June 25, 1992 |
Crystal Kuykendall, born on a kitchen table in a housing project on the West Side of Chicago, daughter of a teenage mother and a father with a seventh-grade education, became a teacher. Crystal Kuykendall, widowed with two small daughters after her husband was shot to death while jogging, earned a doctorate and became a lawyer, an author and executive director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She accomplished all that, and more, she said, because a handful of people, most of them teachers, believed in her along the way. At a conference on wellness as Ursinus College in Collegeville last week, Kuykendall spoke to a packed auditorium of 200 people, most of them teachers, about children who happen to be black and poor, children of every color who happen to be different.
August 23, 1990 |
Interboro School District teachers and school board members have reached a tenative contract agreement and expect to hold ratification votes next week. But at three other area school districts - William Penn, Penn Delco and Southeast Delco - negotiations continue as the scheduled opening day of schools draws closer. The threat of a strike and the long-term damage it can cause was on the minds of Interboro school board members as they negotiated with the teachers. "The Garnet Valley strike loomed over our decision process," said John Costello, Interboro school board president.
May 10, 2002
AFTER MAKING a deal to protect its own contract under Act 46, the law that allowed the state takeover of Philadelphia public schools, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was rather quiet for months. They held a few demonstrations outside the media eye, but the attitude then was "wait and see. " This week, though, the city's teachers' union found its voice - and was it loud. And while it's fair to wonder where they've been until now, the questions the teachers are screaming need to be asked: Just what is a "reconstituted" school - as 19 of the 75 schools slated for "reform" will be?
November 20, 2009
STOP, STOP, stop! Enough already with the continuous declarations that children will only achieve if their educator and they share the same ethnicity. That theory holds about as much water as school segregation - and we all know how well that worked out. While I'm merely just an average cracker in the box, I have taught mainly Latino and African-American students, many of whom have been tremendously successful in school. As a matter of fact, the average student whom I've taught has scored either advanced or proficient in mathematics on the PSSAs.
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.
January 16, 1992 |
Twenty-six teachers and nine school board members in National Park are at an impasse after the board rejected a state-mediated tentative contract agreement between the parties last month. The teachers have been working without a contract since last July, and they have been negotiating for a new contract since December 1990. On Nov. 26, the teachers and the board reached a tentative agreement; and on Dec. 10, the negotiating members agreed to recommend ratification to their respective constituencies.
June 10, 2002 |
Phyllis Della Vecchia stood in front of a room full of teachers and did the unthinkable. The Camden County College president sized up the educators and challenged them to stop listening to jargon and start talking about how to teach their students better. "It has to happen that teachers talk to teachers," she said. "Communication can't just be a buzzword. " Fifty or so men and women from 16 school districts had gathered at the college to help begin the Camden County Academy of Teaching and Learning, and they sat straighter in their seats, nodding as Della Vecchia spoke.
June 12, 2009
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is attacking teachers again. She claims that teachers, despite being represented by an overall union contract, have to sign individual contracts even though they haven't done so in about a quarter of a century. If you want to see what she had sent to the teachers, go to philly.com and search for "school district 'contract' mailed to teachers. " You can then decide what her real intentions are. Mayer Krain Philadelphia
September 16, 2008
IWOULD like to congratulate the teachers and students in Conwell Middle School and George Washington Carver High School for Engineering & Science, which was one of 320 schools nationwide to be awarded the prestigious No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon award. However, I would also like to respond to the student from George Washington Carver High School for Engineering & Science who stated (in a different article) that the teachers in his school did not meet the needs of their students.
November 9, 1989 |
Bucks County Court Judge Ward F. Clark yesterday ordered striking Morrisville teachers to end their nine-week-old walkout and return to work today. Lynette Reichard, a spokeswoman for the 97-member Morrisville Education Association, said teachers - who defied an earlier order by Clark - would comply with yesterday's injunction. Students are scheduled to return to school tomorrow, Superintendent C. Van Cain said. The injunction leaves only one area school district still on strike - Garnet Valley, Delaware County, where 110 teachers walked off the job Oct. 3. Before yesterday's hearing, Clark admitted he had made an error in issuing the injunction last week without holding a hearing first.