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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
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May 21, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Haverford Middle School teacher was charged yesterday after allegedly pointing a starter pistol at a 13-year-old student's head last week and threatening to "kill this girl" following horseplay in a classroom after school. The eighth-grade math teacher, identified by police as George Trabosh, 44, of Norristown, was charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person, and will be notified by summons. A hearing is scheduled for May 30 in Haverford District Court.
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June 8, 1995 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As a group of adult visitors entered the Camden, N.J., public elementary school classroom, the roomful of young students barely looked up. Instead, with eyes fixed on the classroom teacher, the students watched for a hand-signal instruction. With a simple wave of the teacher's hand, the students silently and immediately closed their books and folded their hands on their desks to await further instruction. The sense of complete control struck classroom visitor James Brunswick, organizer for the Network for Congregational Development (NCD)
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April 4, 1990 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
A photography instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in Center City was wounded in a classroom Monday night when a bullet came through a wall from an adjacent classroom and struck him in the arm. The 29-year-old instructor was treated at Hahnemann University Hospital and released in good condition. His name was withheld by police, hospital and institute officials. Leo Orsino, vice president of the institute, 1622 Chestnut St., said the instructor was teaching a color photography class to about 15 students when the shot was fired.
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March 12, 1992 | By Sonia R. Lelii, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Cinnaminson's Board of Education introduced a broad policy last week that prohibits teachers from engaging in political activities concerning controversial or sensitive issues within school buildings and during classroom time. Complaints about classroom politicking surfaced in recent months, when several parents and residents said teachers were using students as pawns during contract negotiations and budget deliberations. More recently, when the district faced severe program and personnel cuts, some parents strongly objected to their children being used as messengers to distribute literature that contained information on the budget cuts.
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April 11, 1989 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Buck was in full crossing-the-roaring-creek regalia. Tibetan cap with hanging ear flaps. White underdrawers, worn as Bermuda shorts, with red hearts rampant. Ankle boots, soaked under the water roaring thigh-high against him. Not what one normally wears to a classroom. Not the normal classroom. But out in northwestern Chester County on Friday, in the woods of Hibernia Park north of Coatesville, the 12-year-old was in a classroom. So were the 35 other seventh graders and their two teachers from Radnor Township Middle School, a Delaware County public school.
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May 6, 1990 | By Larisa Kuntz, Special to The Inquirer
The 20 sixth graders looked shyly at each other in the Newtown Junior High School classroom and tried to suppress giggles. Guest speaker Bill Mauro waited for an answer. Two ways that the virus that causes AIDS can be transmitted already were written clearly in yellow chalk on the board. There was only one other obvious answer left. The hum of the fan in the silent classroom was beginning to sound louder and louder when one brave soul spoke out the word sex to complete the list of answers.
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February 27, 1986 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
Sarah Caputo and Jill Harkinson, both classmates at Shady Grove Elementary School in Whitpain, were up to their elbows in hot pink paint earlier this week. They also got some on their cheeks, noses and foreheads. "Keep going," professional artist Barbara Hagendorf urged as the pair worked on a mural at the school with other fourth and fifth graders. "Now start the other one. It looks really wonderful," she said. The project is part of an artist-in-residence program at the school.
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August 15, 2016
Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history at New York University and is the author of "Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know" (Oxford University Press), which will be published in September In 1938, the philosopher Alexander Meiklejohn called on America's schoolteachers to address controversial political issues in their classrooms. Teachers should not shy away from discussing unemployment relief, labor unions, or other pressing questions of the day, Meiklejohn wrote. But neither should they impose their personal views on students, who must remain free to come to their own conclusions.
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May 15, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
When seeing the success of West Deptford senior Samantha Budd, one has to look beyond all the goals, although that isn't always easy to do. She has been a scoring machine in lacrosse since her freshman year. The goals, now at 209 and counting, shouldn't define her, but they do give an indication about her effectiveness. The goals are a big part, no doubt, but this is somebody who is also the equivalent of a 200-goal scorer in the classroom. Budd is ranked No. 10 in her class academically, and here is a sample of the advanced placement classes she is taking: physics, computer science, English, and calculus.
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May 14, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
For her 50th birthday party last fall, Patty Smith decided not to ask for presents for herself. Instead, the 14-year veteran of the Philadelphia School District asked for a gift for her third graders at Anderson Elementary School. Anderson, in West Philadelphia, has no art teacher; the position has sat vacant all school year. So Smith asked friends and family to donate money to bring the Claymobile - a traveling ceramic arts program - to her classroom. On Thursday night, Smith's students exhibited their work and got a chance to see their creations for the first time after they had been fired in the kiln.
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April 6, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
An arbitrator has ruled that the School District of Philadelphia owes money to former nonteaching assistants who took assignments in special-education classrooms. Ralph Teti, an attorney for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, received the arbitrator's decision Friday. He said the ruling would affect 50 to 60 staffers and could cost the district more than $1 million. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said he could not comment because it was an active legal matter. In the past, the district has appealed some arbitration decisions to the Court of Common Pleas.
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February 7, 2016
The School District of Philadelphia may lack proper funding, but the United States' eighth-largest public school system has never wanted for dedicated teachers. For many of the city's Cold War kids, Helen Cheyney Bailey stands at the front of the class. Born in Philadelphia and educated in its public schools, Bailey (1897-1978) initially dreamed of being a writer. A scholarship to Radcliffe College seemed to offer the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate a chance at a life of letters.
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January 31, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan and Patricia Madej, STAFF WRITERS
Three students at Benjamin Franklin High School were taken into police custody after a handgun was found at the school on Friday afternoon. The school was placed on lockdown in the early afternoon, when someone reported hearing a gunshot inside the building and a shell casing was found in a stairwell, police said. Police found the handgun after SWAT teams and the highway patrol responded to the school around 12:30 p.m. The students who were taken into custody left the school in handcuffs shortly before 2 p.m. It was unclear exactly how each had been involved in the incident, police said.
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January 14, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Neshaminy High School teacher and coach who had been on leave since an alleged head-butting incident during a basketball game this month has returned to the classroom, the Neshaminy School District said in a statement Tuesday. Jerry Devine had been on administrative leave after video surfaced of him evidently head-butting a referee during his team's 49-42 loss to visiting Pennsbury High School. Devine, who teaches history and algebra, is in his 15th year at Neshaminy, according to his biography on the school's website.
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January 12, 2016 | BY KRISTEN A. GRAHAM, Staff Writer
NEARLY HALFWAY into the school year, Harding Middle School has six teaching vacancies - the same number it has had since September. Some open positions have been filled along the way, longtime Harding teacher Bernadette MacDonald said, but others have cropped up, leading to overstuffed classes and an atmosphere that "makes it harder and harder to stay," even for veterans. "We had one teacher quit to go sell tacos at a taco truck," said MacDonald, a sixth-grade teacher at the Frankford school.
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December 27, 2015 | Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
Davis can neither ice skate nor swim. She seems to excel at nearly everything she tries, though: dancing, singing, choreography, kung fu. She is a Grammy-nominated producer. She hosted a nationally syndicated PBS cooking program in the 1970s, and has been enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution for her work on that show. Perhaps most remarkably, Davis has for a half-century - 50 full years - been a beloved teacher in the Philadelphia School District. With verve and passion, she runs the dance department at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and, at 71, has no plans to retire.
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