School officials have responded to demands that they be more explicit in letting parents know that they have a right to opt out their children from taking standardized tests.
The steps are small, yet opt-out activists say that they are significant.
Eric Joselynon Mar 27, 2015 05:23 PM
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Imagine having no speech or hearing, only limited sight and no way of communicating with those around you. This was the isolated world of one of the Education Law Center’s clients, 9-year-old Billy (not his real name).
Billy is a child with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy, physical impairments, and an intellectual disability. His school days were long and lonely. Teachers and classmates did not understand or interact with him, and he could not communicate even his most basic needs.
There’s a lot of color in Scott Fry’s life.
He’s the manager of network operations at the School District of Philadelphia, one of the country’s biggest school districts. And for all the budget battles and bureaucratic blockades, somebody has to keep the servers running, the Internet connected, and administrative IT services in place.
SRC proposes $2.89 billion budget. Daily News
Here’s what it takes to run the Philadelphia School District’s IT network. Technically Philly
District hosting first STEM Saturday academies. Daily News
NICE leads charge for an education-minded mayor. South Philly Review
The SRC adopted a "lump sum" budget Thursday that assumes that more than $264 million in new revenue from the city and state will be delivered. The funding has been proposed by Gov. Wolf and Mayor Nutter, but is by no means guaranteed.
The District needs to use $85 million of that just to keep services at current levels, according to Chief Financial Officer Matthew Stanski. It plans to use the rest to restore money to schools and embark on some of Superintendent William Hite's new initiatives.
The School Reform Commission met Thursday afternoon to vote on a $2.86 billion "lump sum" budget for next school year that includes nearly $265 million in new revenue, based on proposals from Gov. Wolf and Mayor Nutter that would funnel more money to the District.
The budget shows that the District expects to end this fiscal year on June 30 with a $6.9 million surplus, which it plans to spend down next year.
Paul Socolaron Mar 26, 2015 12:57 PM
The fall 2014 edition of an annual report called Managing for Results in America’s Great City Schools provides data from 2012-13 comparing the School District of Philadelphia and about 40 other big-city school districts on key performance indicators for information technology.
Philadelphia’s results fell near the bottom among big-city districts nationally on most of the technology indicators.
Dan Hardyon Mar 26, 2015 11:41 AM
The numbers tell the story: Philadelphia has all the markings of a technology-starved school district.
In a report released last fall on 2012-13 information technology benchmarks for about 40 of the school districts making up the Council of the Great City Schools, the School District of Philadelphia ranked second from the bottom in the average age of its computers: just over five years. A computer’s assumed useful life is about five years.