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May 13, 1997 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In November, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops asked subscribers to turn in ballots listing the kind of music they wanted to hear. In the final four programs of their 18th season, Nero and the Pops are giving the customers what they wanted. What they wanted comes under the heading of standards. Standards are called standards because they're played so often, but the way Nero and the Pops play them is anything but standard. Nero, a jazz pianist par excellence, makes standards sound fresh.
NEWS
January 24, 2001 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Philly-area drivers, already saddled with some of the highest auto inspection fees in the country, have just been hit with a surprise attack. In the past two weeks - without advance warning from PennDOT - thousands of vehicles have been tested under new pollution standards that will ultimately force many drivers to pay for additional repairs. "What's that going to mean? More money, more expense," said Pat Delmar, of Northeast Philadelphia, as she waited for her car at the Pep Boys on Street Road in Bensalem.
NEWS
December 5, 1996
Business groups are hot and bothered about the Clinton administration's new standards for clean air. An official of the National Association of Manufacturers dubbed the proposal "a hasty, throw-the-baby-out-with-the-bathwater response to unproven theories. " A leader of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry called the plan a "waste of money" that had members "stunned and outraged. " But these critics will have a hard time discrediting the benefits of higher clean-air standards - which are based on voluminous, peer-reviewed research.
NEWS
May 6, 1993 | By Wanda Motley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
State regulatory officials gave final approval yesterday to outcome-based education as the teaching model for Pennsylvania's public schools, clearing the way for school districts to decide how they will apply the new academic standards. A third of the state's 501 school districts have until September 1994 to provide the state Education Department with their strategic plans for implementing the program. Another third of the school districts must submit their plans by September 1995, and the final third a year later.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2010 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the heels of penalizing one natural gas operator $240,000 for contaminating water wells, Pennsylvania's top environmental official Thursday urged the industry to immediately adopt proposed new drilling standards rather than waiting for them to be formally enacted. John Hanger, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, summoned industry representatives to Harrisburg to discuss new construction standards for wells drilled to tap natural gas reserves. The new guidelines are designed to reduce the chance of incidents such as the one that has contaminated 14 water wells in the Susquehanna County town of Dimock.
NEWS
April 12, 1996 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
A state senator yesterday dished out a scathing denunciation of the Whitman administration's proposed new standards for what public school students should be expected to learn, saying that the standards were vague and unintelligible and asking that the proposal be shelved. But Education Commissioner Leo Klagholz defended the standards and the two-year process of crafting them, and expressed frustration that the criticisms came so late, because the state Board of Education is set to approve the standards May 1. The harangue by Sen. Gordon MacInnes (D., Morris)
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | By Raphael Lewis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Voices from across a broad spectrum addressed the need for stronger 911 legislation yesterday, including several county 911 directors and many telecommunications company representatives. But no voice was more powerful than John Polec's. Three years ago, his 16-year-old son, Eddie, was beaten to death on the steps of a church in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section - despite the 33 calls citizens placed to 911 for help. The case put the nation's eye on flaws in emergency communications systems and led to massive overhauls in Philadelphia's 911 system.
NEWS
May 2, 1996 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU Inquirer correspondent Maureen Fitzgerald contributed to this article
New Jersey's public school students must learn a foreign language, understand elements of calculus and develop an array of other skills in order to graduate under sweeping new curriculum standards the state Board of Education unanimously approved yesterday. The vote gave Gov. Whitman a significant victory in her bid to reshape the way the state allocates education dollars to school districts, and the standards will prod many districts to wholesale rewriting of their courses. "This is the first comprehensive definition of what each New Jersey student should know, and lays the groundwork for all our other policies," said Education Commissioner Leo F. Klagholz.
NEWS
October 1, 1998
By cracking down on smog, the Clinton administration has put people's health ahead of the pleas of high-polluting states and utility companies. Yes, it will cost an estimated $1.7 billion a year to implement last week's new standards for smog-producing nitrogen oxides, says the Environmental Protection Agency. But that's less than half of what the status quo costs in bronchitis, childhood asthma and other harms. The EPA says the new rules would raise the average electric bill by less than $1 a month - and prices may not rise at all because of deregulation and competition.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1994 | By John J. Fried, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not to spoil your year-end partying, but take notice: If you make, sell or conduct business in any way that affects the environment, a brand-new regulator soon may be at your company's front door. Moreover, you'll invite that newcomer to step right inside and influence everything from the raw materials you choose to the legibility of your internal documents. Because if you don't, by 2000 or so, the only place on the globe where you will be able to sell your goods or services may be the North Pole, experts say. What we are talking about is ISO 14000, the International Organization for Standardization's latest brainchild - a long list of stringent and far- reaching rules to assure corporate environmental responsibility.
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NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A tougher test - coupled with stricter standards for evaluating the students who take it - has prompted a steep decline in this year's scores on the state's main school-achievement exam, as well as a surge in the number of children failing to earn a "proficient" rating. The news that the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test scores fell for a fourth consecutive year has also sparked a growing debate over the fairness of using the falling scores from a changed test to evaluate teachers and struggling public schools.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Thursday disavowed the controversial Common Core education standards he once supported and directed his education commissioner to consider developing New Jersey-specific goals. Christie, a Republican considering running for president in 2016, had warned for months that he had "grave" concerns about the standards, which conservatives denounce as federal encroachment on the classroom. "We have to reject federal control of New Jersey's education," Christie told an audience of about 150 at Burlington County College.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighteen months after Gov. Christie reluctantly signed a law lifting the state's ban on edible medical marijuana - in response to parents of severely ill children who had lobbied for a kid-friendly form of cannabis - the administration is signaling a readiness to approve marijuana-infused tablets, drops, syrups, and other products. Michael Weisser, CEO of Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge and president of the state's dispensary operators association, said the issuance of standards last week will allow him to revive plans he made a year ago to manufacture edibles for children.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) called on the federal government Thursday to expedite the adoption of new standards for more robust oil-tank cars. Casey, in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said the agency should move quickly in its review of new railcar standards following the latest oil-train accident and explosion, Feb. 16 in West Virginia. "We want the administration to have a greater sense of urgency to get this out the door," Casey said in a conference call with reporters.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
From a Washington Township third grader to grandparents, educators, and parents, speaker after speaker at a public hearing Thursday rose to voice displeasure - or worse - with New Jersey's emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests. Most had come to complain about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new and controversial exam aligned with Common Core curriculum standards. It will be given to third through 11th graders statewide starting March 2. "PARCC is a not-yet validated test that is wasting valuable classroom time for both teachers and students," said Natalia Reyes, an Eastampton mother of three, speaking to a state student assessments study commission at Camden County College in Blackwood, where the hearing was held.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey's largest teachers' union launched a six-week television and online advertising campaign Tuesday featuring parents and teachers voicing their concerns about a controversial standardized test soon to be administered statewide. With the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) about to be presented to students in grades three through 11 starting March 1, the ads criticize standardized tests as causing stress in children, narrowing education, and taking time and resources from other subjects and programs.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
As a new, highly controversial standardized test draws near, the ranks of New Jersey parents opting their children out of the exam are growing, as is the number of school districts scrambling to draft policies on how to deal with the budding revolt. It's all about PARCC - the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two tests developed with $360 million in federal funds and aligned with the Common Core curriculum standards. PARCC's proponents say it is a more rigorous test than the New Jersey state tests it is replacing and will help achieve the goal of high school graduates who are career- and college-ready.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
What started out as a shared goal of improving academic standards to prepare students for college and the workforce has collided with ideological differences over states' rights and rigid opposition to President Obama. Caught in the middle is Gov. Christie, a possible presidential contender in 2016 who has made education reform a pillar of his tenure but who must be careful not to alienate potential conservative supporters now denouncing the standards as federal encroachment on the classroom.
NEWS
February 10, 2014
Pennsylvania's judiciary has produced a breathtaking run of scandal, from the highest court to the lowest (Philadelphia's Traffic Court); from kids sentenced for cash, the subject of a new documentary, to tickets fixed for crab cakes (Traffic Court again). It's small consolation, but consolation nevertheless, that it wasn't all for naught. As of July, the state's judges will be governed by a substantially strengthened Judicial Code of Conduct in line with national ethical standards. While the overhaul can't correct all the judiciary's flaws - especially the elections at the root of its problems - the new standards address many of the shortcomings revealed by the scandals of recent years.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jim McLaughlin first learned about federal efficiency standards for lightbulbs - and that incandescents would change or go away - he had but one thought: Stockpile! Two years ago, the Broomall resident bought cases of bulbs. Wednesday, as the final phase of standards kicks in, his inventory has lessened. But at age 71, he figures - and hopes - his bulbs will outlast him. "We have none of the new-generation bulbs in our house, and I plan to keep it that way," he said, adding not quite facetiously, "I'm a grumpy old man. I don't want anyone telling me what to do. " In nearby Wallingford, energy efficiency aficionado David Director is ecstatic about the new bulbs.
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