December 15, 2014 |
New Jersey's first Latina legislator is returning to Trenton five years after she left the state Assembly. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, who represented the Fifth Legislative District for 14 years in the Assembly, was officially appointed Saturday morning to the state Senate seat for that district. South Jersey Democrats last week had announced the selection of Cruz-Perez to fill the vacancy left by Donald Norcross when he was elected last month to the U.S. House of Representatives. She will take the oath of office at 1 p.m. Monday in the New Jersey Senate chamber.
November 9, 2012 |
MARION B.W. HOLMES had a passion for education, especially the kind that prepares students for good jobs after they leave school. It's called vocational training, and for years Marion directed the teaching of useful skills for young people in the Philadelphia School District. Among the problems she dealt with was a bureacratic snafu in the state Department of Education in the early '90s that left many shop classes in city schools closed and dark. It seemed that the state had established a kind of Catch-22 by requiring high-school students to take 21 academic courses to graduate, while also requiring vocational-technical students to take three vocational classes a day. There weren't enough hours in a day to meet those rules.
November 9, 2012 |
Marion B.W. Holmes, 86, former executive director of vocational and career education at the Philadelphia School District, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Joseph C. Scott Medical Center in Abington after battling Parkinson's disease for more than a decade. Mrs. Holmes graduated from Abington High School in 1944 and received a bachelor's degree in business education from Temple University in 1948. She earned a master's degree in vocational education from Temple and later a doctorate at Rutgers.
January 17, 2012 |
Question: My son is a freshman at an academically challenging liberal arts college. He is telling us that he is struggling to keep up, and, yes, we've told him to go to the academic advising office and the like. The larger issue is what he is concluding from his struggles - that he wants to become a music major, which is OK, except that his goal is to parlay his mediocre musical talents into a performance career. I don't want to quash the hopes of any 18-year-old, but how to make the best of this situation?
July 11, 2011 |
Sales of Beyond Knitting Concepts' fashion merchandise total just $600. Yet Aisha Alexander, cofounder of the venture started a little more than six months ago with a knitting buddy, confidently describes herself as a successful business owner. "It's all about your state of mind," the South Philadelphia resident explained. Yuri Schneiberg sees it differently. In fact, he's staking a new business venture on a belief that he's right. Success as a small-business owner requires much more than a positive outlook, Schneiberg said - it requires an education specially designed for entrepreneurs.
April 9, 2011 |
As Philadelphia School District officials prepare to implement their new Facilities Master Plan, one area the district will examine more closely is making more career- and technical-education programs available to more high school students. But that may not mean a return to career education - what used to be called vocational education - at every high school. According to the master plan released Thursday, the district will "create career and technical centers" where students will "receive career and technical education at the Center and complete academic courses and receive diplomas at the neighborhood school.
January 27, 2009 |
New Jersey Education Commissioner Lucille E. Davy argued yesterday for a proposed redesigning of the high school curriculum, saying the state had fallen behind some others in requiring students to take advanced math and science courses. "We are no longer at the forward front here," Davy said to the Assembly Education Committee. While New Jersey is regarded as a relatively high academic performer, Davy said, it is not among the states with the most demanding science and math requirements.
December 7, 2007 |
With a reputation as a dumping ground for underperforming students, vocational education for too long lacked the sex appeal that the media love. But things are finally beginning to change as the demands of the new global economy cause a rethinking of the curriculum. Policymakers are willing to consider the possibility of a connection between the persistent graduation rate of 64 percent to 71 percent across the country and the concurrent marginalization of vocational education. Their belated acknowledgment has led to new interest in the benefits of what is now called "career and technical education.
April 24, 2006 |
AS A LANCASTER public-school graduate, I'm aware of the effects on education of not having adequate funding. At my school, teachers spending their own money for supplies was routine and so were the letters home pleading with parents to send in used paper so we could use the blank side. In February, President Bush unveiled his budget for fiscal 2007 and announced his plan to cut the federal education budget by more than $3 billion. Coming from a school district with a 69 percent poverty rate and more than 900 homeless students, according to the school district Web site, I am passionate about equality.
November 17, 2003 |
Eleanor Sutton Wiggins, 89, a retired educator who began her teaching career in the one-room schoolhouse that she attended as a child and worked to increase the ranks of minority teachers, died Tuesday at her Erial home after a long illness. In a career that spanned nearly four decades, Mrs. Wiggins held jobs in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Alabama, where she taught the children of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame, said her daughter, Francyne Wiggins. Born in Atlanta, Mrs. Wiggins grew up in Weirton, W.Va.