Alexander Cintro was cool with Ben Franklin High. He had friends, his niche in ROTC and his goals. Then came a wave of new students, loss of staff due to budget cuts, turmoil in the halls and fights outside the lunchroom. Connie Langland reports on a school transformed.
When school opened in September, officials at the Philadelphia School District expected 135,000 students to walk in the doors. Only 131,000 did. Where did those 4,000 missing students go? Two months later answers have emerged.
With little fanfare, Superintendent William Hite imposed new work rules on district teachers today (Wednesday, Oct. 16), ending the practice of filling vacancies through seniority only. The decision had an immediate impact.
City officials said Town Watch volunteers would be present the first day of the new school year, to ease the concerns of parents whose children were attending new schools for the first time. We have a report from West Philadelphia.