Mentoring Matters Greatly!!!!

Published in the School Administrator Magazine…The official voice of the American Association of School Administrators January, 2022 By Joseph Batory When I finished high school in June of 1960, I saw three future choices:  One was to attend Philadelphia’s La Salle College (not then a university), which had accepted me for admission beginning in September; […]

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The lessons of a father!

Published by The Delaware County Daily Times The Daily Newspaper of Delaware County (PA)            Thursday, April 22, 2021 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist My father died in 1980 without ever knowing that his son would become a Superintendent of Schools. I am sure that the very idea would have delighted him, but he never […]

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Why I Believe in Angels!

Published in the Delaware County’s Daily Newspaper   Monday, March 22, 2021 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist During my lengthy tenure as Upper Darby’s superintendent of schools (1984-1999), Teresa Furey, the legendary president of the Upper Darby School Board, often lifted my spirits by telling me to “always keep believing in angels.” In fact, I did […]

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Upper Darby’s Magical GALA!!!

Published in the Delaware County Daily Times   Monday, January 25, 2021 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist During the 1990’s, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania began to underfund its fair share of public education as required by its own State Constitution. A 2020 analysis by Spotlight, an independent non-partisan newsroom, has revealed that over more than two […]

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Wigilia: The Polish Christmas Eve Tradition

Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Friday, December 25, 2020 Delaware County’s Daily Newspaper                  Wigilia… The Polish Christmas Eve Tradition! By Joseph Batory Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia translates to “Merry Christmas” in Polish. During my lifetime, Polish Christmases have of course always been filled with piety and joy.  But my most memorable experiences have […]

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Education in the Pandemic

Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Tuesday, November 24, 2020 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist H.L. Menken said it best when he noted that “for every complex problem there is a simple solution…and it is usually wrong.”  The pandemic in our nation has brought exceedingly difficult challenges to the task of educating our young […]

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