September 26, 2013 | NJ Spotlight

Lambertville, West Amwell, and Stockton to merge school districts in New Jersey

The vote this week to combine three small school districts in southern Hunterdon County was historic, the first formal merger approved in a state where home rule is almost sacrosanct in nearly 20 years.

Whether it will set a precedent is another question.

September 30, 2013

Same-sex couples hear wedding bells in N.J. -- despite state move to block them

While Gov. Chris Christie's administration has appealed the ruling of a New Jersey judge last week legalizing same-sex marriage, couples say they're ready to wed.

Brian McTear of Weathervane Music addresses the Junto group on the event's first day (Photo courtesy of Kevin Monko)
September 29, 2013 | CENTRE SQUARE

Amid familiar woes, spotting some hopeful signs of Philadelphia rising

Last week, I got to spend some time with Philadelphia Rising.

After all the news about Philly failing – the agony of the schools, the chalk outlines on mean streets – it's good to be reminded how, elsewhere in this city, another, hopeful story keeps getting written.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 30, 2013

Casey's medical device tax 'compromise'

A Pennsylvania Democrat wants Obamacare to stand, but also wants a key tax within it repealed. A vote Monday found U.S. Sen. Bob Casey choosing one priority over the other.

Parent Nina Liou says that seniority-based placement has led to bed education at Bache-Martin Elementary in Fairmount. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
September 30, 2013

Activists call on Philly schools to limit teacher seniority, unilaterally

It's been called the "nuclear" option.

On Monday afternoon a coalition of education groups called on the Philadelphia School District to bypass negotiations and unilaterally impose new contract terms on the district's teachers.

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