The hearing was the first opportunity of the new school year for township residents to discuss and debate the issues raised by an April report from the Havertown-Area Community Action Network, or H-CAN, alleging a worrisome pattern of racial bias and profiling - punctuated by reports of hate crimes and repeated cases of students being harassed or called the N-word.
The Abington school board named its assistant superintendent, Jeffrey Fecher, as a finalist for its new superintendent. No other candidates were considered, angering some residents still smarting over the Sichel/Schwarzman debacle.
Negotiators for the 650-member Association of Catholic Teachers and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have scheduled last-minute talks seeking to reach a deal ahead of Wednesday's scheduled start of school for roughly 12,000 students - with major issues around pay and health care costs still unresolved.
Released just as more than 1.7 million kids are starting a new year in Pennsylvania public schools, the report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force - co-chaired by Wolf, who is seeking re-election in November, and auditor general Eugene DePasquale - is light on specifics but identifies a number of broad strategies aimed at addressing students' fears about mass shootings as well as bullying, other types of violence, and depression.
Officials in the Montgomery County district, who held a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday night ahead of opening of school Monday for as many as 850 seventh and eighth graders, are both eagerly touting the high-tech features of the new middle school and hoping that Cheltenham has finally turned the page on the mold crisis that angered parents and disrupted student life for more than four years.
In an email to parents, Superintendent Lisa Palmer said that after reviewing the materials that the Drexel Hill-based Amnion Pregnancy Center presented, she found that some of the information shared in class and in conversations with students after class about romantic relationships "was not purely factual."
For these kids from Northeast Philadelphia's St. Martin of Tours School, the week is not only fun but also an early glimpse into future career opportunities, and not just in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills needed to design and build the impressive whirlybirds.
The allegations by Strath Haven High School student Abby McElroy against the Drexel Hill-based Amnion Pregnancy Center shot through the 3,500-student Delaware County district, causing more than 500 people to sign a Change.org petition against the center's future participation and superintendent Lisa Palmer to issue a public statement that "we will thoroughly investigate."
Garnet Valley, which serves the rapidly growing Concordville area, is pushing ahead this fall with an ambitious five-year goal to become what educators believe would be the nation's first public high school to offer all its courses either online or in a classroom, or both.
At institutions like Souderton, the Workshop School, and Building 21 in Philadelphia - the three recognized teacher-powered schools in the region - classroom teachers are setting the rules for matters such as curriculum and discipline - areas that would be handled by central administrators in a traditional school.
The school board unanimously agreed to enter a formal agreement to purchase the 21.83-acre site from the Foundation for Islamic Education for $12 million contingent on a number of conditions, including that the district find nearby space for outdoor activities.
The College Board said the current iteration of AP World History crams way too much information by trying to cover thousands of years of civilization in nine months - especially with many schools offering the class primarily to 10th-graders who've not taken a college-level curriculum before.
Amy Sichel, whose $319,714 salary had made her the highest paid school superintendent in Pennsylvania, announced her resignation after 18 years as Abington's top educator in an email to parents, teachers and other stakeholders that called the position "one of my proudest titles and an opportunity for which I am forever grateful."
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