Maddie Hanna covers education around the region, with a focus on suburban school districts, charter schools and school funding issues.

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Judge orders school districts be notified in ‘momentous’ N.J. desegregation case

The judge also will give the state a chance to present experts to respond to the complaint filed by a coalition of civil rights advocates and students, which alleges New Jersey is maintaining one of the nation's most segregated public school systems.

Preventing the next mass shooting: Secret Service is training hundreds of teachers, cops at Bucks high school

The training at Council Rock South High School was the first in the region since a report analyzing 41 incidents of targeted school violence nationally between 2008 and 2017. It also comes as the state has seen an increase in fighting in schools, and student feeling depressed or threatened.

Philadelphia wants money from Pennsylvania to deal with dangerous asbestos in schools

“We’ve got over $300 million in the state’s rainy day fund. Let’s make it rain for these school buildings, and take some of that money and put into these buildings to fix them up," State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) said during a news conference outside Carnell Elementary Wednesday.

After complaints, Upper Darby revises new sports attendance policy to let public come to games

People not on pre-approved lists submitted by Upper Darby or its visiting teams will be able to attend winter sports games if they are approved by district personnel at the door, according to a new statement from the school district.

Upper Darby restricts access to sporting events after altercation at basketball game

Upper Darby and visiting teams will have to submit names of friends and family members in advance if they wish to attend games.

Two Philly elementary schools to remain closed because of asbestos damage

McClure and Carnell elementaries, closed Dec. 20, will not reopen Thursday or Friday.

Dan Kenney, 66, longtime bartender at Pen & Pencil Club

He was general manager at the Center City drinking establishment, the nation’s oldest daily operating press club, founded in 1892.

An Upper Dublin native died after a skiing accident at a Pennsylvania resort

A young man who grew up in Upper Dublin Township died after a skiing accident this week at a Lehigh Valley resort, officials said.

Walter H. Moleski, former Drexel architecture professor, dies at 82

Walter H. Moleski, 82, of Philadelphia, who taught architecture at Drexel University for more than three decades, died at the Watermark retirement community in Philadelphia after years of enduring side effects from strokes.

Lower Merion wants elementary school students to start earlier, and high schoolers to arrive later. Some parents aren’t happy

As the trend of later school start times for teenagers gains steam, some parents say Lower Merion is prioritizing older students at the expense of its youngest.