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July 24, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you have an idea for overhauling a city public school, the Philadelphia School District is listening. Officials on Tuesday announced the "School Redesign Initiative," inviting teachers, principals, universities, and community organizations to propose turnarounds of their own design. That's a shift for a system that has relied heavily on charter conversions to reform struggling schools. Schools slated for redesign would remain part of the district and would continue to employ union-represented teachers.
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
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
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
February 28, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
THIRTY-ONE days just became seven. If City Council doesn't move on certifying $50 million in proceeds from the sales tax to the School District by next Friday, Superintendent William Hite says he will be unable to open the schools on Sept. 9. So the daily countdown of time remaining in the standoff between the schools and the state and city lawmakers who have fallen short of finding the money the schools need to open has just been shortened. More to the point, Hite has finally introduced the nuclear option.
SPORTS
January 15, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
With three of the league's football-playing schools set to close in June, Catholic League athletic directors on Thursday approved a proposal by football coaches to divide the league into two divisions. As it previously did, the five-team Red Division (Class AAAA) will include Archbishop Ryan, Father Judge, La Salle, Roman Catholic, and St. Joseph's Prep. The six-team Blue Division, a mix of Class AAA and AA schools, will consist of Archbishop Carroll (Class AA), Archbishop Wood (AAA)
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NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christine Donnelly used to knock on students' doors when they stopped showing up at school. The counselor at Academy at Palumbo, a South Philadelphia magnet school, sat with seniors to make sure they were choosing colleges that were a good fit. She helped them puzzle through financial-aid forms. Philadelphia School District budget cuts made those things often impossible this last school year. And, for the first time in recent memory, 10 Palumbo students failed to graduate, Donnelly said.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It's difficult to think of a particular Bucks County borough without remembering Big Marty's. Classic 1980s TV commercials exhorted, "Big Marty really does sell better carpet cheaper - Route 1 in Penndel, Pa. " And, indeed, Big Marty's is still at Business Route 1 and Bellevue Avenue 41 years after Martin Schienholtz, now deceased, moved it there from Levittown in 1973. "I remember it when it was the Acme," says Sue Anderson, who has lived all but nine years of her life on Cynthia Avenue in Penndel, moving to the then-3 1/2-year-old neighborhood with her parents from Oakford in Lower Southampton in 1959.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
STUDENTS HAVE BEEN removed from a Fishtown school amid concerns over asbestos removal, a district spokesman confirmed yesterday. Students attending summer classes were told Wednesday not to report to Penn Treaty School, on Thompson Street near Berks, spokesman Fernando Gallard said. At least 40 students were moved to the nearby Adaire School, at Palmer and Thompson streets, where they will continue to take classes, sources said. Gallard said the action was taken in response to allegations by Jerry Roseman, an expert in occupational health and safety for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' Health & Welfare Fund.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
HERE'S ONE of the many things Tattle has learned over the years writing about celebrities (and just observing life): When people don't like you, they magnify your flaws, and when they like you, they overlook your flaws. This leads us to the Gary, Ind., Community School Board's plan to name a school after . . . Michael Jackson . On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with MJ's mother, Katherine Jackson , that says the district hopes the move will "inspire children to excel in the arts and education.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year, Jim Capolupo was thrilled simply to be one of five finalists competing for the title of national superintendent of the year. For the lifelong Eagles fan, it was like playing in the Super Bowl - even though he didn't get to experience the thrill of victory. This year, however, the Springfield School District, Delaware County, chief was back in the game and took home his profession's equivalent of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. "I thought it was, you get one shot," said Capolupo, 61, who was named the nation's top superintendent by the 500-member National Association of School Superintendents last week.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you have an idea for overhauling a city public school, the Philadelphia School District is listening. Officials on Tuesday announced the "School Redesign Initiative," inviting teachers, principals, universities, and community organizations to propose turnarounds of their own design. That's a shift for a system that has relied heavily on charter conversions to reform struggling schools. Schools slated for redesign would remain part of the district and would continue to employ union-represented teachers.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
EDUCATORS, PARENTS, community groups and universities that have bold ideas to improve a Philadelphia public school now have a vehicle to pitch their plans. The school district yesterday announced the start of the School Redesign Initiative, its latest effort to allow stakeholders to identify, develop and implement their innovative plans at existing schools. The district said the goal is to increase the number of high-quality schools, but many question the rationale behind the plan at a time when schools lack basic resources, such as counselors, full-time nurses and librarians, and the district faces an estimated $93 million deficit, which could require hundreds of layoffs.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
THIS IS NOT a plea for more school funding. Not even as Philly kids, teachers and parents await word on whether schools are shuttered in September for lack of funding. This is a reminder that the money's already there. It's a reminder of how Pennsylvania's vast, expensive public-education system hoards tax dollars in multiple and movable accounts. It's about how public officials at every level who don't want to seem "anti-education" allow the hoarding - unquestioned, unchallenged.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE PHILADELPHIA School District is dealing with more personnel changes, including the departure of the director of strategic partnerships after just one year. Stacy Holland will leave the district Aug. 31 to become executive director of the Lenfest Foundation, according to an internal memo last Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by the Daily News . Holland was hired in September to head the new office. She had been the co-founder and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network.
SPORTS
July 22, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release. Hosted by SFBN executive producer and CEO Ari Bluestein, "SFBN Talks High School Sports" will discuss the top teams in Philadelphia, the surrounding suburbs and South Jersey, and will premiere Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. Bluestein will be joined by various co-hosts and guests throughout the 2014-2015 school year, including top local coaches and high school sports writers.
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