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December 6, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Many in public education have long argued they are fighting a war against conservative interests that want traditional urban schools abandoned rather than improved so that charters and private academies can replace them. The argument gains credibility when you consider how badly the Pennsylvania Department of Education has messed up the Chester Upland School District. Now it is trying to remove Joe Watkins, the district's chief recovery officer, from the position he was appointed to by former state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis in August 2012.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
The lesson for the day was about rhythm, but first-grade teacher Mindy Nguyen wasn't using music alone to impart the concept. Nguyen read a poem and showed a painting depicting life in a city, then fired probing questions at the 21 youngsters sitting on the floor around her. Can you hear how the city sounds? What feeling does it give you? What does the color red in the painting tell you about the city? If they didn't quite get the connections she was trying to make about rhythm, they were learning a slew of new vocabulary words and an important educational lesson: Art is more than just pretty pictures.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's top education official asked a court Monday to remove Chester Upland School District receiver Joe Watkins, saying he had failed to implement a recovery plan aimed at digging the struggling district out of debt and improving its academic performance. Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq asked Delaware County Court to replace Watkins with Francis V. Barnes, a former state secretary of education. It would be the first time a state receiver has been replaced under the current law, said Education Department spokesman Tim Eller.
SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
  Widener took a commanding third-quarter lead and held off a comeback attempt from visiting Christopher Newport (8-4) for a 37-27 victory in the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. The Pride (12-0) will face Linfield Saturday at a site to be determined in the national quarterfinals.   Division II Concord (W.Va.) 51, West Chester 36 - Golden Rams QB Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) finished 25 for 43 for 341 yards and three TDs while Brandon Monk (Avon Grove)
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sobriety checkpoints popped up throughout Pennsylvania the day before Thanksgiving to crack down on impaired drivers during the holiday, one of the biggest travel periods of the year. During last year's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays, 1,072 of the crashes in the state involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-five people died. West Chester is working to make sure servers and sellers of alcohol know their responsibilities under the law during the holidays and throughout the year.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester High School freshman Jameisha Johnson is the first to admit that school was not working for her. She struggled academically, had serious behavioral issues, and was placed in an alternative-school program. Then two Widener University professors and their cadre of student tutors stepped in with a pilot program aimed at increasing literacy for at-risk students, simultaneously providing hands-on experiences for their education majors. "My grades went up. My behavior improved.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boarded-up homes served as stash houses for drugs. Vacant lots were filled with trash. Children took detours on their way home from school to avoid the area. Those images defined a neighborhood for years, making Madison and Rose Streets some of the most dangerous in the city of Chester. Today, Christmas lights and wreaths hang from brick rowhouses. Freshly painted red doors have replaced the wooden boards that covered the abandoned properties. A park with benches and flower boxes fills a plot of land that was known as a meeting place for drug dealers.
SPORTS
November 28, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
A YEAR AGO West Chester did something it hadn't done since 2006, which was win a playoff game on the road. The Rams (11-1) actually did it twice last season - at Bloomsburg and at Shepherd - before finally losing at Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II semifinals. Now, they're trying to do it again. Last week they beat Slippery Rock (9-3) at home in the opening round by 26. That earned them a trip to Athens, W.Va., to play unbeaten Concord tomorrow. The Mountain Lions, the top seed in Super Region One, have won 11 games for the first time since 1980 and are hosting a postseason game for the first time ever.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
After buying the Waldorf-Astoria, the General Motors Building, and billions of dollars of U.S. Treasury bonds, the Chinese may be looking to invest in something completely different - a broke and struggling school system. The head of the Chester Upland School District announced Wednesday that he would travel to China to work out a deal in which an elite school would pour up to a billion dollars into the Delaware County district, which is in state receivership, and the communities it serves.
SPORTS
November 9, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
West Chester running back Brandon Monk (Avon Grove) rushed for a career-high 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead West Chester (9-1, 8-1 PSAC) to a 35-24 victory over host East Stroudsburg (6-4, 5-4) Saturday. Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Widener 55, King's 6 - The unbeaten Pride (9-0, 8-0 MAC) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a rout of the host Monarchs (3-6, 3-5). Brandon Harper (Highland) led the defense with seven tackles.
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