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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.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia schools will get a $15 million cash infusion Monday, but the money earmarked to buy books, fund teachers' salaries, and help struggling students may yet disappear. The School Reform Commission on Oct. 6 unilaterally canceled the teachers' contract and ordered 11,200 employees to begin paying for their health-care benefits on Dec. 15, a move officials said would save $54 million annually. But the health-care changes - and the savings - are not a done deal. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is fighting the SRC's actions in court, and a Common Pleas Court judge has issued a temporary injunction that halted the changes.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 26, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHARTER SCHOOL founder Dorothy June Brown voluntarily agreed yesterday to go to a federal prison for up to 30 days to undergo a mental-competency evaluation, as requested by federal prosecutors. The government's request followed a defense motion that asked for a competency hearing for Brown, 77. The defense motion was filed the week before Brown was to face a Sept. 8 retrial on charges that she defrauded two of the four charter schools she founded of about $6.3 million. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick postponed the retrial and ordered Brown to submit to a psychiatric and mental-competency evaluation, and then an additional psychological examination.
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
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
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
June 4, 2009 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
WOMELSDORF, Pa. - Infectious-disease investigators began this week the nitty-gritty phase of tracking back a flu outbreak among fourth graders: Who plays kickball with you? Who was coughing? During, say, arts and crafts, did you touch a piece of paper? Pass it? Lick it? A classroom seating chart already showed a cluster of sick kids. But members of the investigative team, most sent here to Berks County from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, needed more definitive evidence.
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NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
CALL IT a leap of faith or call it a risky move. The Philadelphia School District announced yesterday that it would distribute $15 million to schools on Monday from projected health-care savings with the teachers union, despite an injunction temporarily blocking the changes. Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright Padilla last week ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' request to stay all changes to their health-care benefits. The district and the School Reform Commission said they would appeal the decision.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
POLICE MADE a major break yesterday in a disturbing sexual-assault case involving four middle school students. Late yesterday afternoon, investigators arrested two 13-year-old boys who allegedly coerced an 11-year-old schoolmate at William Tilden Middle School into performing a sexual act on them earlier this month and filmed the encounter, a law-enforcement source said. Afterward, police said, the teens posted the video online. The boys - whose names are being withheld because they are minors - are being charged with rape, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and related offenses, the source said.
NEWS
October 29, 2014
Imagine buying a car and never doing routine maintenance. That's pretty much the case with Pennsylvania's charter-school law, which was passed back in 1997 and hasn't been touched since. In the meantime, the world of charters has changed dramatically. In 1998, charter enrollment in the state was just a blip on the screen. Today, 120,000 students statewide are enrolled in bricks-and-mortar or cyber charters, among them 67,000 students in Philadelphia alone. While charter operators and school boards disagree on many things, they both believe it is time to update the law. Last year, a bipartisan commission came up with a series of recommendations for a new law. Bills were duly introduced in the House and Senate, and that's where the issue has sat all year.
SPORTS
October 29, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
KEVIN CARTER is quite the concoction. The 5-10, 178-pound junior quarterback for the Haverford School has all the physical ingredients to befuddle opposing defenses. Start with a strong arm; then, sprinkle in some nimble feet, and go heavy on the breakaway speed. And poise; don't skimp on the poise. In fact, it's possible that Carter's best attribute isn't physical at all. The space between the Overbrook resident's ears - where he's learned to manage the game and harness his composure - is perhaps where his best attributes lie. "What I like about him is that we expected him to be our starter this season and sometimes a guy could get a little bit of a big head, but he never had that head-swell," said coach Mike Murphy.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A CROWD OF angry parents confronted the founder of Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School last night, demanding answers about yesterday's abrupt closing of the high school, affecting almost 300 students. Walter Palmer met with families inside a packed cafeteria at the school's Frankford campus, on Harbison Avenue near Sanger Street - the location of grades 5-12 - to explain the decision to close the high school immediately and help families of ninth- through 12th-graders find other school placements.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The embattled Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is closing its high school two months into the academic year. The move affects 286 students in ninth through 12th grades at the charter's secondary campus in Frankford. In an e-mail sent to staff Sunday, the school's chief administrative officer said the students would be welcome to transfer to West Philadelphia High School. A parents' meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday to explain that transfer process, as well as other options for students at district, charter, cyber and Catholic schools.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Ben Finley and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Parents of Central Bucks High School West football players expressed a variety of emotions Monday night during a private meeting with the school district's superintendent and the Bucks County district attorney, the first time officials have met with parents since the district canceled the rest of the football season over allegations of hazing. For more than an hour in the Doylestown school's auditorium, Superintendent David Weitzel addressed about 75 parents and took questions from the audience, said the father of a sophomore player who did not want to be identified.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robots playing hockey, even driving. Gaming gear that enables 3-D examination of human cells. The world's largest video game. These are part of the creative legacy of Drexel University. Then there's the experiment headquartered at Suite 402 in Drexel's Leonard Pearlstein Business Learning Center. "I call this a disruptive innovation in higher education," Donna De Carolis said of the goings-on she leads there. It's the new Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, the first such freestanding school in the nation to offer degrees - currently a bachelor's in entrepreneurship and innovation.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia schools will get a $15 million cash infusion Monday, but the money earmarked to buy books, fund teachers' salaries, and help struggling students may yet disappear. The School Reform Commission on Oct. 6 unilaterally canceled the teachers' contract and ordered 11,200 employees to begin paying for their health-care benefits on Dec. 15, a move officials said would save $54 million annually. But the health-care changes - and the savings - are not a done deal. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is fighting the SRC's actions in court, and a Common Pleas Court judge has issued a temporary injunction that halted the changes.
NEWS
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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