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April 17, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two days before the School Reform Commission was scheduled to vote on closing Beeber Middle School, parent Katherine Stokes' phone rang. Beeber was spared, Stokes and others in the community said. It's been a roller-coaster ride for the school, which was not on the Philadelphia School District's initial closing list, but got put on a revised list, along with M.H. Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia. Officials informed the Beeber community Tuesday that it was being taken off the closing list.
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April 6, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Two schools spent Thursday morning in lockdown as a SWAT team descended on the city's Feltonville section in response to a fabricated story by four adolescent students who said they were victims of a gun incident, authorities said. The children, ages 10 through 13, students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, falsely accused a woman of pointing a "long gun" at them as they were walking to school, according to police. Authorities took the report seriously, letting no one in or out of the middle school or Barton Elementary, a kindergarten-through-second grade school on the same campus.
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April 6, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A former administrator at Truebright Science Academy Charter School testified Thursday that the school lacked a curriculum, provided no services for students whose first language was not English, and told the Philadelphia School District it offered advanced courses that did not exist. During a hearing to determine whether Truebright deserves to have its charter renewed, Susan Farley-Ellison detailed the North Philadelphia school's academic shortcomings. Farley-Ellison, the school's supervisor of curriculum and instruction in 2010-11, said the school had textbooks but lacked a curriculum because the charter's chief executive told her the school could not afford one. She said the school did not have a program for students whose first language was not English.
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April 5, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two schools spent Thursday morning in lockdown as a SWAT team descended on the city's Feltonville section Thursday, all in response to a fabricated story by four adolescent students who said they were victims of a gun incident, authorities said. The children, ages 10 through 13, students at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, falsely accused a woman of pointing a "long gun" at them as they were walking to school, according to police. Authorities took the report seriously, letting no one in or out of the middle school or Barton Elementary, a kindergarten through second grade school on the same campus.
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March 27, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
METAL DETECTORS in elementary schools? Hell, yeah. Think that's a knee-jerk reaction? Well, not any more than the hand-wringing over the - gasp - sorry state of our society if we'd - shudder - stoop to such a thing. The reaction to Philadelphia school officials merely discussing the idea was typical: What message would it send? What proof is there that they work? There has to be another way. Safety doesn't come from metal detectors. It comes from community, good parenting . . . the Easter Bunny.
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March 11, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nan Weinberg's son, a fifth grader at James Johnson Elementary School in Cherry Hill, had been convinced that he wanted to go to Beck Middle School next year. " 'I don't even want to think about Rosa,' " Weinberg recalls her son, Cole, saying, dismissing his other option for middle school in the district. After attending an open house at Rosa International Middle School, however, he changed his mind. "He just felt more comfortable there," Weinberg said. He couldn't get too excited, though.
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March 9, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two area teenagers - a Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - won honorable mentions in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced Thursday. "What's the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?" was the question students were asked to answer for this year's contest. Alexander Merker of Downingtown East asked President Obama to address Iran and nuclear weapons in his winning documentary video, Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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March 8, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Downingtown High School East senior and a Cherry Hill High School East ninth grader - earned "honorable mention" in C-SPAN's national StudentCam competition, contest officials announced today. For this year's contest, students were asked to answer the question: "What's the most important issue the President should consider in 2013?" Alexander Merker of Downingtown High East asked President Obama to address the issue of Iran and nuclear weapons in his documentary video, "Iran and America NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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February 22, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey asked about 600 Philadelphia middle school students Wednesday to raise a hand if they had ever seen a Phillies game. Nearly everyone in the auditorium did. He noted that a packed Citizens Bank Park holds about 44,000 people, then asked the students to imagine an additional 16,000, for 60,000. That, he said, is the number of U.S. students each day who stay out of school because they are being bullied. "Now that's a big crowd," he said. Casey (D., Pa.)
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January 17, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Wissahickon school board voted Monday to close an elementary school despite fierce opposition from parents, local officials, a state legislator, and a federal civil rights investigation. By any measure, Mattison Avenue Elementary in Ambler is an outlier. It serves only grades K-3, an antiquated model that complicates the district's operations. Students have to transfer to another elementary school in fourth grade and to middle school in sixth grade. The outdated building serves only 176 students, and has a single room doubling as gym and cafeteria.
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