May 13, 2013 |
Gerald Hodges' football career has been about adapting, persevering, and producing. And now it will be about adjusting - to the NFL. The Penn State linebacker and former all-South Jersey performer from Paulsboro was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round, the 120th player chosen. "It's a blessing when my name was called, and now I get a chance to put a franchise on my helmet," Hodges said by phone. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder began his college career as a safety but moved to linebacker.
May 12, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Another member of Gov. Corbett's cabinet is on his way out. Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is looking for another job and does not intend to stay past summer as Corbett's education czar, two senior administration officials have told The Inquirer on condition of anonymity. An official timetable has yet to be set for his exit, but the sources said Tomalis would likely stay in his $149,804 job until after the July 1 deadline for getting a state budget passed and signed into law. He would become the fifth cabinet member to leave since Corbett took office in January 2011.
May 7, 2012 |
SCHOOLS Council to grill school chiefs School-district officials will be on the hot seat in City Council on Tuesday, when they appear before the city's legislators to explain their budget and why they need an additional $94 million in property-tax revenue. Council has raised questions about Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax- reassessment plan, which would generate the extra money for the schools. With Council members wanting more information on how the schools will spend the dollars, this hearing — which starts at 10 a.m. in Council chambers in City Hall — could go long.
April 19, 2013 |
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT of Philadelphia is getting into the cyber-school business this fall in an attempt to win back city students who attend cyber-charter schools, which cost the district more per pupil. The Philadelphia Virtual Academy, for kids in grades six through 12, would offer some real-life perks, such as a drop-in center where students can meet up with fellow students as well as a support team for each pupil. Every team includes a teacher and technical specialist. "We want to begin competing for students," schools Superintendent William Hite said in a news briefing.
April 30, 2013 |
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")
May 13, 2013 |
Marie C. McMaster, 79, a kindergarten teacher at the Clymer School for 15 years and the mother of Army Gen. Herbert R. McMaster Jr., died Friday, May 10, at the LifeCare center in West Chester of complications from a blood infection. As an educator, Mrs. McMaster had a positive influence on many Philadelphians, said her son, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Often, when people at the airport or elsewhere saw my name, they would ask me if my mom taught kindergarten at Clymer School.
February 21, 2013 |
TONYA SEARS SAID she felt "excitement" and "sheer pleasure" when she learned Tuesday of the district's reprieve for her beloved alma mater, Strawberry Mansion High School, from a controversial school-closure plan. But the fight for public schools isn't over, she said. "I do like to think of this as the beginning. It was saved from closure, but what about next year?" said Sears, who graduated in 1985. "It's my prayer that all the community, the principal, the alumni and families continue to work together to improve the school.
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.
April 26, 2013 |
An 18-year-old woman has been charged with simple assault after an "altercation" last week with Mayor Nutter's daughter, Olivia. Ciarra Ryan surrendered to Northwest Detectives on Monday, police said. The incident followed a track meet at a stadium on East Sedgwick Street in East Mount Airy on April 18, police said. According to court records, Ryan was accused of punching Olivia Nutter in the head and face and pulling her hair. Few details were available Wednesday about what led to the incident - police said there had been "a verbal altercation.