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5 stories to follow: Oct. 14

Get your week started with a quick look at five stories to know about:

5 stories to follow: Oct. 14

Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, has lunch with 9th-grader John Span (left) and other South Philadelphia High School students in the cafeteria, on Monday Sept. 9, 2013. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)
Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, has lunch with 9th-grader John Span (left) and other South Philadelphia High School students in the cafeteria, on Monday Sept. 9, 2013. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Get your week started with a quick look at five stories to know about:

1. "Leveling" at Philly schools: The Philadelphia School District uses a process called "leveling" in mid-October to shift teachers based on enrollment changes. Often, that means more teachers are hired -- but this year, the instructor transfers are causing anxiety as the cash-strapped school district faces overcrowded classrooms, understaffed schools and no money to hire more teachers. Reassignments were supposed to happen this week, but are being postponed until the end of the month because the staffing situation is so complicated.

2. QB debate: The Eagles 31-20 win over Tampa Bay this weekend has spurred questions about whether Nick Foles, who threw three touchdown passes and zero interceptions, should take over as starting quarterback. Vote in our poll to weigh in on whether Foles or Michael Vick (if he's healthy) should start against the Cowboys on Sunday, and check out Philly.com's complete Eagles coverage.

3. Riverton slaying: Police are searching for the person who fatally shot an unidentified woman on a quiet street in Riverton, Burlington County.

4. Community colleges: New Jersey community colleges are launching a new initiative today to encourage students to obtain an associate degree or certificate. In 2010, just 17 percent of students completed a degree before leaving school.

5. Pennsauken Transit Center: New Jersey Transit is opening a $40 million station in Pennsauken today. The new transit center will provide direct access between the Atlantic City Rail Line and Camden's River Line.

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