#1 Shouldn't oversight for disciplinary schools be higher, not more lax, because these are kids who have proven they are on the wrong track and need closer monitoring. I.E. if the kids need enhanced monitoring, logically it follows that the finances and qualifications of the teachers and administrators do as well
#2 Who the hell takes a job in a disciplinary school under federal investigation that just fired all of its teachers for talking about funny business with their paychecks? "Hmmm School X just fired all of their teachers for blabbing about how they promised Y amount of pay and they all got shortchanged. I'll take a job there and trust they won't do the same thing to me." Clearly not the brightest bulbs are going for this job.
As for #1, yes you would think so. But as with so many things involving the SRC and 440, this is all about money for the politically connected; not about education.
District severs ties with alternative school provider
Attorney Alan E. Casnoff, who represents Delaware Valley, disputed the district's claim and said negotiations are ongoing.
"There are some very open legal issues due to the timing of the notice, and the appropriateness of the notice," Casnoff said. "Their position may be that it's closed. Mine is that it's not."
“Guys like you I would dispatch with my roofing axe.” -- BootsywannabeACretin
Two thoughts come to mind. One is that this is the beauty of using contractors. If you're unhappy with how they do business, you have the option of not renewing their contract. It's so much easier and cleaner than keeping failed schools (or other government service providers) open hoping that the pigs feeding at the trough will figure out that the people that pay the bills to keep the lights on are disgusted with the operations' performance while everyone hopes that things will miraculously change for the better, despite decades of poor performance. The second is that this opens up a $25k per month hole in Mark Sherman's cash flow and open this site to possible redevelopment.
And so the worm turns.
Last edited by billy ross; 08-22-2012 at 07:26 PM.
U.S. Rep. C. Fattah needs to answer to the community for dumping this thing on our waterfront. He has no compunctions whatsoever about crapping in his own backyard.
The "school" was misrepresented to begin with so I am glad it is gone! When people came to my door with a petition, they flatly denied that it was a discipline school. A real discipline school has guards and strict discipline. I refused to sign the petition but who listens to me anyway? SDP wasted a lot of money at that location and continues to take money from neighborhood schools with charters that are politically connected. The stolen funds, lack of oversight and lack of positive results is disgraceful. The state is trying their best to destroy SDP. As a tax payer and former teacher, I resent the whole situation. I am really glad that I don't have any kids to educate right now. I wouldn't want to do it in Philly. I believe in public education, my daughter went to public schools, and I worked my butt off for 31+ years in the system. The kids of Philly deserve better!
Someone in the comments of the article pointed out that, based on the reflection in his glasses, it appears Mr. Shulick took the accompanying photo himself.
There is an article on Philly.com now too. School owner says former employees incited violence
That location would be great for a small market like Whole Foods or Trader Joes. It's going to be prime retail real estate with the development of Ridge Flats....a girl can only dream!
Yes, yes, 1000 times yes.
There have been fantastic sites available in Roxborough, petitions signed, etc. and they're just not interested in this area.