March 24, 1996
Earlier this year, we asked the region's students to tell us what was right with their schools, what was wrong and how they thought what was wrong could be put right. More than 2,300 responded. The underlying message of their essays - whether about teaching, discipline, or the food in the cafeteria - was this: We are not fooled. The students made clear that they know when a burned-out teacher is mailing it in. They can tell when adults who preach values don't uphold them because it's inconvenient.
June 18, 2004
Students complain about having no math teacher and playing basketball instead, of having rafts of substitutes and uncertified teachers all year. I have no doubt that these stories are true since I've taught for 35 years in Philadelphia, but the reason these stories are true go much deeper. True, teachers with more seniority tend to transfer from the schools mentioned in Dale Mezzacappa's May 27 article, "Students voice ire over lack of certified teachers. " The real reason they seek to leave is because of the chaos in those schools, not students' incomes or ethnic backgrounds.
June 12, 1996 |
Five schools have been burglarized in recent days, with thieves striking day-care centers, high schools, and an elementary school, Camden police reported. Rooms were ransacked and vending machines broken into. The burglaries began at the Office of Equal Opportunities Child Development Center at 1475 S. 8th St. early Saturday. Despite setting off an alarm, thieves were able to steal more than $1,300 worth of property, including eating utensils, calculators and two portable stereos.
August 23, 2001
AFTER READING your story (Aug. 8) on the Philadelphia School District's problems with disruptive students, let me tell you about a program I run in New Hampshire. I am supervisor of the Out of School Suspension Alternative for grades 6, 7 and 8. In addition to eliminating the "day off with a remote" benefit of suspension, this pilot program assists with academics, incorporates community service and tries to bring each student to some level of accountability and responsibility.
January 25, 1990 |
Athletic directors from nine football independents met via conference call yesterday to continue discussions regarding formation of an all-sports conference. Temple, Miami, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and West Virginia remain interested in the Eastern seaboard concept, said Charles Theokas, Temple's athletic director. The teleconference was the fourth session of formal talks regarding alignment over the past two years. "We talked about potential opportunities, and we'll continue to keep talking about the Eastern seaboard all-sports thing," Theokas said.
November 14, 1991 |
A new athletic conference will be up and running in the area next year. Right now, it has everything but a name. Ten schools - including Beaver, Cabrini, Eastern, Immaculata, Gwynedd Mercy and Rosemont from the Philadelphia suburbs - have agreed in principle to begin conference play next fall in 11 sports. The marquee sport will be men's basketball, although only six schools will field teams next year, said John Dzik, Cabrini's basketball coach and athletic director. He has been the prime architect of the conference, which he hopes to have fully affiliated with the NCAA as a Division III league by 1995-96.
February 10, 2000 |
Ask not what your Street can do for you, but what you can do for your street. It may not have been the answer that the hundreds of West Philadelphia residents who packed the Lea Elementary School auditorium last night were looking for. But Mayor Street, addressing the standing room only crowd, deftly handled angry complaints about schools, blight and crime with a good, solid dose of "citizen, heal thyself!" "There is nothing we can do to improve the quality of life in any neighborhood in this city if we don't have the cooperation of people in this room," he said, his voice part preachy homily, part pre-game pep talk.
December 21, 1986 |
Delighted parents at Parkview Elementary School in Westville, Gloucester County, witnessed "Shaping Up Santa," the school's holiday tribute, the other night. The band played. The chorus sang. There were old standards, "Rudolph" and "Season's Greetings" among them. The band also performed "O Come All Ye Faithful. " The chorus intoned "Silent Night. " Nobody seemed to mind. But in Cherry Hill, at the A. Russell Knight Elementary School, there was no holiday show. The season has been marked in the school's auditorium by a Christmas tree and a large banner showing a Hanukah candelabra.
September 21, 1989 |
Democratic leaders, trying to get a jump on President Bush's education summit next week, yesterday unveiled their party's goals for the nation's schools, which included lowering the dropout rate and increasing preschool enrollment. The Democrats chose National Education Day and a high school library here for a news conference to list six national goals in what Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell of Maine termed the first such attempt in the nation's history. Among the Democratic goals: To increase annually the number of preschoolers until all children in need of such programs are served by 1995.
August 7, 2014
SO NOW Philly schoolkids, parents, teachers, et al get to watch a game of political chicken - played out on a merry-go-round. To catch you up, our "full-time" Legislature refused this week to interrupt its two-month-plus summer vacation to authorize a $2-per-pack cigarette tax for schools. Without the tax, Mayor Nutter and district Superintendent William Hite say schools can't open. The Republican House blames the Republican Senate: Oh, we passed the tax and they put other stuff in the bill.