November 30, 2012 |
Jeremy Nowak, president of the William Penn Foundation for only 18 months, has left his position, the foundation announced Wednesday, catching the region's nonprofit and educational communities by surprise. Foundation officials said in a statement that "differences in approach regarding implementation" of William Penn's new strategic plan - developed during the aggressive Nowak's tenure - led to the departure. There was no hint it was coming - even foundation staff members were caught off guard.
September 5, 2014 |
'Who founded New York?" asks one of the experts toward the end of the seventh episode of the local history documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment . "Who founded Boston or Chicago? The answer is . . . I don't know. Nobody cares. That's the point. " But everyone, from grade-schoolers to pensioners, from East Coast to West, knows who founded Philadelphia: William Penn. Airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC (WPVI-TV), the seventh episode of The Great Experiment , titled "In Penn's Shadow (1680-1720)
June 9, 2015 |
She was known variously as Alice, Alice of Dunk's Ferry, Black Alice, or Old Alice. She was a slave who lived at least 108 years - some say 116 - and saw three centuries. She never learned how to read or write, and never gained her freedom, but her head was filled with priceless memories. Alice could tell a story like no one else - whether it was about meeting William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania; witnessing the early days of Philadelphia; or navigating boats between Dunk's Ferry - now Beverly - and what is now Bensalem.
September 14, 2002 |
The caliber of football is strong in the Diamond State. Egg Harbor Township discovered that last night in a season-opening 20-7 loss to visiting William Penn of Delaware in a nonleague game played in Egg Harbor Township. Ranked No. 8 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Egg Harbor Township never moved the ball consistently against a William Penn team that lost to eventual state champion Newark, 6-0, last year in the semifinals. Meanwhile, William Penn (1-0) showed that it is a serious contender to end Newark's reign as five-time Delaware Division I state champion.
February 23, 2012 |
The William Penn Foundation is donating $1.5 million to help restructure the Philadelphia School District, and officials said Wednesday they thought the move could bring more funds from the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The money would go directly to pay for what is regarded as a much-needed management consultant, William Penn president Jeremy Nowak said Wednesday. Nowak also said the foundation would help the School Reform Commission identify other private funders to help turn the district around.
June 16, 2015 |
Beverly Jordan, 70, vividly remembers how upset she was about the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1998, one of the most notorious hate crimes against gays in American history. "Any kind of injustice, I have to fight," the West Philadelphia resident said Sunday. Jordan helped hold a banner for PFLAG Philadelphia at Philadelphia's 27th PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival. It was her second year attending the event, as an ally and friend of LGBT people. An uncontainable energy swelled around the parade's starting location at 13th and Locust Streets in an area of the city known as "the Gayborhood.
July 3, 1994 |
Montae Roundtree came to Penn's Landing and found Penn snoring. Daniel Sigmund, portraying William Penn, was taking a nap during Delaware River Days, part of Welcome America! Festivities continue today at Penn's Landing and elsewhere.
September 24, 2012
Beneath a clear, blue 9/11 sky - almost too blue, as it was that Tuesday 11 years earlier - I climbed to the top of Philadelphia's tallest office tower in search of an urban legend. I wanted to see with my own eyes what I had been telling people for years. Not that I ever doubted the story. As we all know, William Penn works in mysterious ways. The story I tell is familiar to Philadelphians and delightful to visitors hearing it for the first time. For almost 100 years, the tallest man-made object in Philadelphia was the bronze Quaker hat, atop the 37-foot-tall statue of Pennsylvania's founder, that crowns the City Hall Tower.
March 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's system of education funding is broken, and the courts must force lawmakers to make it right, attorneys for school districts, parents, and organizations that have sued the commonwealth told a panel of judges here Wednesday. The suit - brought by school systems, including the William Penn district in Delaware County, and parents, including two from the Philadelphia School District - argues that Pennsylvania's education funding system is "irrational and inequitable.
December 19, 2013 |
The city's Board of Ethics has rejected a claim that William Penn Foundation-funded work that a consulting firm completed for the Philadelphia School District constituted lobbying. A 2012 complaint alleged that William Penn - which paid the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) more than $1 million to study district operations and recommend cost-cutting measures - essentially hired BCG to lobby the district on a pro-charter school agenda and target dozens of schools for closure. The complaint was filed by Parents United for Public Education, the Philadelphia Home and School Council, and the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, and suggested that a foundation official overtly tried to influence district officials.