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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.
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
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
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
November 6, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella and Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writers
James Crisfield knew that Wissahickon High School scored very well on the latest School Performance Profile, but on Wednesday, the superintendent was surprised to learn that the school was No. 1 in Pennsylvania. While Crisfield called it "a nice honor," he said the 101.8 SPP score, weighted heavily by standardized tests, isn't necessarily the best indicator of student achievement. Lynne Blair, principal at the Montgomery County school, was more enthusiastic. "It is very exciting!"
NEWS
September 8, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Mayor Nutter, himself a product of a parochial education, was on hand today to greet youngsters at a Catholic school in North Philadelphia as the 2010-11 academic year began for the 72,000 students attending schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It also was the first day of school for Catholic schools in South Jersey. Nutter, a graduate of Transfiguration of Our Lord Catholic Elementary School in West Philadelphia and St. Joseph's Prep, greeted students at Incarnation of Our Lord Elementary School, 425 W. Lindley Ave., in Olney.
NEWS
March 3, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Students, parents, teachers and administrators are pleading their cases before the School Reform Commission as the committee holds its final hearings on the proposed closing of nine schools. Advocates for the schools were given an hour to speak before the commission at the day-long session that is scheduled to continue today through 7 p.m. The Philadelphia School District has recommended the closings and a grade realignment at 17 other schools to cope with declining enrollment, aging facilities and a dire financial situation.
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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NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
WHAT HAD BEEN expected to be a raucous School Reform Commission meeting Thursday turned out to be rather mild since SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff announced early in the meeting that the panel would not vote immediately to either renew or reject charters for four area schools. Last spring, the district's charter school office had recommended the SRC not renew the operating charters of Universal's Vare Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter and its Audenried Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter, both in South Philadelphia, or those of Aspira's John B. Stetson Charter School in Kensington and Olney Charter High School in Olney because of low test scores and concerns about their operations and finances.
NEWS
September 16, 2016
Colin KaepernickĀ is on his way to becoming the 2016 version of Rosa Parks. That's the analysis of NAACP president Cornell William Brooks. Brooks told USA Today, "It's a lofty name, but it's not a stretch. " Well, my judgment is in, and Kaepernick is no Rosa Parks. Parks did not take a knee aboard a bus after earning millions of dollars to wear a visor and carry a clipboard. She faced down a brutal racist system that used lynching, beatings, dogs and jailing to stop African Americans from being treated like human beings and full citizens.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - A state effort to target funding to lagging school districts did not reduce student achievement and per-student spending disparities, a recent study says. Under the plan, which is no longer in effect, the state sent additional money to school districts that were spending less than what a formula determined was adequate for a district with its number of students and level of poverty, among other factors. The planned six-year program ended after three years. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgia State University concluded in a National Tax Journal study published earlier this month that the payments Pennsylvania sent to these districts did not reduce the gaps in spending or student achievement that separate wealthy and poorer districts.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The family of a Collingswood third grader who was questioned by police at his school for making a remark a fellow student felt was racist has given notice of legal action against the district and other local authorities involved. The incident caused a public outcry after it was revealed that borough schools reported nearly every incident of student misbehavior to law enforcement. The policy has since been reversed. "We have a little boy who is wondering to himself: 'Why did this happen to me?
NEWS
September 15, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
IN THE MIDST of the growing Colin Kaepernick-inspired protests against racism in America, the Camden Diocese has threatened to suspend student-athletes who sit or kneel during the playing of the national anthem at its sporting events. When I learned of this, I was livid, because the Camden Diocese, under the guise of being a private institution, is stepping on the constitutional rights of primarily black students who might decide to engage in such an action. And make no mistake: Peaceful protest is protected under the First Amendment, which says, in part, "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
SPORTS
September 15, 2016 | By Aaron Carter, STAFF WRITER
Bartram football coach Jim Chapman has a father who served in the military. West Philadelphia coach Frank Steed served 28 years with the Philadelphia Police Department. Mastery North coach John Davidson has family and friends who have served in the armed forces and as police officers. After players and coaches from Woodrow Wilson - a public school in Camden - took a knee during the national anthem before a game last weekend, coaches in Southeast Pennsylvania talked about he issue.
NEWS
September 15, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITER
Lower Merion Township residents clashed at the first school board meeting since a Montgomery County judge ruled the district had unnecessarily raised taxes by claiming it was short on funds, when it actually had tens of millions of dollars in reserve. Of approximately 200 people who showed up Monday night, many of the two dozen who addressed the board criticized it for overtaxing the community and not being transparent about its budget process. Others praised the members for doing whatever it took - including per-pupil spending among the highest in the state - to provide a top-notch education for Lower Merion children.
NEWS
September 14, 2016
The Philadelphia Education Fund has received a $3 million federal grant to help prepare students at five city high schools for college. The money awarded to the fund's College Access Program will be used over the five years to create college-going cultures at the schools and to help 1,200 students apply for college, obtain financial aid and attend college after they complete high school. The five high schools that will share in the grant are Kensington CAPA, Olney Charter, John Bartram, Robeson and Roxborough.
NEWS
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | INTOLERANCE Hardly Jesus-like I go to Mass every week with my wife and my daughters, even though I am not Catholic. I love the lessons from the Gospels. There is usually only logic and love. The politics of today, however, is another matter, far removed from the Gospels. I smirked when I read Camden Catholic High School principal Heather Crisci's comment that refusing admission to a transgender student was "about the school's Catholic identity" ("A leap of faith: 'Hi, I'm Mason,' " Sunday)
NEWS
September 14, 2016
ISSUE | SOCIAL PROTEST A disrespectful display I was saddened to read about the Woodrow Wilson High School football team's protest before its game in East Camden, led by the head coach ("Wilson team takes a knee for anthem," Sunday). I served in the military, as did several members of my family. My father served 25 years. I used to attend all of Wilson's games and supported the team, win or lose. I understand and support the coaches' and players' rights to express their beliefs.
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