June 25, 2010
Although each of the small schools that opened in 2006 reported high graduation and college-acceptance rates, a poor showing by students at the High School of the Future on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment [PSSA] tests in 2008-2009 is cause for Superintendent Arlene Ackerman to say that there would be major changes there next year. Ackerman said that she's not talking about changing the school's leadership - the school had four principals by the time the Class of 2010 began its junior year - but that the district needs to "give lots of attention to the School of the Future moving forward.
March 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's system of education funding is broken, and the courts must force lawmakers to make it right, attorneys for school districts, parents, and organizations that have sued the commonwealth told a panel of judges here Wednesday. The suit - brought by school systems, including the William Penn district in Delaware County, and parents, including two from the Philadelphia School District - argues that Pennsylvania's education funding system is "irrational and inequitable.
May 22, 2015 |
A LAWSUIT ACCUSING the state of failing to adequately and equitably fund education is headed to the state Supreme Court. The plaintiffs, which include six school districts and two statewide organizations, filed an appeal yesterday challenging a Commonwealth Court decision last month to dismiss the suit, claiming that school funding is a function of the Legislature, and therefore not a matter for the courts. "Our Supreme Court bears the responsibility for ensuring that our most precious constitutional rights are protected.
March 10, 2014 |
First off, it's difficult to think of the South Jersey Group 1 boys' basketball finalists as small schools when one center is 6-foot-10 and an opposing big man is 6-9. What makes Monday's final between visiting Pitman and Schalick so interesting is that it dispels the myth that small-enrollment schools play on a lower level. While nobody is saying these teams would win the larger-enrollment groups, those who follow South Jersey basketball would insist it wouldn't be out of the question, either.
May 29, 2015
PHILADELPHIANS ARE passionate about fighting for quality public education. We have marched in the streets countless times. We deserve high quality public neighborhood schools and a school district that listens to us as students, parents and community leaders - and we are willing to fight for it. Unfortunately, the school district has shown again that it is unwilling to take our voices into account and is pushing through a school-closure plan in Kensington....
February 5, 1999 |
Two football leagues are better than one. That is what Catholic League principals decided yesterday when they voted to split the league into two divisions, composed of big schools and small schools, next season. By a 15-2 vote, the principals accepted a recommendation by athletic directors to divide the league based on male enrollment. A champion will be crowned in each division. The composition of the two divisions won't change for two years, at which time teams could switch, based on enrollment.
September 6, 2011 |
Formally opening the year for 151,000 Philadelphia public school students, dignitaries gathered Tuesday at the brand-new West Philadelphia High School to urge the students to take advantage of the opportunities in front of them. Inside the $66 million school's cavernous auditorium, a DJ and a circus performer warmed up the crowd of students in blue blazers. Then the dignitaries took over. "We're about getting an education!" shouted State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.).
January 21, 2005 |
Imagine working at a company that has more than 1,000 employees, and where you have had eight bosses in the last six years. Imagine that many of those who direct your work are inexperienced and lack training, and may not even know your name. And imagine fearing for your safety inside your antiquated office building and during the commute. Now you have a sense of what many young people endure each day in Philadelphia's comprehensive public high schools. In such environments, it is no wonder that more than 20 percent of the students are absent each day or that fewer than half of all ninth graders stay four years through graduation.
April 27, 2006 |
The West Catholic girls' track team is one of the biggest uncertainties heading into the 112th running of the Penn Relays. Are the Burrs capable of advancing to a fourth consecutive high school girls' Championship of America 4x400 appearance? Can they sweep the small schools and Tri-State 4x100 titles for a third straight season? "I think we will be OK," said Burrs coach Lenny Jordan. "We are not going to back down from anybody. " Jordan's squad will get a better idea of where it stands after today's action.