January 12, 2015 |
Florence Cohen, 97, a lifelong civil rights and community activist and wife of the late City Councilman David Cohen, died Saturday, Jan. 10, at her assisted-living residence in Cherry Hill, family members said. Dedicating her life to social justice issues, Mrs. Cohen served as a union organizer, taught social studies, advocated for school integration, and helped women in prison. She may have been best known as the tireless chief of staff for her husband from 1980 to 1996, when he was on City Council.
April 25, 2014 |
* BLACK BOX. 10 tonight, 6ABC. * BAD TEACHER. 9:30 tonight, CBS3. WHO'S funnier: a brilliant, bipolar doctor who's occasionally off her meds or a hard-drinking, pot-smoking middle-school teacher with no qualifications whatsoever? CBS hopes you'll pick "Bad Teacher," its new sitcom starring Ari Graynor as gold-digging divorcee Meredith Davis, who in tonight's premiere flirts her way into a job teaching social studies. But ABC might unintentionally have hit the funny jackpot with "Black Box," its new medical drama starring Kelly Reilly ("Heaven Is for Real")
September 3, 2013 |
Jacqueline is a friendly, bright, and energetic 16-year-old who dreams of becoming a model or singer. For now, she keeps busy with a variety of activities, including playing the piano, listening to music, watching movies, reading, writing, swimming, and spending time with friends. She has also participated in an acting class and a choir. Enrolled in 11th grade, Jacqueline enjoys school, where she receives special education services and is able to work at her own pace. She earns good grades, especially in social studies, science, world languages, and physical education.
August 6, 2013 |
William J. Esher Jr., 85, of Haddon Township, a former teacher, sports coach, and alumni association president at South Philadelphia High School, died of respiratory failure on Monday, July 29, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. Mr. Esher lived near Ninth and Bigler Streets in South Philadelphia before moving to Haddon Township in 1960. In the late 1950s, he founded the Wildwood Basketball Clinic in Wildwood Crest and directed it into the 1980s, son William J. III said.
July 10, 2013 |
Last month a special commission wrapped up the first national assessment of the liberal arts since 1980. It called a vibrant culture of liberal arts education "instrumental to understanding the past and the future," and recommended increased government funding for the humanities and social sciences. The report to Congress couldn't come at a better time. Each year more students abandon the study of history, philosophy, English, and languages in favor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, fields that they believe - rightly or wrongly - will offer them lucrative business, technology, and engineering jobs.
June 16, 2013 |
Over the last decade, Susan Hagen has been coaxing contemporary art from one of the world's oldest art practices - carving small, wood sculptures of living people of all ages, from almost every walk of life. Expressively modeled, painted with oil or bleached or charred, Hagen's small linden wood figures have a poignancy that emanates from the size and familiar postures and ordinariness of her subjects. The individuality of each of Hagen's sitters has not always been obvious in her gallery exhibitions, however, mainly because they've been shown together as types.
April 9, 2013 |
Lisa describes herself as smart, awesome, respectful, and a one-of-a-kind teen. This social, friendly 16-year-old is easy to talk to and values her friendships highly. Lisa enjoys being a teenager and loves to spend time with her fri'ends at the mall, texting, going to movies, and attending church. She also likes to sing and cook and has a talent for very detailed and organized writing. Lisa strives to do her very best in school and her grades are usually A's and B's. Social studies, choir, and English are her favorite subjects.
February 28, 2013 |
A Princeton-based research firm's analysis of the KIPP national network of charter schools found KIPP middle-school students made substantial gains in core subjects over a three-year span. Mathematica Policy Research was scheduled to release a report Wednesday based on what it called its "most rigorous large-scale evaluation of KIPP charter schools. " KIPP, which has four charters in Philadelphia, contracted with the nonpartisan research firm to perform several long-term studies.
December 22, 2011
JAMESTOWN, PA. - A northwestern Pennsylvania social-studies teacher is behind bars charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to two students. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Kevin Anthony Defrancesco, 28, was arraigned on corruption-of-minors charges for messages he allegedly sent to two female students, 13 and 14, beginning in October. Investigators say Defrancesco asked one of the girls to send him pictures of herself and traded pictures with the other.
October 4, 2011 |
A new study by a prominent antidiscrimination group gives 35 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, failing grades when it comes to teaching students about the civil rights movement. Officials of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which released the study, also found that Pennsylvania was among 16 states that did not require that the history of the movement be taught in public school. "An educated populace must be taught basics about American history," civil rights activist and former center president Julian Bond wrote in the report's foreword.