Education: CAPA’s Dorina Morrow Hits a High Note with Students

Education: CAPA’s Dorina Morrow Hits a High Note with Students

Despite taking her turn as a backup singer for artists such as Celine Dion and Michael Bolton, Dorina Morrow demurs when asked to sing in the middle of her office. Morrow, the vocal director at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in South Philadelphia, is more excited to hear her students perform. […]

 

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

“One band. One sound. And the beat goes on,” said Dunbar Promise Academy Principal Dawn Moore of her dedication to unity amongst herself, her school and her community. In her position, Moore wears many hats – school leader, community powerhouse and change advocate. However, for the past six years she’s focused her energy on revitalizing […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: The Race for Mayor and The Potential Impact on the Arts in Schools

Arts & Entertainment: The Race for Mayor and The Potential Impact  on the Arts in Schools

As we get closer and closer to the Philadelphia mayoral election, one of the focal points of discussion will be the candidate’s plans for bettering education in Philadelphia. Yearly budget cuts have plagued schools, resulting in layoffs, lack of adequate supplies and the removal of after school programs. Many outside organizations with a connection to the arts are […]

 

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

South Philadelphia: Voices of Violence

For five years, Trang Dang has been labeled a victim. “For me, the definition is very hazy,” she said. “But people have always identified me as a victim of violence, so I was like, ‘OK, I guess I was one.’” On Dec. 3, 2009, the day that a wave of anti-Asian racial violence burst through […]

 

Poverty Beat: Philly Students Challenge Budget Cuts

Poverty Beat: Philly Students Challenge Budget Cuts

Two years after Governor Tom Corbett’s initial budget cuts 23 of Philadelphia’s public schools closed their doors leaving students, parents and teachers to face the chaos of an over-burdened education system. Earlier this month, many of those impacted by education budget cuts across Philadelphia rallied for what they say are impossible conditions. Since the cuts, more […]

 

Fishtown: Kids Rock Program Fills the Gaps in Musical Education

Fishtown: Kids Rock Program Fills the Gaps in Musical Education

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church sits on a cobblestone drive at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street: traditional grounds for a not-so traditional band. Inside the church, up two flights of stairs you will find a real-life School of Rock, where students fill the room, instruments in hand and personalities in flight. Jessica Craft, […]

 By Autumn Kelly, Jillian Mallon and Priscilla Ward

Spring Garden: Masterman Pushes Through Budget Cuts

Spring Garden: Masterman Pushes Through Budget Cuts

This school year the School District of Philadelphia is taking a long-term approach to savings and by doing so city schools face drastic budget cuts. “There is just a bare bones budget where you have enough for the teachers and the facility,” said Angelina Williams, president of the J.R. Masterman Home and School Association. The […]

 By Kathryn S. Schwartz

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

North Central: One Block, Two School Closures

[vimeo 65598762] North Central Philadelphia is being hit particularly hard by the School Reform Commission’s decision to close 23 schools, with five schools ordered to shut their doors at the end of the academic year. General John F. Reynolds Elementary School and Roberts Vaux High School  — located just one block apart — are among those […]

 By Autumn Kelly, Priscilla Ward and Jillian Mallon

Spring Garden: Schools Find Outside Funding to Alleviate Budget Cuts

Spring Garden: Schools Find Outside Funding to Alleviate Budget Cuts

[vimeo 65515022] Spring Garden Elementary School and Julia R. Masterman Middle and High School are prime examples of schools working to combat recent budget cuts from the School District of Philadelphia. Parents, students and businesses are working together to  ensure the basic educational needs of students are met. The proposed 2014 budget does not include enough funds […]

 By Max Pulcini

Kensington: The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools Grapple Budget Cuts

Kensington: The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools Grapple Budget Cuts

The Kensington Multiplex of High Schools is made up of four schools–Kensington Creative and Performing Arts, Kensington Health and Science Academy, Kensington High School for International Business and Kensington Urban Education Academy. Once one large and all-encompassing high school, community leaders dissolved the old Kensington High School into smaller schools and gave each institution a […]