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October 18, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
  Furious over the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's move to unilaterally cancel its teachers' contract, 3,000 people shut down North Broad Street on Thursday, vowing more disruptive action if the panel's action is not undone. The eyes of the nation are on Philadelphia, said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, in town for a massive rally held before an SRC meeting. "Philly is ground zero for injustice," Weingarten told the crowd of sign-waving teachers, counselors, nurses, and supporters.
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October 24, 2014 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
Seventy-five schoolchildren will be learning how to slice onions, cook pasta, roast vegetables, and make dinners like stuffed peppers and homemade tomato soup this fall as My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program continues to expand and evolve in its fourth season. The mission remains the same as when the lessons began with my own daughter: teaching kids to cook simple, healthful, delicious meals on a budget. Thirty-two volunteers - most of them Inquirer readers who wrote in after reading about the program - will begin teaching 15 afterschool classes around the city and across the river in Camden.
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June 30, 2010 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small high schools came to Philadelphia in a big way four years ago, when four new ones opened their doors. Less than three miles apart, High School of the Future in Parkside and Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Center City had vastly different beginnings. Expectations for both were high. Both awarded their first diplomas this month. But although leadership was identified as key to both, one had turmoil at the top and the other had a stable principal. Though both emphasized technology and were given freedom to innovate, one kept a close eye on district standards and the other initially veered from the path.
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April 3, 2013 | By Ibrahim Barzak and Dalia Nammari, Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Starting with the new school year in September, Gaza boys and girls in middle and high school will be breaking the law if they study side by side. Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers argue that new legislation, mandating gender separation in schools from age 9, enshrines common practice. But women's activists warned Tuesday that it's another step in what it sees as the Hamas agenda of imposing its fundamentalist world view on Gaza's 1.7 million people. The Gaza rules appear harsh compared to Western practice but are not unusual in parts of the Arab and Muslim world.
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April 30, 2013 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
IN 1939, a 6-year-old boy moved to Detroit with his working-class parents - Lithuanian Jewish immigrants - and walked into the remarkable engine that propelled so much of America's prosperity in the 20th century, his neighborhood public school. That kid, Eli Broad, graduated from Detroit Central High School in 1951 and went on to become one of the world's richest people, a billionaire who made his fortune first in the post-World War II housing boom and later in insurance. Today, the 79-year-old Broad (it rhymes with "road")
NEWS
June 4, 2007
What qualities are important for a new Philadelphia schools chief? We'd like to hear from Philadelphia residents in 150 words or less. E-mail us at suburbanletters@phillynews.com or write us at Regional Commentary Page, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 800 River Rd., Conshohocken, Pa., 19428. All letters must include a full name, home address, and day and evening phone numbers.
NEWS
December 27, 2005
Let me commend you for reporting that "the Eastern PA Organizing Project, a faith-based and community group... " rebuked the School District of Philadelphia. Faith groups can and should rebuke secular organizations, for faith groups are better at changing lives than secular organizations. We are accountable to the God who made us, whereas secular organizations leave out God all together. The only hope for improving the educational system in America is impacting the Word of God upon it. Thomas Muldoon, Philadelphia
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December 14, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
SUPERINTENDENT William R. Hite Jr., saying he had "few options," announced Thursday that the School District will recommend closing 37 schools as part of a plan to establish "a school system that is better run, safer and higher performing. " Calling it "a historic moment," Hite said his recommendations also included changing the grade levels of 23 schools and making other program changes affecting another seven. The total savings for the district could be up to $28 million beginning in 2014-15, he said.
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July 15, 2013 | By Michelle Faul, Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria - Shaking a finger while cradling an assault rifle, the leader of Nigeria's extremist Islamic sect threatened to burn down more schools and kill teachers. But he denied that his fighters were killing children. In a new video released Saturday, Islamic radical Abubakar Shekau said he "fully supports" attacks on several schools in recent weeks. The U.N. Children's Fund says at least 48 students and seven teachers have been killed since June, with some burned alive this month in a dormitory.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
THIRTY-ONE days just became seven. If City Council doesn't move on certifying $50 million in proceeds from the sales tax to the School District by next Friday, Superintendent William Hite says he will be unable to open the schools on Sept. 9. So the daily countdown of time remaining in the standoff between the schools and the state and city lawmakers who have fallen short of finding the money the schools need to open has just been shortened. More to the point, Hite has finally introduced the nuclear option.
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October 24, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Sept. 13 at Upper Darby High School, 182 students took the ACT college readiness exam, then began anxiously awaiting their scores. They're still waiting. ACT Inc. confirmed on Wednesday that the students' test sheets are missing and that it has been unable to find them, despite searching for two weeks. "It's these kids' worst nightmare," said Bari Krein, whose daughter, a senior at Lower Merion High School, came to her at 4 a.m. worried about how the lost tests would affect her college search, she added.
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October 24, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
A day after the search for Eric Frein led authorities to search school buildings in Monroe County, Pa., students have returned to class. The Pocono Mountain School District resumed classes Wednesday as the manhunt continued nearby. Frein, charged with killing one state trooper and wounding another, may have been spotted near Pocono Mountain East High School on Friday and Monday, police said. Schools were closed Tuesday as state police and FBI teams searched all Pocono Mountain School District buildings on its campus in Swiftwater.
FOOD
October 24, 2014 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
Seventy-five schoolchildren will be learning how to slice onions, cook pasta, roast vegetables, and make dinners like stuffed peppers and homemade tomato soup this fall as My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program continues to expand and evolve in its fourth season. The mission remains the same as when the lessons began with my own daughter: teaching kids to cook simple, healthful, delicious meals on a budget. Thirty-two volunteers - most of them Inquirer readers who wrote in after reading about the program - will begin teaching 15 afterschool classes around the city and across the river in Camden.
SPORTS
October 23, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
MIKE MURPHY is an old-school coach with an old-school crew cut. Murphy coaches football at Haverford School, an old-school old school on a picture postcard campus, banners everywhere proclaiming its mission, "Preparing Boys for Life. " It's college prep. All boys. The kids must wear ties and jackets to class. Every day. They grumble about that. "We wear black cleats, and they're not happy about that," Murphy confessed. "I'm old-school. I'm a huge Notre Dame fan, and they've gone to those flashy blue-and-gold cleats, and I'm not thrilled about that.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
PENNSYLVANIA'S charter-school funding formula is unfair and damaging to the Philadelphia School District, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said in a report issued yesterday. The Controller's Office conducted an analysis of the district's 86 charter schools and found that charters had a total fund balance of $117 million last year, while the district had a $68 million deficit. The report concludes that the current formula for tuition reimbursements and special education does not factor in the district's real costs or what charter schools actually spend.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Frein may have been spotted in the woods by a police officer Monday afternoon. But the man dressed in green quickly disappeared out of sight into the dense forest near the Swiftwater, Pa., post office, police said. "A search of the area was conducted, but no one was located," State Trooper Tom Kelly said of the sighting. The Pocono Mountain School District was closed Tuesday as the search continued for Frein, the alleged killer of a trooper who has evaded capture for more than five weeks.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU CITY KIDS don't know what it's like to have to go out in the back yard and kill your own food. Florence Kelley might have used words to that effect when describing her upbringing on a farm in Abbeville, S.C. Florence was up at the crack of dawn to feed the chickens and milk the cows and lead them out to pasture. The farm animals also provided food for the table, and somebody had to go out there and get it. "She told us we were lucky not to have to kill our own food," her family said.
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October 22, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A COMMON PLEAS judge yesterday blocked the School Reform Commission and the school district from imposing new economic terms to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers contract. Judge Nina Wright Padilla, without explanation, ruled in favor of a preliminary injunction sought by the PFT that would stay all changes to members' health-care plans, previously announced by the SRC. PFT president Jerry Jordan said immediately after the emergency hearing: "The judge's decision, we're pleased with it. " The district told the court it would appeal the decision.
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's the value of a high school education? Recent U.S. Census data says it's worth at least $10,386 - the difference between the average income of high school graduates and the income earned by dropouts. Seeking to help county residents earn high school diplomas - and potentially more money - the Camden County Library System has enlisted in a New Jersey State Library-aided program that offers a second chance to dropouts. The Career Online High School (COHS) program, which has brought a slew of new laptops to the county library system, can accommodate up to 35 county library card holders who are at least 19 years and have completed their freshman year of high school before dropping out. First to enroll in the program was Nancy Torres, 29, of Camden.
NEWS
October 21, 2014
L INDSEY SCANNAPIECO, 28, of South Philadelphia, is managing partner and principal of Scout Ltd., which redevelops vacant properties. It recently won a competition to redevelop the vacant, eight-story Edward W. Bok Technical High School, on 9th Street near Mifflin. The daughter of prominent condo/apartment developer Tom Scannapieco, the Philly native moved back in June after five years in London. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Scout? A: I founded a company in London in 2011 and worked on projects to repurpose vacant, unused spaces.
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