March 30, 2012 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to close eight public schools - but spared two high-performing schools whose communities have rallied for months to save them. Closing are Harrison, Drew and Levering elementary schools; Pepper and Sheridan West middle schools; and FitzSimons and Rhodes high schools and the High School for Business and Technology. E.M. Stanton and Issac A. Sheppard schools will stay open. "Thank you for listening, for having a genuine process, an engaged process," Stanton parent Temwa Wright gushed after the SRC removed Sheppard and Stanton from the closing list.
October 30, 2006 |
An elementary school in the heart of North Philadelphia has grabbed the national spotlight for dramatically improving its test scores. The initial jumps were so large the Philadelphia school district verified them by having some students retake the tests. Over four years, the number of fifth graders scoring at the highest level - advanced - soared from 1.2 percent in math and reading to 42.1 percent in math and 29.8 percent in reading. How did M. Hall Stanton Elementary School do it?
January 14, 2003 |
About 100 parents, teachers, community mentors and others last night packed E.M. Stanton Elementary in South Philadelphia, to fight for the 75-year-old school's survival. With its new principal and private manager this year, Stanton should be given at least five years to raise test scores and drive up enrollment, parents and educators said. "The school board just decided to take us off the stove, turn the fire off, throw the stew out, just when we're starting to smell good.
August 9, 2012 |
Henry Scott's first day of school will be a big deal. And not just because the 6-year-old is planning on "learning new things, like math and how to read," in first grade. Henry's first day matters because his parents could have sent him to private school. They could have moved to the suburbs. They could even have sent him to the highly regarded Independence Charter School in Center City, where he had a spot waiting. But Jill and Mark Scott chose E.M. Stanton at 17th and Christian Streets, their neighborhood public school, for Henry.
April 1, 2012 |
The sun was shining, and that seemed fitting for a parade - 280 children marching down Howard Street and over Lehigh Avenue in West Kensington, waving signs and shouting with joy because their school had been saved. "We did a lot of work, and we are a good school," 8-year-old Frangel Rodriguez said. "We all said, 'Leave Sheppard open!' " The School Reform Commission listened, keeping high-achieving Isaac A. Sheppard and E.M. Stanton but shutting eight other schools. SRC members said that although they can't afford to keep all the buildings they have, they realize they must find ways to support, keep, and replicate strong schools.
March 23, 1989 |
In an effort to preserve some open space in the southeast corner of Westtown, township officials are finalizing plans to purchase two adjoining tracts totaling 13.6 acres. Township solicitor Robert Adams told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting Monday that settlement was scheduled for April 7 on the township's purchase of the Stanton and Rupp properties on the north side of Route 926, across from Powder Horn Lane. The property is bordered by Willistown Township and by Edgmont Township, Delaware County.
March 29, 2012 |
Thursday's School Reform Commission meeting is shaping up to be the most crucial in recent memory, with decisions expected on nine school closings and the introduction of a 2013 budget that could contain a shortfall of up to $400 million. School closings have been years in the making. The Philadelphia School District has long said it has tens of thousands of empty seats and too many aging buildings. It has lost more than 50,000 students in a decade, with many fleeing to an expanding network of charter schools.
June 8, 1994 |
As she boarded the bus in the French port of Le Havre, Lois Plumb Stanton, an American almost in Paris, was surprised to see the ground covered in a fine white powder. She asked a fellow passenger if it had snowed. "They looked at me like I was nuts," she recalled this week. "It was rubble. Just plain rubble, ground up stone from the buildings. Everything had been destroyed. " The time was 1946; the place was the devastated European continent. As Plumb looked out the window of the bus, she got a quick introduction to the enormity of the work that lay ahead of her. She was not scared, though.
June 6, 2014 |
They're from different parts of the city and had nothing in common - except for their predawn Wednesday wake-up call: court warrant officers arresting them for failing to appear for jury duty. Actually, it was more than that. Not only did they ignore at least two calls for jury duty, they ignored a summons telling them to appear in court May 21 or be held in contempt. Yes, we're talking about scofflaws in Philadelphia's new Juror Scofflaw Court. Two of the three - Timothy Shissler, 42, of Frankford, and John Sparks, 56, of Brewerytown - pleaded guilty before unsmiling Common Pleas Court Judges John W. Herron and Jeffrey P. Minehart.
March 28, 2012 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday is shaping up to the most crucial in recent memory, with decisions expected on nine school closings and the introduction of a 2013 budget that could contain a shortfall of up to $400 million. School closings have been years in the making. The Philadelphia School District has long said it has tens of thousands of empty seats and too many aging buildings. It has lost more than 50,000 students in a decade, with many fleeing to an expanding network of charter schools.