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Poll finds strong Pa. support for increased education funding

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:41 | Permalink

by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks

Education groups are touting a poll they say shows voters are more concerned than ever before about adequate funding for Pennsylvania public schools.

Pollster Terry Madonna, who designed the study, said it did not stack education against other items competing for limited state revenue. But the responses still show education is a top priority for voters this year, he said.

Reimagining the 21st century teacher by connecting with other teachers

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

Try to find the constant in most schools, and you'll likely end up in the classroom of a veteran teacher. Students come and go – as do principals, superintendents and, with them, technology fads and ever-shifting educational philosophies.

But through massive budget cuts, a record number of school closings, and widespread staff layoffs, many Philadelphia teachers believe their voices have been lost in the shuffle.

Teachers' union, supporters seek fall ballot question on abolishing SRC

Submitted by Dale Mezzacappa on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:34 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools are seeking a resolution from City Council and a non-binding referendum on the November ballot calling for the School Reform Commission to be disbanded and the District returned to local control.

The PFT and PCAPS held a press conference Tuesday to announce the results of an informal survey of about 3,000 parents and residents that found overwhelming support for replacing the SRC with a local school board that is either elected or appointed by the mayor.

District wants to close down Walter Palmer charter school as of July

Submitted by thenotebook on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:53 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dale Mezzacappa for the Notebook and Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

The charter school office of the School District is recommending that Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School be shut down after the end of this school year. A six-page District memo cites problems including declining test scores, a $3 million general fund deficit, and failure of its associated foundation to maintain its nonprofit status.

Seven principals to receive Lindback award

Submitted by thenotebook on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:03 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Seven Philadelphia School District principals will be honored Tuesday as outstanding leaders by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and each will receive $20,000 to use in improving their schools and communities.

These school leaders, nominated by their schools and chosen by Lindback Foundation trustees, will be recognized during tonight's awards presentation from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Walnut Theatre. 

Will prosecuting parents help improve students' chronic truancy?

Submitted by thenotebook on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:02 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

What's the No. 1 thing that people who are arrested in Philadelphia have in common?

According to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, it's that they did not complete high school.

In an effort to keep students on the path to graduation, Williams said last week during a City Council budget hearing that he'd like to get tougher on the parents of elementary school students who are chronically truant.

Students learn about Ben Franklin and bookmaking

Submitted by thenotebook on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:41 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Dan Hampton

More than 100 students from Charter High School for Architecture + Design got a lesson in book creation last week when author and artist Tim E. Ogline visited the school to discuss his book Ben Franklin for Beginners

The book tells the story of Franklin using humorous cartoon drawings, as well as text, to explain important events in his life.

“I was looking forward to talking to kids -- as future professionals in this field -- [about] what to expect, and give them a glimpse of the process,” Ogline said. “This is a long road and there’s a lot of work and planning involved.”

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