Mike DeNardo

(National Merit Scholar semifinalist Jamie Schwartz is flanked by her parents, Marc and Staci, at Masterman School.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

At Masterman School, Students Continue Raking In Achievement Awards

Despite the turmoil surrounding the Philadelphia school district’s budget crisis, one of its top high schools has reason again to celebrate.

10/11/2014

(Michael Masch, addressing an education summit of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Schools CFO Says Harrisburg Caused Philadelphia’s School Funding Crisis

“The school district is in a budget crisis … because the district has been subject to unprecedented state funding cuts. But not only unprecedented — discriminatory,” Michael Masch said.

10/09/2014

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Camden County Official Says Enterovirus Cases Are Raising Vigilance There

The second pediatric case in Camden County is one of 14 confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 in New Jersey.

10/08/2014

There's a new UNIQLO store in Center City. (Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Popular Clothing Retailer Opens New Location In Center City

The 32nd U.S. store for Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO opens in Center City Philadelphia Friday morning.

10/03/2014

(Kids pick out a free winter coat donated by a local car dealers' association.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Area Car Dealers Distributing More Winter Coats To Needy Kids

Kids arrived today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, ready to pick out their new, free coats.

10/02/2014

(The Schuylkill Banks boardwalk extends into the Schuylkill River from South Street to Locust.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Schuylkill River Boardwalk Opens To Public

A new section of the Schuylkill River Trail — extending 50 feet out over the water — is now open for joggers, cyclists, and those seeking a riverside stroll.

10/02/2014

(Chief inspector Carl Holmes of the Philadelphia school police shows the secure drop-box in which students may drop weapons or drugs, no questions asked.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Drug and Weapon ‘Amnesty Boxes’ To Be Tested at 4 Philadelphia Public Schools

They look like library book drops. But they’re lined with Kevlar.

09/29/2014

(Masterman principal Jessica Brown.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

For Masterman School’s New Principal, It’s Back to the Future

The new principal at Masterman, a magnet school (grades 5-12) in Philadelphia, is no stranger to the place: she was once a student there.

09/27/2014

(Rowan University.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

2 Rowan Fraternity Brothers Suspended Over Online Sex Video; Frat Chapter Suspended

Two frat brothers at Rowan University are suspended over a sexually explicit video that was posted online.

09/26/2014

(Photos provided by Pa. attorney general)

2 More Philadelphia School Principals Charged in Test Cheating Scandal

Barbara McCreery, the former principal at Communications Technology High School, and Arthur Melton, the former principal at the now-closed Bok High School, are being charged with cheating on the high-stakes PSSA exams.

09/25/2014

Palmer Charter School attorney Robert Gamburg shows a blowup of a letter he introduced during the court proceeding.  School founder Walter Palmer stands behind him, in center of photo.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Judge Nixes Emergency Funds For Charter School Tussling With School District

The judge called the lawsuit by the Walter D. Palmer Charter School a “travesty,” adding it would be “irresponsible” for the school to pursue the case further.

09/24/2014

The Walter D. Palmer Charter School, in Northern Liberties.   (File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Walter Palmer Charter School Heads To Court In Last-Ditch Effort To Stay Open

The Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners charter school could close any day now, if it can’t convice a judge to order an infusion of cash from the school district. Founder Walter Palmer claims the district owes his school nearly $1.4 million.

09/24/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

After A Summer Of Uncertainty, Philadelphia School Leaders Exhale Over Passage Of Cigarette Tax

Relief. That’s the reaction from Philadelphia school officials at word the Senate has passed the long-awaited cigarette tax.

09/23/2014

(Balloons adorn the entrance to Bonnell Hall, on the campus of CCP, on the college's 49th anniversary.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Community College of Phila. Marks Its 49th Year With Big Plans

Today is the 49th birthday for Community College of Philadelphia, which is kicking off a year’s worth of events and activities leading up to next year’s golden anniversary.

09/23/2014

(Philadelphia School District headquarters.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

State House Set To Vote On Cigarette Tax To Fund Philly Schools

The Pennsylvania House is expected to vote today on a proposal to raise new money for the Philadelphia School District — a measure the school district repeats is badly needed.

09/22/2014

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