State officials looking into possible cheating on state standardized tests have cleared more than 20 districts and several charter schools of wrongdoing, though the investigation is not yet over, an Education Department spokesman said Wednesday.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to shutter about a quarter of its Roman Catholic high schools and close or combine nearly 30 percent of its elementary schools mainly because of rising costs and low enrollment, officials said Friday.
At age 62, Donald Carter knows his arthritis and other age-related infirmities will not allow him to live indefinitely in his third-floor walk-up apartment in Philadelphia. But as a low-income renter, Carter has limited options. And as a gay black man, he’s concerned his choice of senior living facilities might be narrowed further by the possibility of intolerant residents or staff members.
Local education officials have begun releasing more detailed information about school violence in an effort to address an issue that both administrators and parents say has plagued the learning environment for too long.
A doctor charged with severing the spinal cords of babies born alive at his abortion clinic also wrote thousands of illegal prescriptions for painkillers and sedatives out of the now-closed business, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal said he was surprised and somewhat disappointed that he did not get a new sentencing hearing in the racially charged murder case that had kept him on death row for nearly 30 years.
Maureen Faulkner waited nearly 30 years for her husband’s murderer to be executed. But following a seemingly endless cycle of legal appeals, she said she realized it would never happen. On Wednesday, Faulkner gave her blessing to the decision by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to stop pursuing the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Eight vacant schools pose public safety risks because of on-site drug use, vandalism or structural issues, and at least one should be demolished immediately, city Controller Alan Butkovitz said Tuesday.
The mayor on Friday notified members of Occupy Philadelphia that they have 48 hours to dismantle their tent encampment at City Hall to make way for a long-planned $50 million renovation project. Mayor Michael Nutter would not specify what actions officials would take if protesters did not remove the approximately 200 tents and other items from Dilworth Plaza by 5 p.m. Sunday.
As a dyed-in-the-wool Penn State alumnus, Jeff Jubelirer watched helplessly as his beloved alma mater became engulfed in an explosive child sex-abuse scandal this month. As a crisis communications specialist, he cringed.
Gov. Tom Corbett visited a Philadelphia charter school Wednesday to rally support for his education reform initiative, which includes vouchers for students at the state’s worst-performing schools and a new teacher evaluation system.
Calls for the ouster of Penn State President Graham Spanier over for his handling of a child sex abuse case on campus grew on Tuesday as a top state lawmaker and two newspaper editorial boards joined online groups and petitions in demanding his removal.
As a teen, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter got busted for graffiti and was ordered by a judge to perform 150 hours of what he called “scrub time” — cleaning up such vandalism by painting murals. More than 20 years later, it seems all is forgiven in his hometown. Philadelphia is showing some brotherly love to Trotter and the Grammy-winning band he co-founded, The Roots, by creating a city-sanctioned mural in their honor.
City education officials on Wednesday proposed closing nine public schools and reconfiguring more than a dozen others in an effort to save money and streamline operations in the face of major enrollment declines.
The Irish immigrants building a stretch of railroad near Philadelphia in 1832 had been in the U.S. only a few weeks when they died - ostensibly of cholera - and were unceremoniously dumped in a mass grave. Their families never knew what happened to them. Nearly 180 years later, local researchers say they have a clearer picture of the men’s fate.
The Occupy Philly movement, which began weeks ago as a rally against economic injustice, has evolved into a fledgling tent city with yoga in the mornings, governing assemblies at night and three square meals in between. Some protesters say there is no end in sight.
Education advocates gathered Monday at a 97-year-old city high school with chronic water leaks and a single functioning science lab to urge support for federal jobs legislation that includes billions of dollars for school repairs and renovations.
Here’s a sports fairy tale that never gets old: Underdog team with few resources but a lot of heart beats the odds and comes out on top. That is what actually happened to the 1971-72 women’s basketball squad at tiny Immaculata College. It’s also what happened to “The Mighty Macs,” a small-budget movie about the team’s improbable national championship.
An independent group of benefactors announced an agreement Tuesday to take over a struggling Roman Catholic school from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, pledging to keep its religious identity while making it financially sustainable for generations to come.
I couldn’t really tell what today’s puzzle theme would be from looking at the title: I briefly thought it might involve types of birds, or parrot-like expressions (“Polly want a cracker!”). But it’s subtler than that.
A judge on Thursday upheld his ruling allowing the Barnes Foundation to move its multibillion-dollar art collection from the suburbs to Philadelphia, rejecting claims that new evidence should force a reconsideration of his hotly contested decision.