Philly-area Catholic school teachers rally for... →
Teachers at area Roman Catholic high schools rallied for a new contract on Tuesday as their union called for mediation in a dispute that threatened the first day of class for thousands of students.
Hurricane hiatus :: Crossword Kathy →
Crossword Kathy has been called in for hurricane duty on her reporting job, and since we can’t find a copy of the Sunday New York Times anywhere in Philadelphia anyway, we regret to inform you that there will be no blog post today. Please come back soon.
Critics question oversight of Philadelphia schools →
Is it time to get rid of the School Reform Commission? That’s the question many people in Philadelphia are asking after the ugly and expensive dismissal of district Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.
Drexel University scraps plans for 2nd campus in... →
Drexel University has scrapped its ambitious plans to build a second campus in northern California because the poor real estate market hurt the project’s finances, school officials said Wednesday.
Use of private funds questioned in Philly supt.'s... →
It took $905,000 in severance pay for the city’s schools superintendent to leave, but ethics and education experts say the true price could be much higher considering nearly half the money came from anonymous sources.
Embattled Philly supt. leaving with $900K in... →
The city’s embattled schools superintendent abruptly left the district Monday with $900,000 promised in severance, capping a tumultuous tenure that saw increased test scores and graduation rates but also clashes with community members, the teachers union and elected leaders.
Underwater Search | Crossword Kathy →
Glug-glug-glug. Pardon me while I dry off; I’ve been scuba diving in this “Underwater Search” to look for some clownfish.
Black caucus backs embattled Philly superintendent →
Members of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus expressed support for embattled Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman on Wednesday amid rumors she might be bought out of her contract.
Villanova censured for inflating GPAs, LSAT scores →
The law school at Villanova University has been censured for submitting falsified admissions data for several years to the American Bar Association, allegedly at the behest of former administrators.
Philly schools: More data needed in cheating probe →
Education officials probing testing irregularities in Philadelphia said Monday that they need more data to determine if cheating occurred on standardized exams in more than a dozen schools.
Crossword Kathy: Hack Saws →
I never understood why old, tried-and-true saying were called saws. But knowing that synonym was helpful in solving today’s puzzle, which finished off well-known quotations with joke-like new endings.
Crossword Kathy: Good To Go →
Vacations are meant for sleeping in, but I find that nearly impossible when I’m on the West Coast. I woke up at 6:30 a.m. PDT and have been off and running ever since. I don’t think I’ve ever solved and blogged the puzzle this early.
Embattled Philly superintendent vows to fight on →
To her supporters, Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is a champion for children and a passionate fighter for her beliefs. But to critics she is “Queen Arlene” - imperious, arrogant and overpaid.
Tug pilot pleads guilty in Philly duck boat crash →
A tug operator consumed by a family emergency pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter for a fatal crash with a duck boat filled with tourists, an accident he acknowledged was caused largely by his continuous use of a cellphone and laptop computer while he was steering a barge.
Lightning in Philadelphia
jimmacmillan: I caught this lightning bolt on video with my iPhone earlier this evening in Center City Philadelphia, and made a frame grab to post here. I cropped it and darkened a little in Photoshop. firstname.lastname@example.org ©2011http://jimmacmillan.net