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."
How could this Malvern teenager, just named one of only 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, have started learning to master the large instrument - 6 feet tall, with the bulk of an outside linebacker - when he was only 2 years old? It turns out there was a plan.
In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ousted teachers Ariel Eure and Layla Helwa claim that the school, located in Wynnewood, not only violated their civil rights by firing them after the slated talk by Swarthmore College professor Sa'ed Atshan was cancelled in February 2017 but that school officials made a series of defamatory statements against them.
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