August 17, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission's nearly two-year battle to cancel the city teachers' union contract and impose new work rules to save money was soundly defeated again Monday. The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision last January that blocked the five-member commission from forcing terms on the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Union leaders called the ruling a rebuke of a power grab, and a spokesman for the commission and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said no further legal action would be taken.
August 11, 2016 |
Question: My daughter suffers from general anxiety and just finished middle school. To thank her teachers for helping her through her moments of panic, I made each of them a nice zippered tote bag and loaded it with supplies and a small gift card. It took a lot of work on my part, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and also cost a lot for the materials. I am feeling disappointed that none of the teachers, seven of them, has acknowledged the gift. I didn't deliver them personally but am confident they did receive them.
August 7, 2016 |
Audrey R. Davis Crocker, 93, of West Philadelphia, a former seamstress, food worker, and teacher's aide in the Philadelphia School District, died Monday, Aug. 1, of an intestinal ailment at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Born in Rincon, Ga., to Joseph and Lucille Giles, she moved to Philadelphia as an infant with her family. She was educated in the Philadelphia public schools. She became a Christian at age 8. She joined Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church and stayed faithful to the church over the years.
August 5, 2016 |
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney on Wednesday accused the state's largest teacher union and the state Fraternal Order of Police of attempted bribery, saying each threatened to withhold campaign contributions if the Senate did not vote on a proposed pension-funding bill. Sweeney (D., Gloucester) spoke at a news conference in Trenton and then released letters he sent to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman and newly appointed state Attorney General Christopher Porrino that ask for a criminal probe into the New Jersey Education Association's actions.
July 31, 2016 |
Arnetha N. Williams, 91, of Philadelphia, a longtime educator in the city's public schools and a dedicated church member, died Friday, July 22, at home of complications from an earlier stroke. Born to Luther and Lula Bates-Williams, Ms. Williams received religious training at a very early age. She was 8 when her mother died. She turned for solace to Miller Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where she participated in Sunday school and the Baptist Young People's Union. Later, she joined the church choir, raised money for scholarships, planned the women's group lunches, and researched and wrote the church's history.
July 29, 2016 |
A Montgomery County middle-school teacher was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two teenage girls, authorities said Wednesday. Jason Gattuso, 39, of East Fairwood Drive in Chalfont, Bucks County, was a social studies teacher at Springfield Township Middle School, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. Gattuso was interviewed Monday and admitted to having sex with the girls, who were 14 and 15 years old, according to the criminal complaint filed by Springfield and Whitemarsh police.
July 27, 2016
Thomas Sutherland, 85, a teacher who was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years, died Friday in Fort Collins, Colo., according to Colorado State University. Mr. Sutherland was released in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at the university. He was one of a number of Americans in Lebanon - including Associated Press bureau chief Terry Anderson - who were kidnapped by terrorist groups in the 1980s. He was dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science at American University in Beirut when he was taken hostage by Islamic terrorists in 1985.
July 22, 2016 |
About three weeks ago, William H. Anton Sr. dropped off his wife, Mary, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and watched her approach an entrance. After he had parked his car, he returned to find her in the lobby. But before going to her appointment, their son Joseph said, she asked her husband to get her a pretzel and a Mountain Dew. Why that brand of soda, which she didn't drink? "It was for somebody outside," her son said, "who was homeless and asked her. " "This," he said, "was a shining example of how she lived her life.
July 15, 2016
LOS ANGELES - The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California's Supreme Court might soon decide to hear - four years after litigation began - the 21st century's most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law. Every year, measurable injuries are inflicted on tens of thousands of already at-risk children by this state's teacher tenure system, which is so politically entrenched that only the courts can protect the discrete and insular minority it victimizes.
July 15, 2016 |
A teacher at beleaguered Delaware Valley Charter High School has asked the Philadelphia School District's top financial official to reconsider withholding $820,000 in payments to the school this summer. The district said the charter school in Logan owes the money for overbilling for students in past years and failing to make required pension payments for teachers. But Matthew Black, 27, who has taught math at the school for two years, said it's the teachers and other staffers who were hurt when the charter could not make payroll last week.