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Shaping up with Sen. Tony Williams

Shaping up with Sen. Tony Williams

Fall is a fine season to get in shape, maintains State Sen. Anthony Williams (D-W. Phila.). Every year he sponsors a series of varied exercise programs throughout his 8th Senatorial District, which covers communities in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia as well as parts of Delaware County. All are free. Citizens are invited to sample […]

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Hallahan Teaches Leadership with New Programs

Hallahan High School, the oldest Catholic girls’ high school in the country, has made a point of staying in the forefront of secondary education for more than a century. Hallahan has stayed abreast of the latest opportunities in local college partnerships and online offerings, to make the most of its elite Center City location. In […]

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Film Festival Doc Profiles Politics of Philly School Funding

by Nathan Lerner Now celebrating its quarter century milestone, this year’s Philadelphia Film has programmed 110 titles originating from 23 different countries. Despite its international flavor, the festival also provides a platform for Backpack Full of Cash, a documentary with a decidedly local focus. Directed by Sarah Mondale, Backpack Full of Cash, revolves around the […]

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Strike Across Pa. Gives Perspective on City Teachers’ Contract

by Eldon Graham When educators are fed up, they let it be known. That is what happened last week when the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Schools began a strike that lasted three days – and ended with them receiving a new contract for the first time in almost two years. The State […]

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Champion Teacher, Strong Programs at Andrew Jackson School

by Eldon Graham Excellence on the job is an achievement that all too often goes unrecognized. But when a local teacher was recognized last week, it was as heart-warming as it was well deserved. Jayda Pugliese, a South Philadelphia 5th-grade math and science teacher at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, was the recipient of the Milken […]

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Clowns Causing Chaos Through Social Media

by Eldon Graham The month of October is known for bringing out fictional ghouls and goblins from and into all walks of life. But, as a rash of menacing clown threats have made clear, when these apparitions are embodied by persons unknown and used to strike terror and fear into the hearts of the innocent, […]

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Does Temple Need a Stadium? Does N. Philly?

by Eldon Graham From the 24-floor-high Morgan Hall to the Temple Towers, Temple University doesn’t lack for visible monuments to its progress and evolution into a top-tier academic institution. If the school’s administration and legion of football fans have their way, the next architectural and campus landmark will be a state-of-the-art stadium for the resurgent […]

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Auditor General: DOE Must Check Charter-School Rent Payments

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his latest audit of one charter-school system in Allegheny County shows the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education continues to divert millions of dollars from classrooms to the bank accounts of some charter-school operators, without proper checks. The audit of the Propel Charter School System questioned lease reimbursement provided by PDE […]

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SpArc Phila. Holds Talent Show

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Pt. Breeze Agency Is Model For Mayor’s Community Schools

by Tony West Mayor Jim Kenney based his winning campaign last year on a bright new proposal for “family service centers” where children’s educational needs can be met while his family learns to cope with many other challenges. If you want to know what these centers might look like – check out Diversified Community Services, […]

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