February 1, 2016 |
Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr. describes the decision to become part of Thomas Jefferson University as proactive, not defensive. The merger "makes us stronger. Neither of us needed to merge," Spinelli said this month at an East Falls community meeting. But Spinelli did not gloss over the underlying economic forces confounding some colleges and contributing to his board's decision to let the 132-year-old school be taken over by Jefferson. Asked by an East Falls resident about the merger's impact on staff and faculty jobs, Spinelli said: "They are probably more assured of a position with this than they would be without it. " As his comments suggest, the future could be bleak for some small schools, as the number of high school graduates stagnates and resistance to borrowing for ever-higher tuition bills grows.
September 25, 2008 |
Several sources confirmed last night that there will be a proposal offered to the Central League principals within the week breaking up the Central League football schedule, but no formal split into two separate divisions based on enrollment will take place next season. The proposal calls for the six small schools to play against the other small schools in the league (Penncrest, Springfield, Marple Newtown, Harriton, Radnor, Strath Haven) five times, with the small schools rotating against four of the large schools (Ridley, Lower Merion, Conestoga, Haverford, Upper Darby, Garnet Valley)
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.
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.
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 30, 2016 |
The giant screen that sits high atop the field at the Penn Relays is there for a reason. On Thursday evening, Haddonfield Memorial junior Briana Gess used it to sneak a peek at Weini Kelati, the Heritage (Leesburg, Va.) junior who flirted with the Relays Record (9 minutes, 15.3 seconds) during the girls' 3,000 meters. Kelati finished in 9:19.91. "She's just incredible," Gess said. "I was watching her on the screen when I was running. " Gess, competing by herself for the first time at the Relays, finished 12th overall (9:50.95)
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.
October 9, 1998 |
Last week, they ran with the entire state. This week, it gets a little more personal. In a bit of a sectional preview, cross-country runners will gather for the South Jersey Open tomorrow at Kingsway. The first of six varsity races will start at 2:50 p.m. There are a few key differences between the South Jersey Open and the sectionals. First, this week's meet is divided into three groups. Sectionals are raced in four groups. Second, some of the top teams and top runners will take this weekend off or go elsewhere.
February 5, 1999 |
You are permitted to exhale. Realignment based on enrollment for Catholic League football is totally, completely, firmly in place. Yesterday, by a large majority, the league's principals voted to accept a plan that had been formulated last month and approved by the athletic directors. Joanne Walls, president of the principals' group, said the vote was 15-2. Realignment will begin with the 1999 season and will result in the crowning of two champions. There will be no playoff mixing between large and small schools.