June 8, 2015 |
Now that the May election is over, City Council members have stopped campaigning and gotten serious about filling the hole in the School District's budget, right? Actually, no, they haven't. Compared with the need, the paltry $70 million that Council would generate by tepidly hiking three taxes is a joke. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. has made it very clear that the schools need at least $85 million just to maintain the terrible status quo, which means a continuation of crowded classrooms with too few counselors, librarians, and nurses.
January 15, 1987 |
Students at a local college will hear television journalist Ed Bradley speak, and pupils in Northeast Philadelphia public schools will attend assemblies, write essays and listen to speeches. All these activities will honor the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the schools observe Dr. King's birthday. Schools throughout the Northeast have been urged to plan special activities for the national and state holiday, which will be observed Monday, said Albert Glassman, superintendent of District 8 of the Philadelphia school system, which includes most of the Northeast.
June 15, 1994 |
The items may vary, but the list is still long. Much of the politicking surrounding David Hornbeck's appointment as the new superintendent of schools was defined in terms of black and white, but advocates for the city's Latino and Asian communities say they, too, have a laundry list of priorities they want the superintendent to address. Issues vary from more bilingual education to greater diversity in school staffs. Many say, however, it's still too early to tell what these underserved groups will get out of Hornbeck's administration.
May 9, 2006 |
Graduation and the last day of classes may have to be pushed back in Montgomery County's Methacton School District because of vandalism to the district's bus fleet that forced officials to close schools yesterday. To meet state-required days and hours of instruction, "it remains possible we will have to extend the school year for our seniors and the rest of the student body," said Angela M. Linch, coordinator of communications for the district. Graduation currently is scheduled for June 15; the last day of classes for grades K-11 is supposed to be June 16. "A great, great many" of the district's 110 buses were found with flat tires yesterday morning, said Linch.
June 5, 2012 |
SCREAMING and yelling is not unknown at School Reform Commission meetings, but last week's meeting was loud by any standard. The SRC met and approved a bare-bones budget that few are happy with, and parents and activists weren't shy about saying how little they thought of a budget that leaves many schools without nurses, police officers and office supplies; could lead to mass layoffs; and counts on more than $200 million in borrowing, even though officials...
April 10, 1997 |
Philadelphia School District officials have canceled outdoor activities at 11 schools on Monday because of concern about the march through Grays Ferry. But some students fear that the move will not be enough to keep them safe. "The school needs to close the whole day Monday because if tensions fly up during the rally, the kids will still have to walk home regardless," said Shamayara Woodson, Audenried High School's junior class president. Audenried is along the march route.
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.