Just over 80 percent of Upper Darby Education Association members voted to reject the board's latest proposal which would have boosted teacher pay by almost 3 percent over the next four years - not nearly enough, union leaders argued, to stop the flight of the most highly trained educators to other, affluent nearby districts.
The Bucks County Catholic high school this fall became the first in the nation to connect its security cameras to a server with the AI software developed by start-up Athena Security, which is based mainly in Texas but was co-founded by a Cheltenham native, Chris Ciabarra, whose mother is a beloved retired teacher who taught chemistry at Archbishop Wood for decades.
Officials in the highly rated Chester County district said Michael Flick admitted to taking the drugs. He is charged, according to a criminal complaint, with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance and theft.
The Abington school board named its assistant superintendent, Jeffrey Fecher, as a finalist for its new superintendent. No other candidates were considered, angering some residents still smarting over the Sichel/Schwarzman debacle.
Negotiators for the 650-member Association of Catholic Teachers and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have scheduled last-minute talks seeking to reach a deal ahead of Wednesday's scheduled start of school for roughly 12,000 students - with major issues around pay and health care costs still unresolved.
Released just as more than 1.7 million kids are starting a new year in Pennsylvania public schools, the report from the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force - co-chaired by Wolf, who is seeking re-election in November, and auditor general Eugene DePasquale - is light on specifics but identifies a number of broad strategies aimed at addressing students' fears about mass shootings as well as bullying, other types of violence, and depression.
Officials in the Montgomery County district, who held a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday night ahead of opening of school Monday for as many as 850 seventh and eighth graders, are both eagerly touting the high-tech features of the new middle school and hoping that Cheltenham has finally turned the page on the mold crisis that angered parents and disrupted student life for more than four years.
In an email to parents, Superintendent Lisa Palmer said that after reviewing the materials that the Drexel Hill-based Amnion Pregnancy Center presented, she found that some of the information shared in class and in conversations with students after class about romantic relationships "was not purely factual."
For these kids from Northeast Philadelphia's St. Martin of Tours School, the week is not only fun but also an early glimpse into future career opportunities, and not just in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills needed to design and build the impressive whirlybirds.
The allegations by Strath Haven High School student Abby McElroy against the Drexel Hill-based Amnion Pregnancy Center shot through the 3,500-student Delaware County district, causing more than 500 people to sign a Change.org petition against the center's future participation and superintendent Lisa Palmer to issue a public statement that "we will thoroughly investigate."
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