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May 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margo Davidson made history four years ago when she became the first Democrat, the first female, and the first African American state representative in her Delaware County district. But since that election, the political landscape has changed. The district's lines have been redrawn and it is now solidly Democratic. Perhaps more significantly for Davidson, who is considered a somewhat unconventional Democrat, she has two challengers from her own party. Billy Smith, 39, a defense attorney and former Lansdowne Borough councilman, is campaigning against Davidson's vote to increase restrictions on abortion clinics and her support for school vouchers.
SPORTS
May 9, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Sectional title games in boys' and girls' basketball will be held on neutral courts at area colleges starting in 2016, according to a plan forwarded this week by the NJSIAA basketball committee. NJSIAA director Larry White said Wednesday the committee wants to implement the change in 2016 rather than 2015 to allow schools time to adjust schedules, especially with regard to the highly popular county tournaments in North and Central Jersey, as well as conference tournaments such as the Cape-Atlantic League's annual tournament.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli likes the school-choice program. But Burzichelli believes that the increasingly popular program has been used in some cases to destroy the competitive balance in high school sports. He plans to do something about that. Burzichelli on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation that would ensure that school-choice students play sports on their sending-district teams, not their choice teams, unless the sending district does not offer the sport.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA T. Milton Street Sr., who managed to wrest 24 percent of the Democratic vote from Mayor Nutter in 2011 despite having just finished a federal prison sentence, said on his Facebook page Sunday that he intends to run for mayor again in 2015. His post was accompanied by a picture of the Bartram High School "conflict resolution specialist" who was knocked unconscious by a student in March. Street, who attended a meeting at Bartram last week to discuss violence in the school, said he had organized the "414 community movement to stop the violence.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The best line about Gloucester Catholic's plan to build an athletic campus in Deptford Township came from former Rams baseball coach Dennis Barth, who speculated that his team would "really be good" with a new home field. Seeing as how Gloucester Catholic baseball has won four consecutive state titles and 18 state titles overall - more than twice as many as any other program - the Rams' pitchers, catchers, and hitters hardly seem to need much of an improved home-field advantage. They might get one anyway, based on plans the school unveiled Wednesday during a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the school's projected athletic facility adjacent to Rowan College of Gloucester County.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A case that became a national cause célèbre for public school choice ended Tuesday in Montgomery County Court with lesser charges, dismissed charges, and a restitution agreement. But there was no jail time for the mother and father of a child who attended a Lower Moreland school even though they lived in Philadelphia. "I admit I unlawfully enrolled my child in the Lower Moreland School District," Hamlet Garcia, 42, told Judge Garrett D. Page after pleading guilty to a lesser charge that averted a trial and a possible prison sentence if a jury had convicted him. "Even though you might want better schools," Page told Garcia, "you can't rip off the taxpayers" who finance the public education system in Lower Moreland.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day after Gov. Corbett nominated Farah Jimenez to the School Reform Commission, plaudits for the University of Pennsylvania-educated advocate for vulnerable families poured in Friday. "Smart, hardworking, and truly caring," said Mayor Nutter. Her "concern for children and our city will be a benefit for all of us. " Jimenez, 45, a 1990 graduate of Penn, and six years later of its law school, leads People's Emergency Center, a West Philadelphia nonprofit that provides services and shelter for homeless women and their children.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.
NEWS
October 6, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six of 27 school districts that sought state funding to receive students from other communities learned this week that their applications for a so-called choice designation had been rejected by the New Jersey Department of Education. They "were not approved because their applications didn't sufficiently address the questions in the application forms," department spokesman Michael Yaple said. "We didn't have enough information or the applications weren't complete. " Yaple said some responses to questions contradicted state law for admissions and lottery processes.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
ABOUT 20 PROTESTERS chanted outside a North Philadelphia charter school yesterday afternoon, claiming a group of visiting philanthropists were "deciding what education looks like in America, not the parents, not the students. " The activists from Fight for Philly and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools protested outside Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School on 19th Street near Erie Avenue, where attendees of a conference, "All of the Above: How Donors Can Expand a City's Great Schools," were taking a tour.
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