by Dale Mezzacappa
The Philadelphia School District hired a record 1,414 teachers since the spring, opening the year with fewer vacancies than any time in recent memory – just 24 in more than 260 schools.
The unprecedented hiring spree was inspired by Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s determination to eliminate the situation that has become the norm in Philadelphia schools – thousands of city students who lack qualified teachers in core subjects each year.
Mon. Oct. 5. Introduction to Word and the Internet. 6:30 p.m. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Library, 1901 Vine St. Learn how to create a document and find quality information on the Internet. Space is limited to 12 people. Tickets are available at the Parkway Central Library main lobby desk 30 minutes before each class. A Free Library of Philadelphia library card is required to receive a ticket. For information, call 215-686-5322.