Education

 By Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

Brewerytown: Budget Cuts Hurt Kids

The current budget passed by the commonwealth left the Philadelphia School District looking at a $178 million gap. Fernando Gallard, the director of media relations for the district, says that cuts will be made in operating costs, not in the budgets of the schools themselves. He explained that jobs would be shuffled around, basically realigning the […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Last Tuesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new West Philadelphia High School. Located just a few steps from the current building, the new facility will replace what was once West Catholic High School for Boys at 49th and Chestnut streets. The 72,000-square-foot, three-story building will house state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, two gyms, […]

 By Herry Pierre-Louis

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Kensington: Issues in Educating Latino Students

Karla Mota hectically runs back and forth through the Youth United for Change office carrying stacks of statistics. Hurrying to finish up her day’s work before she heads home, Mota, 17, understands the importance of her and her fellow youth leader’s assignments. Mota attends Kensington CAPA High School and has been a leader with Youth […]

 By Jeff Craven

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

North Central: A School Tries to Make a Difference

Linn Vaughters is in the last place she thought she’d be when she started her career: North Philadelphia. As a private school teacher, she held a negative view toward Philadelphia’s school systems that stemmed from her parents, both teachers in the School District of Philadelphia for decades.  So when a friend she ran into by […]

 By Danielle Harvey

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

Fairhill: Breaking Down Language Barriers

On a cold and overcast Thursday morning, a group of dedicated students file into a drafty gymnasium on the fourth floor of The Lighthouse, a community organization on Lehigh Avenue. On one side of the gym, basketballs lie scattered across the floor, and a few of the students pick them up and haphazardly toss them into […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

Nicetown-Tioga: With Failing Schools, Kids Find Help

In the concrete jungle of North Philadelphia, amid the broken sidewalks, fading stop signs and aging brownstones, stands a refreshingly out-of-place building. Its small garden peels back from the sidewalks of the quiet block. The refurbished warehouse and former conveyor belt storage unit no longer looks like the industrial building it once was. Instead, the […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Tears fell amidst empty desks and rules of grammar chalk-written on the blackboard.   Candace Morris held back more as she spoke of the Salesian tradition of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. “We try to teach our students […] that you’re not expected to be everything; you’re only expected to be who you are […]

 By: Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Computer access can be taken for granted by Blackberry-wielding e-mailers, but for many people, getting to a computer is not so effortless. Libraries, community and recreation centers play a primary function, giving residents in urban neighborhoods access the Internet as well as many other services. In Brewerytown, residents have been able to utilize the resources […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

How Kensington Learns

How Kensington Learns

The Philadelphia school system has a laundry list of problems. Overcrowding, attendance, dropouts, literacy, lack of extracurriculars and cutbacks that lead to music and arts programs being dropped are just some of the complaints against inner-city schools. Effects last after public education. Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are functionally illiterate. There are optimists. “We just had […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Officer Raul Ortiz looked like a man completely comfortable in his profession and at ease with his surroundings. As we began our drive through one of the busiest districts in the city, one of the few that has their own radio band, it was only a short amount of time before my feeling of excitement […]