June 20, 2016 |
Those perfect spring Fridays - cerulean skies, temperatures in the 70s - are exactly the kind of days that Dan Nerelli has come to dread. That's because Nerelli, assistant superintendent for personnel in the Upper Darby School District, knows he'll be scrambling to put substitutes in dozens of teacher-less classrooms. The Delaware County district's ability to cover faculty absences has plunged from 95 percent just a few years ago to roughly 60 percent. Philadelphia-area school administrators such as Nerelli now struggle to find ways to cope with a shortage of substitutes unlike anything they have ever faced.
March 8, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brock Stassi - prospective Phillies first baseman, 2015 Eastern League most valuable player, former substitute teacher - took batting practice Sunday morning and made everyone in the ballpark stop to watch. Once, twice, and then a third time, bench coach Larry Bowa grooved a pitch to Stassi hours before the Phillies' 6-5 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field, and Stassi lined each one over the right-field fence. That he hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches demanded that, at least for a moment, people pay him attention.
February 11, 2016
A substitute teacher at Gloucester City High School has been charged with sexual assault of a student at the school, prosecutors said Tuesday. David H. Light, 32, of Gloucester City, is also a softball coach at the school, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. He faces four counts of sexual assault for allegedly having "a sexual relationship" with a 17-year-old girl from May to December 2008, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. He was arrested Friday and bail was set at $200,000.
October 23, 2015 |
AS PRESSURE MOUNTS on Philadelphia School District officials to dump the firm responsible for hiring substitute teachers, details of the agreement have been revealed. Source4Teachers, the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based firm contracted in June, was required to staff 75 percent of vacant classrooms by the first day of school, but the firm has fallen well short of that, hovering around 20 percent daily over the first seven weeks. According to the contract, a copy of which was obtained and published online by the Public School Notebook , the district can terminate the deal with or without cause with 14 days' prior written notice to the company and not incur any penalty.
September 19, 2015 |
The firm hired to staff Philadelphia classrooms with substitute teachers has been put on notice: "Continued poor performance puts this partnership in jeopardy," Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Thursday night. Source4Teachers was awarded a $34 million contract to provide substitutes, promising it would fill 75 percent of vacancies on the first day of school. It has done no better than about 15 percent to date. School Reform Commission Chair Marjorie Neff also said the Cherry Hill company's work "has been unacceptable," and said the SRC took full responsibility for its vote to approve the contract.
September 18, 2015 |
ONLY SIX DAYS into the school year, the School District of Philadelphia is re-evaluating its decision to overhaul the management of substitute teachers. Superintendent William Hite last night said he was disappointed with the performance of Source4Teachers, the company hired in June to recruit and manage subs, since schools opened Sept. 8. The firm has filled fewer than 25 percent of empty classrooms so far, leaving many kids and teachers in the lurch. Hite said the district is working with the Cherry Hill-based firm to increase the so-called fill rate by increasing pay, adding more recruiters and streamlining the hiring process.
September 14, 2015 |
For years, Lincoln High never had trouble finding subs. Even though it is a large, comprehensive high school, temporary teachers wanted to work there. That changed last week, when a private firm took over managing the Philadelphia School District's substitute services. Source4Teachers, based in Cherry Hill, received a $34 million contract and promised it would fill 75 percent of vacancies initially, ramping up to 90 percent by January. But Source4Teachers achieved its highest "fill rate" of the week on Friday, when just 12 percent of the 456 city classrooms that needed substitute services had them.
September 1, 2015 |
The firm hired to staff Philadelphia School District substitute-teaching jobs has a pressing need: hiring 5,000 qualified people, as soon as possible. To achieve that goal, prepare for an onslaught of advertising - billboards on I-95, posters in train stations and other high-visibility areas - trolling for people looking for "flexible and fulfilling part-time work in education. " When a Cherry Hill-based firm recently hired by the district won the $34 million contract to fill sub jobs, it promised it would staff 90 percent of all openings by January.
July 13, 2015 |
Dr. Morton Botel, 90, of Philadelphia, an educator in the field of literacy who profoundly changed how reading and writing are taught to children in America, died Monday, July 6, of pneumonia and other causes at St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. At the time of his death, he was visiting relatives in Ireland, a country he had grown to love, according to a death notice in the Irish Times. Dr. Botel was affiliated for many years with the University of Pennsylvania, first as an undergraduate student in 1942, then as a master's and doctoral student, and later as professor and professor emeritus of education at Penn's Graduate School of Education.
July 3, 2015 |
Inez Sullivan Jackson, 82, a longtime Philadelphia schoolteacher and advocate for children, died at her North Philadelphia home Friday, June 19, of natural causes. Ms. Jackson was highly regarded by students she taught during her decades-long career in the Philadelphia School District. Some of her former students spoke at her funeral, Najah Jackson said, calling her grandmother an example "of what a teacher should be. " After working as a substitute teacher, she received her master of education degree from Temple University in 1977.