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; […]Read more "Mentoring Matters Greatly!!!!"
Published in the Delaware County (PA) Daily Times Thursday, June 3, 2021 By Joseph Batory Pennsylvania has not provided its fair share of funding for public education for many years. And Pennsylvania’s day in court is fast approaching. This much anticipated lawsuit is now tentatively scheduled for September 9 in Commonwealth Court. The Education Law […]Read more "Pennsylvania’s Schools Deserve Better!!"
In 1988, as a relatively new superintendent of schools in the Upper Darby School District who remembered all too well his days of growing up poor in Philadelphia, Joseph Batory decided to make a positive difference each year for a worthy graduate of Upper Darby High School. He initiated his own personally funded scholarship that […]Read more "Joseph Batory Scholarship Awarded for the 33rd Consecutive Year!!!"
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 […]Read more "The lessons of a father!"
Published in the Delaware County Daily Times Friday, April 2, 2021 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist Audrey Hepburn owns a gigantic legacy among Hollywood actresses. Her accomplishments included what few in her profession have ever achieved: an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony. And she always “turned heads” with her special kind of […]Read more "Beyond Her Superb Acting Prowess…An Inspiration for All of Us"
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 […]Read more "Why I Believe in Angels!"
Published in the Delaware County (PA) Daily Times Monday, February 22, 2021 By Joseph Batory, Times Columnist It is an ugly piece of USA history that had been buried in our history books, an era of racial discrimination for about 100 years after the Civil War until 1968. Restrictive laws and policies marginalized African Americans […]Read more "Blatant Discrimination Could Not Overcome Patriotism and Heroism"
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 […]Read more "Upper Darby’s Magical GALA!!!"
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 […]Read more "Wigilia: The Polish Christmas Eve Tradition"
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 […]Read more "Education in the Pandemic"