April 12, 2016 |
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission has to go. It has to go because, no matter how much we respect the commissioners who serve this body, the fate of the schools should be decided by elected officials accountable to the people and the communities they serve. It has to go, because it has clearly failed to deliver the financial stability that justified its creation 15 years ago (an impossible task to begin with but one the SRC has accepted as its charge, nevertheless). It has to go because, as John Wister Elementary School shows, it is ripping apart some of the very communities on whose behalf the commissioners are supposed to make their decisions.
February 12, 2016 |
A coalition of officials, parents, and activists asked Mayor Kenney on Wednesday to direct an investigation into an eleventh-hour School Reform Commission vote to hand Wister Elementary School over to a charter organization. Councilwoman Helen Gym, chiefs of the unions representing Philadelphia School District principals and teachers, the head of the local NAACP chapter, and others asked Kenney to order the city's chief integrity officer to conduct "a full ethics review" of the school system and SRC. A spokesman for Kenney said the city's integrity officer lacks investigatory powers, but separately will conduct an ethics review of the district and the SRC. "Though not in response to today's request, [Chief Integrity Officer]
January 28, 2016 |
ONE OF the reasons I fight so hard for traditional public schools is simply that I believe in what they can be. I believe in their potential, just like I believe in the potential of every single student that walks through the doors each morning. And why do I believe? It's personal: I'm a proud graduate of Philadelphia's neighborhood schools. As an African-American male and a lifelong Philadelphia resident, my success was not because I "picked myself up by my bootstraps. " My schools were places of learning.
January 15, 2016 |
No one disputes that John Wister Elementary, where few students learn to read or do math on grade level, must improve. The thorny question is: How best to elevate performance at the Germantown K-5, part of the Philadelphia School District? Earlier this school year, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. recommended that Wister, along with two other district schools, be given to charter companies in September. But this week, Hite reversed course, saying that on the basis of progress evidenced in new district data, Wister was eligible for an in-house turnaround instead of the more radical overhaul.
September 28, 2012 |
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES aren't as popular as full orchestras in the classical music world. But Philadelphia's Wister Quartet has spent more than 20 years convincing fans that this more intimate format offers different aural pleasures that are just as worthy. Four then-members of the Philadelphia Orchestra formed the Wister Quartet in 1987, taking its name from Frances Anne Wister, the chairman of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1910 to the '50s. Nancy Bean and her husband Davyd Booth, first and second violinists respectively, form the quartet alongside violist Pamela Fay and cellist Lloyd Smith.
December 21, 2011 |
From nine points up early in the third quarter to 14 points down early in the fourth. From a dramatic rally to within two points in the final 2 minutes to three missed opportunities to tie the score in the final 45 seconds. That's the wild ride the Haddon Township basketball team gave its veteran coach, the chanting, cheering members of the "Moo Crew" student section, and everybody else in the Hawks' little gymnasium Tuesday night. And when was the last time those white walls shook with so much excitement during a boys' game of so much significance?
November 23, 2010 |
Wister James Winters, a 30-year employee of the Campbell Soup Co. in Camden and a private detective who worked with Philadelphia and New Jersey lawyers on domestic cases, died Oct. 14. He was 79 and lived in Warton, Md., but was born and raised in Philadelphia. Winters, who was known as "Sonny," boxed in the late '50s and early '60s as a light heavyweight and was ready to turn pro when he lost two fingers in an accident at Campbell Soup. He usually worked two jobs at the same time and while employed at Campbell's, he also worked for the CBS Educational and Professonal Publishing Co., of Philadelphia.
September 24, 2010 |
Although most people would consider Monique Riley crazy for allegedly burning down nearly an entire block in her ex-beau's Germantown neighborhood last month, a judge found yesterday that she was mentally competent to stand trial. Riley, 32, was charged with damaging six homes on Furley Street near Wister after she allegedly poured gasoline all over the porch of her ex-boyfriend, Ouris Alston, and tossed a lit match. Riley, who is in Riverside Correctional Facility, faces charges of aggravated assault, arson and related offenses.
May 31, 2009
Philadelphia has always had a lively arts community. The events below, as selected by The Inquirer's arts reporters, are some of the most memorable in the last 180 years: 1857 : The Academy of Music opened. Built in the spirit of Milan's La Scala opera house, the Academy provided a glittering magnet for a growing cultural life. 1876 : The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, founded in 1805 and the nation's oldest art school, moved into its landmark Frank Furness/George Hewitt building on North Broad Street, and Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins joined as a teacher and, ultimately, director.
June 6, 2007 |
Two Philadelphia men were slain within minutes in separate shootings early yesterday, police said. Eric Christmas, 37, of East Germantown, was shot twice in the head about 2:02 a.m. on the street in the 5400 block of Baynton Street in the Wister section, police said. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m. Police arrested Desmond McMoore of the 5400 block of Baynton in the slaying. At 2:06 a.m., Francisco Rodriguez, 52, of the Northeast, was shot three times in the chest on the street at Broad Street and Lindley Avenue in the Logan section, police said.