.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has come under fire for yelling at student protesters who disrupted a parent movie night held Wednesday at school district headquarters. Ruby Anderson, a senior at Science Leadership Academy, and two other people in attendance said Commissioner Sylvia Simms asked students what schools they attend and then told them: "You all probably go to failing schools. " "I thought it was pretty inappropriate for a public official to yell at people she's supposed to be representing," said Anderson, who was among about 20 students staging the sit-in.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Mandatory reporting of sexual-assault cases to authorities could lead college students to not seek help out of fear of embarrassment or retribution and a sense of being revictimized, victim advocates, activists, and academic experts testified Thursday. "Mandated reporting to law enforcement, other than a demographic statistic . . . will drive our victims underground," said Donna Barry, director of the university health center at Montclair State University, during a legislative hearing on campus sexual violence.
NEWS
October 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
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