Philadelphia School District's board is investigating
Philadelphia’s school board has launched an investigation into how it authorizes charter schools, responding to a local coalition’s allegations that the city school system is tougher on Black-led charters.. The news came Wednesday when school board president Joyce Wilkerson announced the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP would complete an independent …
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Debate: Should Pa. end school mask mandates
(1 days ago) 2 days ago · Get ready for a lot of discussion about the mask mandate in schools in coming weeks. The situation is fluid: Just this week, the state Supreme Court temporarily extended Governor Wolf’s mandate, while his administration appeals a recent court ruling that struck it down.Regardless of the outcome of that ongoing case, Gov. Wolf has said he plans to let …
Michigan school slaughter exposes 2nd Amendment as …
(5 days ago) 1 day ago · Schools — greatly disrupted by the coronavirus lockdowns — have become a kind of Ground Zero for American despair. The New York Times has spent the last year reporting on one suburban Philadelphia school district, Central Bucks, and this week’s dispatch points to a mental health crisis. “Behavioral problems have mushroomed,” the paper
Here’s what happened in Pa. school board races
(5 days ago) Another woman said she opposed “indoctrination” in schools. Maya Van Rossum, 55, and her husband, David Wood, 57, praised the school board’s approach to reopening schools and dropping the district’s Native American mascot — an issue that had animated some of the Republican opposition.
Should Philly schools change their start times
(6 days ago) These plans, to take effect starting Aug. 30, were made in light of the shortage of bus drivers affecting the neighboring regions to the district. What is most baffling is that under the new schedule, most middle and high schools would begin at 7:30 a.m., and elementary schools would begin at either 8:15 a.m. or 9 a.m.
NYC schools lift ban on Zoom
(7 days ago) Schools and districts rushed to create remote lessons and partnered with different online platforms, sometimes without strict security filters. There have been numerous reports of intruders disrupting classes and school meetings, from elementary school to …
New York City mayor closes schools for rest of academic
(7 days ago) New York City mayor closes schools for rest of academic year, but governor says it’s his call to make. New York City's 1.1 million-pupil public school system will be closed for the rest of the school year as the city struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday.
Network of all-boys NYC public schools growing
(Just Now) Network of all-boys NYC public schools growing. NEW YORK - Once seen as sexist and outdated, the all-male educational model had been resurrected to serve New York City's poorest boys, a group feared to be more likely to go to prison than college. by By Karen Matthews, Associated Press, Inquirer.
Villanova's Wright: Let us in Big East for football
(9 days ago) NEW YORK - When reports came out late last week that Villanova was attempting to keep Temple out of the Big East, the reaction was understandable. Trying to separate fact from fiction gets more complicated when schools in the same organization have conflicting agendas. And truth is often the first casualty when feelings are in play.
As Philly-area school districts scramble to reopen, will
(7 days ago) A years-long effort to weaken public schools by starving them of state aid left many districts, including suburban ones, underfunded heading into the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Now they’re left to design life-and-death back-to-school protocols on the fly and with no emergency funding or other muscle from Washington or Harrisburg.
Pennsylvania school funding trial: 7 takeaways from the
(7 days ago) Prior to the convention, there was a system of “common schools,” but the delegates found that it was untenable. “When it came down to it, inevitably the poor kids would get an inferior education,” Black said. Lawyers for the defense pressed Black on what the education clause required and how the mandate fit with other state priorities.
Black Lives Matter Movement goes to school to teach
(7 days ago) Other schools are focused on Black History Month programs. Collingswood High School history teacher Eric Fieldman said he supports teaching about the movement but wants it presented throughout the school year. He teaches American history and a civil rights and social justice elective course.
Philly schools just borrowed nearly $400 million to pay
(7 days ago) The Philadelphia school board just approved borrowing nearly $400 million to capital finance projects. The new Northeast Community Propel Academy is shown in this August photo. The Philadelphia school board on Thursday authorized issuing nearly $400 million in bonds to pay for new school buildings and other capital improvements in city schools.
Philadelphia area schools could reopen as soon as this
(1 days ago) Whether schools can safely reopen is case-specific, Rubin and Arkoosh said, depending on local case counts and whether schools can facilitate social distancing. Achieving six feet of spacing between students, as recommended by CHOP and Pennsylvania officials, has been a challenge for many schools.
N.J. school nurses juggle COVID with cuts
(7 days ago) “Schools are looking to them, and that has become more than a full-time job.” Cogan lobbied school officials to bring back health aides who were let go when schools were closed in 2020. The district this week announced that it has hired three full-time floater nurses and two part-time health aides to help with the workload.
COVID-19 has upended education. How will schools solve for
(5 days ago) Schools know children are struggling, but it’s not clear how deep the problem is. States canceled standardized testing last year amid the chaos of the pandemic. President Joe Biden’s administration is requiring testing this year, but it has permitted states to wait until the fall. Pennsylvania is letting schools decide when to test.
Philly School District principals decry gun violence, call
(4 days ago) Schools that aren’t in the 25 identified zones, Dales said, are still periodically checked by patrol officers. City Councilmember Helen Gym, at the principals’ rally, said the police news is “most welcome, but let us be clear — it is long overdue, and our students need more.” Gym has called for a “youth-powered antiviolence agenda
Philly Health Department relaxes guidelines for closing
(Just Now) But schools have to offer rapid testing on-site in order to allow the option. The department is also now recommending that schools test unvaccinated students weekly. The amended guidance will likely have significant impact on the 115,000-student Philadelphia School District, most of whose students are unvaccinated.
Where are the best high schools in the country
(7 days ago) No schools in South Jersey were among the highly rated in the magazine’s coveted list, although seven schools from the northern half of the Garden State are in the top 100. U.S. News said it both expanded the number of schools ranked and slightly simplified its methodology for 2019. Criteria for ranking included test scores, college readiness
‘A systemic, widespread failure’: Pa. school funding is
(5 days ago) Pennsylvania’s public education system is broken, a lawyer for plaintiffs suing the state asserted Friday, opening a historic trial that they hope will spur drastic changes in funding for schools. The conclusion is clear whether one looks at gaps between rich and poor school districts or students
Wolf expects to let schools set masking rules in January
(8 days ago) Schools are largely back to offering in-person instruction. Despite the universal masking order, more school-aged children are being infected with the coronavirus this academic year than last, when many schools were teaching remotely or using a hybrid model. Nearly 5,000 children ages 5-18 contracted the virus in the week ending Nov. 2, nearly
Meeting the need: Schools find ways to serve up meals for
(8 days ago) Schools are distributing free breakfast and lunch meals at grab-and-go and drive-through locations, along neighborhood bus routes, and even door-to-door. They are helping not only those who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals who may otherwise go hungry, but any family that is stretched thin and needs food.
Parents ask why public schools are closed for class but
(3 days ago) The cost to enroll in full-day care through A Child’s Place is $175 a week. Some Downingtown parents have called for the program to be free. “It’s completely unethical in my belief to say that the schools cannot safely open, but you can pay this company” to send children to the same facilities, said Henry Luu, a physician who is among a
Six local schools win National Blue Ribbon distinction
(6 days ago) Six local schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools that claimed the department’s top prize are: Loomis Elementary, Marple Newtown School District, Broomall; Rhawnhurst Elementary, Philadelphia School District; Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School, Wallingford; St. …
Do police belong in schools
(7 days ago) Police should not be in our schools. The harm caused by a police presence in schools far outweighs any arguments about the presence of police making a school safer. The acceleration of the number of students entering the so-called “school-to-prison” pipeline in recent decades makes clear the dangers of bringing police into schools
Arizona is delaying the opening of the school year as
(5 days ago) Some school districts have decided to postpone the start of school, including Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, moving it back one week, to Aug. 12, so officials will have more time to look at the COVID-19 situation and adjust plans as needed. Shelby County Schools in Alabama is also pushing back the start of school one week, to Aug. 13.
Mitchell Elementary students had no food last week
(9 days ago) Our schools were not prepared to reopen, and when a crisis happens the school, staff, students and parents are left to pick up the pieces,” Royster-Morris said. Jerry Jordan, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president, said the district’s response to the Mitchell situation “is emblematic of the completely reprehensible responses to
Should the Philly school board be elected instead of
(1 days ago) The Philadelphia school board voted to not renew two charter schools run by Universal Companies Inc. at its April 30 meeting, held remotely because of the pandemic. It was the last board meeting for departing members Christopher McGinley and Wayne Walker. Pictured are (L-R, top to bottom): board members Angela McIver, President Joyce Wilkerson
When coronavirus hit, schools moved online. Some students
(Just Now) When coronavirus hit, schools moved online. Some students didn’t. “If ever there’s a chance where the socioeconomic divide will widen, it’s in this environment. And we’re trying to mitigate that as best as we can,” said Richard Dunlap, superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District. Mitchell Elementary School assistant
Coronavirus: Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools
(8 days ago) Updated. Jul 8, 2020. Determined to reopen America's schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don't bring their students back in the fall. He complained that his own public health officials' safety guidelines are impractical and too expensive.
Children must wear masks in Pa. schools; health officials
(1 days ago) Children must wear masks in Pa. schools; health officials wary of outbreaks on college campuses as students move in . With campuses reopening, health officials are concerned about the possibility of COVID-19 outbreaks among college students. A sign enforcing the wearing of masks at Villanova University.
Philadelphia teacher coronavirus vaccinations to start Feb
(2 days ago) Philadelphia public schools are scheduled to reopen for prekindergarten through second grades Feb. 22. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had wanted 2,000 teachers back in buildings Monday, but the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers led a citywide action instead, with thousands teaching from outside buildings or working from home.
Should Philly students be graded during the coronavirus
(4 days ago) After schools closed due to the coronavirus, the Philadelphia School District began graded digital instruction on May 4. Although students’ final grades for the year will be an average of their pre-pandemic performance, their work starting from May 4 can raise their grades if they do well — while their lack of participation can lower them.
N.J. schools close for academic year due to coronavirus
(2 days ago) Private schools with terms that extend into the summer will remain closed at least through that date, Murphy said. Spring sports have also been canceled. The governor had previously closed schools through May 15, saying he wanted to leave open the possibility of a return to in-person classes. But nonessential businesses in the state remain closed.
More than half of Pa. school nurses stock the overdose
(1 days ago) Feb 26, 2020. A new survey of Pennsylvania school nurses has found that while many schools do keep a supply of naloxone on hand, barriers like education officials’ reluctance are still keeping the opioid overdose reversal medication out of some schools. The study conducted by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers found that
Montgomery County schools close for two weeks as part of
(5 days ago) The schools are all over the city, and include Central and Roxborough High Schools, Olney Elementary, and Girls’ High. The governor’s move, announced as part of broader countywide closures lasting two weeks, echoed cancellations at K-12 schools around the country, and came as Maryland and Ohio closed schools statewide.
Projected first-year enrollment down at Pennsylvania’s 14
(5 days ago) Schools also will have to contend with changes in student plans over the summer as the impact of the coronavirus continues and the financial toll mounts. » READ MORE: Colleges holding on-campus classes in the fall? Maybe. “A lot of families are waiting to make a decision, and understandably so,” Pidgeon said.
For students with autism and severe disabilities
(8 days ago) Schools very much want to meet students’ needs, even ones that are complex and costly, said Francisco Negrón, chief legal officer for the National School Boards Association. But the pandemic “has presented quite a challenge for school districts, in particular because depending on the severity of a particular disability, there may be
Colleges had to adapt to virtual final exams. What they
(Just Now) Other schools relied on more technology to police exam-taking, including locked-down browsers and online proctors who monitored test-takers. At West Chester University, for instance, so many professors wanted electronically monitored exams that the university employed a second company to help, said deputy provost Jeffery Osgood.
180 staff laid off at some Philadelphia Catholic schools
(1 days ago) Students at St. Malachy, an Independence Mission Schools elementary school, are shown in this file photo. The network of Philadelphia Catholic schools has laid off 180 workers because of COVID-19 closures and related economic concerns.
Philly school progress report shows improvement, but more
(2 days ago) The recently released 2017-2018 School Progress Report shows a steady improvement in public schools across Philadelphia that should be celebrated. Over the last three years, the number of schools in the lowest tier of performance has been reduced by 50 percent (from 88 schools to 45 schools) and the number of schools in our highest tiers of
Coronavirus has N.J. scrambling for remote-only school
(2 days ago) Though New Jersey schools have been instructed to provide in-person learning at least part-time, Murphy said the lack of clear evidence about the health risks teachers and students face from the coronavirus creates a tough situation. “This is about as complex a step as we will take or any American state will take,” Murphy said.
Philly school reopening met with pushback from educators
(3 days ago) Some Philadelphia schools have no mechanical ventilation; the plan there is to open windows and use fans to help circulate air. Teachers at Richmond Elementary in Port Richmond said some often taught in coats during the winter — pre-pandemic. In the recent past, they’ve coped with damaged asbestos, raw sewage, and a rampant rodent problem.
In Pa., most cyber charter schools operate with expired
(8 days ago) In Pa., most cyber charter schools operate with expired state agreements. The state Department of Education has taken years to decide whether to renew some cyber charter schools — delays observers described as "terrible" and a "red flag." A majority of Pennsylvania's cyber-charter schools are operating under expired agreements.
For Philly schools, a day of chaos and worry amid
(5 days ago) For those schools that were open, Friday was a strange and unsettling day, with widespread staff shortages and half-empty classes, conditions Robin Cooper, the president of the city principals’ union, said were “unstable and unsafe.” Some schools had no nurses, others operated without substitutes.