by Bill Hangley Jr.
Parents of the Edward T. Steel School face a choice: Stay with the District or become a charter?
For Lamaine Robinson, a Steel graduate and now a high school sophomore at Mastery’s Gratz campus, the answer is clear: The District shouldn’t mess with what he considers success.
At tonight's School Reform Commission meeting, the members will vote on adopting a new, more rigorous, more transparent charter school policy, which would make it easier to support high-quality charters and hold low-quality ones more accountable. Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn will be making the presentation on the proposed policy.
The SRC will also vote on the District's proposal to close Walter D. Palmer charter school and revoke its charter at the end of the school year.
by Brian Hickey for NewsWorks
The Flatbush Pictures crew whittled 500 hours of footage down to an 80-minute documentary. And, on Wednesday night, their efforts were rewarded with a standing ovation inside New York City's Sunshine Cinema during the Tribeca Film Festival.
The story they told was, in part, about the funding crisis that the School District of Philadelphia faced last year and continues to face today.
Judge rules against SRC in charter case. Inquirer
What's next for Philadelphia's Germantown High School? Keystone Edge
Comparing Four Schools: Suburban, Charter, Magnet, and Neighborhood. Media Mobilizing Project
The School Reform Commission suffered another legal setback Monday in its effort to impose enrollment caps on charter schools and take other actions that run counter to the Pennsylvania School Code.
In a ruling involving cases brought by five charter schools and later consolidated, Judge Gary S. Glazer of the Court of Common Pleas ruled that the SRC did not have the power to unilaterally suspend some sections of the school code involving charter schools.
by Jeseamy Muentes
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Education Law Center will host the “Lawyers Day of Action for Education,” a call to action by local attorneys to persuade City Council members to provide more money for the School District.
Leading lawyers will take part in a press conference and meeting with Council members from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Council Caucus room at City Hall.
by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks
Education groups are touting a poll that 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 indicated that education is a top priority for voters this year, he said.
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
Try to find the constant in most schools, and you'll most 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.
District wants to close down Walter Palmer charter school as of July. Notebook/NewsWorks
Hite urges Palmer charter revocation. Inquirer
Philly's coolest school is high-tech heaven. Daily News
Is local better? Daily News
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.