The agreement between Moorestown - one of South Jersey's most affluent communities - and the Fair Share Housing Center is the latest in a series of settlements by municipalities across the state under the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mount Laurel rulings, which date back decades and require communities to accommodate housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
Charter schools are growing in Philadelphia's collar counties, but their results constitute a "mixed bag," with cyber-charter pupils in particular performing worse than those in similarly situated traditional public schools, according to a new report.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), is proposing to lessen the burden on school districts with an infusion of state money for special education, paid for by a corporate-tax hike. But it's unclear whether Gov. Murphy will back his plan.
Lionel F. Rubin, 84, pioneer in veterinary ophthalmology and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine professor
Lioned F. Rubin, who taught veterinary ophthalmology for 31 years at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, entered the field when it was still developing. "He would just look at animal eye after animal eye after animal eye, so he could see what was different," his son said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated the school-funding lawsuit last year, opening the door to a potential overhaul of a system that has long been criticized as inequitable. But legislative leaders are still arguing that the case should be dismissed.
Despite Pennsylvania's recent reforms, a select group of pensioners - led by former Penn State president Rodney Erickson - will continue to receive checks in retirement that alone put them among the top tier of all income earners in the United States.
For nearly 20 years, Philadelphia has received less state school aid than its standing as one of Pennsylvania's poorer communities would merit - if that money were distributed according to need. But the system mostly hasn't worked that way.
New Jersey's sweeping bail changes made it the only state to gain an A in a new report by a national advocacy group that supports an end to the bail system. Pennsylvania, in contrast, garnered a D - the same grade as the national average in the study by the Pretrial Justice Institute.
Maddie Hanna writes about policy issues, including school funding and affordable housing. She previously covered Gov. Christie and New Jersey state government. She joined the Inquirer in 2012.