April 1, 2016 |
When John Casavecchia and Dr. Russell Harris bought the historic Oaks Cloister in Germantown in 2002, Dr. Harris said, "it had been abandoned for over 10 years. " The house, off Wissahickon Avenue near Lincoln Drive, was designed and built by Joseph M. Huston (1866-1940), the architect of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Harris said. As Mr. Casavecchia and Harris, his life partner, restored the property, it earned several awards, including one from what is now the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia in 2007.
February 11, 2016 |
$33.3B Total spending proposed for the 2016-17 fiscal year. $2.7B Amount that would be generated by new or increased taxes. $217M Revenue that would be generated from a tax on natural gas drilling. $200M New funding for public schools. $60M New spending sought for early childhood education. $50M Funding increase proposed for special education. $10.15 Proposal for Pennsylvania minimum wage. Note: Figures based on passage of current budget proposal.
August 24, 2015 |
When it comes to the way charter schools are paid for teaching children in special-education classes, critics say Pennsylvania has been flunking basic math for years - and unfairly subtracting hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers' wallets. Last week, the Wolf administration took the first step in a case observers say could bring the issue to a head - a bid to block $24.7 million in charter payouts in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District. Public school advocates say large charter school payouts are the result of faulty calculations that lawmakers and state officials have had a hard time erasing.
July 7, 2015 |
LAVERNE CASE didn't want to hear that children with special needs couldn't make it in society. As a special-education teacher in Philadelphia for more than 35 years, LaVerne saw it as her role in life to help those children go on to normal, productive lives. "She didn't believe that those children couldn't lead regular lives," said her nephew, Jeff Hill. "She had a special way with those children. " LaVerne Pauline Case, a woman noted for doing things her way; funny, compassionate, a devoted churchwoman who lent her voice to the choirs and composed songs for her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha; and a devoted aunt, died of heart failure on June 25. She was 77 and lived at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley in Germantown.
June 18, 2015 |
IT WAS all about the kids. Bruce Burgess was dedicated to educating students with special needs. He spent much of his career with the Philadelphia School District as an administrator in charge of the special-education programs in dozens of schools, from kindergarten to high school. But his first love was teaching. "He was an outstanding teacher," said former colleague Anne Barnosky, a retired teacher and administrator. "He always wanted to make sure the kids got what they needed.
September 13, 2014 |
W. David Wood, 83, of Gloucester City, a former teacher and administrator at schools for disabled children in South Jersey, died of a brain tumor Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Wissahickon Hospice in Bala Cynwyd. Born in Ilford, on the northeast outskirts of London, Mr. Wood immigrated to the United States in his early 20s and became a citizen in the year he turned 50. He earned a bachelor's at Antioch College and in 1983 earned a master's in education at what is now Rowan University. "He was always interested in special education, education for the disabled," son Derek said.
August 6, 2014 |
A teacher at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy has won a national teaching award. Dayna Perry was one of 10 teachers nationwide whom the KIPP Foundation honored for excellence in teaching Friday night in Houston during the annual conference of the national charter school network. Winners were selected based on their track records in improving student performance, commitment to helping students succeed, and leadership in the classroom and their schools. Each will receive $10,000.
June 24, 2014 |
Nine-year-old Israel's range of interests is nearly as wide as his smile. He loves cars, trucks, and for that matter, any moving machinery. His favorite pastimes include playing with Legos, watching action movies and cartoons on TV, wrestling, playing football, singing, listening to jokes and telling them (he has a very good memory). Cheerful and articulate, he is enrolled in special education at school, and benefits from the small class size and individual attention. As a result, he is steadily making academic strides.
June 6, 2014 |
Update: Stephanie Amato was released early Thursday after posting 10 percent of bail set at $125,000, according to court records. A special-education teacher in Mayfair has been accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her students, a 14-year-old boy. Stephanie Amato, a teacher at Ethan Allen Elementary, surrendered to authorities in the Special Victims Unit on Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said. After a months-long investigation, Amato, 30, was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, interference with custody of children, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, indecent assault and indecent exposure.
December 20, 2013 |
Andrew D. Blake, 62, of Moorestown, a special-education teacher for 25 years, died of gastric cancer Monday, Dec. 16, at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly. Born in Teaneck, N.J., Mr. Blake studied special education at what is now Rowan University and soon after graduating started his first job, as a special-education teacher at Twin Hills Elementary School in Willingboro. He stayed in it for all 25 years of his career. "He loved it there - loved the teachers, he loved all the principals he worked for, and got along great with the aides, the parents; and he had generations of kids," said his wife, Norma, who for a decade was state librarian of New Jersey.