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November 30, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
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September 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'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)
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June 9, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
September 14, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 23, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 16, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 3, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL BRYANT
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.
NEWS
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.
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March 13, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 19, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 26, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a destructive storm howled through Philadelphia Tuesday night, John Connors' phone started to buzz with text messages from his neighbors. There were condos under construction next to the small, squat building Connors owns on East Allen Street in Fishtown, and in the high winds and heavy rain, the construction project had collapsed onto Connors' property. As water poured through the roof, Connors rushed to the scene. The damage to the building, though, was the least of his concerns.
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June 16, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 9, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 22, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Academy Park's Travis Smith turned in a high-scoring performance in a 66-55 win over Harriton Saturday afternoon. But the senior wing guard was still upset with his defensive play from a contest earlier in the week. "Guys were going by me," he said of a victory over Freire Charter. "I was scrambling to get to the wrong person. I came into this one with a defense-first mentality. I knew the offense would come. " Smith scored 30 points against Harriton and helped the Knights force 35 turnovers, including 22 in the first half.
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December 15, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The William Penn Foundation has decided to provide short-term funding for Dance USA/Philadelphia, the service organization whose grant application was unexpectedly denied by the foundation last month after many years of support. The grant denial sent shock waves through the local dance community, which relied on the organization, commonly known as Dance/UP, for a wide variety of services - from an e-newsletter, packed with grant-deadline information, to a robust program of subsidized performance venues for the region's burgeoning number of troupes and choreographers.
NEWS
September 19, 2014
ISSUE | KRAUTHAMMER All bile all the time It is time to retire Charles Krauthammer, since he has proven incapable of writing a commentary that isn't a sharply partisan attack on President Obama ("Uncertain call to war on ISIS," Sept. 15). His latest screed about Obama's reluctant commitment to engage ISIS argues that Obama is driven by polls rather than a legitimate concern about enmeshing the United States and its troops in another foreign conflict without assistance from other nations threatened by ISIS's malignancy.
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September 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'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)
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August 25, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE SALE of William Penn High School will proceed as planned. A community coalition announced yesterday that it has dropped its legal action opposing the sale of the sprawling North Philadelphia campus, days after the state Supreme Court denied a request for a preliminary injunction. "We fought the good fight," Inez Henderson-Purnell, president of the William Penn Development Coalition, said in a statement released by the group. In June, the School Reform Commission approved the sale of the property to Temple University for $15 million.
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