April 11, 2014 |
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?"
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 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 12, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2014 |
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.
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