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Alexa, can you help kids learn and teachers manage a classroom? At Garnet Valley, the answer is: ‘Yes’

The Delaware County school is considered a trailblazer in using the fast-growing technology of digital voice assistants - like Amazon’s Alexa, the most popular, or Google Assistant - as a classroom learning tool that can answer a student’s question or spell a word, conduct learning drills or play s

Homeowners fight Lower Merion schools’ takeover of their property

The owners of a 10.6-acre property that district officials covet for playing fields have challenged the school board’s vote to condemn their land, claiming it thwarted a more lucrative sale to Villanova.

Latest trend in area schools: Pushing back start times so teens can sleep later

Phoenixville Area School District just voted to become the second area school system to adopt a later starting time next fall, and a number of districts such as Radnor and Tredyffrin/Easttown are considering such a shift – inspired by scientific evidence that teens thrive when they get more sleep.

Why parents are pulling their hair over child care in Haverford and other school districts

Child care crisis in Haverford typical of problems parents face in getting before and after school care

J-Term courses on dogs, card tricks, murals, and more give students a break from studying, tests, stress

The idea for a January break of short, intensive, offbeat classes that break up the academic year originated on college campuses, where they remain popular. But in the Philadelphia region, a number of private secondary schools have enthusiastically adopted the idea.

Will state hearing bring closure to Neshaminy ‘Redskins’ debate?

On the legal front, officials say it will be at least several months before the hearing officer and then the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission determine if the nickname is discriminatory and if any remedies are required

Flap over Neshaminy ‘Redskins’ nickname goes before a state panel

After six years of controversy, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission takes up racial-slur allegation.

Neshaminy School District faces Human Relations Commission hearing over Redskins name

Advocates hope the hearings and the PHRC’s intervention will help end the controversy that’s riven the sprawling 8,600-student district in Lower Bucks County for much of the 2010s.

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District leaders appeal for calm about racist letters and photo

Educators and community leaders offered little new information but instead used the forum to call for healing and more skepticism about social media postings.

Racist threats circulate in Strath Haven HS and community

The letter, which circulated widely on Facebook after several residents reported finding it at their front doors, praised President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and told the recipients to leave the United States, claiming “there is now a law against filthy nutheads like yourself living in...