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.
In an email to the Mercy community on Thursday, Sister Barbara Buckley said Friday would be her last day. "This year has been a challenging one for our cherished Merion Mercy and I am deeply saddened by any hurt I have inadvertently caused," she wrote. "Many complex issues have arisen."
Abington stakeholders say the district's new agreement with Schwarzman is too vaguely worded. They also want more discussion about the structure of a new Foundation for the Abington School District that was created to receive the money.
Parents and alumni - still seething over what they believe was an effort to ram through the proposed renaming, to Abington Schwarzman High School, with virtually no community input - will press school board members and Superintendent Amy Sichel to release details of their still-secret initial agreement with Schwarzman at a meeting Tuesday.
In a letter to the community, superintendent Amy Sichel, school board president Raymond McGarry and vice-president Susan Arnold said the agreement which called for changing the school's name to the Abington Schwarzman High School and which the board approved a week ago would be rescinded at the April 10 school board meeting. At that time, a new agreement with Schwarzman will be made public and voted on by the board on April 24.
In what they called "a modern sit-in," the 46 Upper Bucks County students -the first of 225 who defied school officials on March 14's National School Walkout Day - arrived last Saturday carrying placards bearing the names of kids who'd been gunned down in February's Parkland, Fla., massacre, then sat on the floor and locked arms in a silent protest.
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