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In case you missed it, week of Jun. 21

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Big surprise at this week's SRC meeting. As Dale Mezzacappa reported on our blog, Superintendent Ackerman reversed course and recommended that the SRC table the resolution to close William Penn HS. The SRC agreed.

To begin the week the Inquirer had another article about teachers feeling pressure to pass students. The piece sparked a blog post from Samuel Reed and a lot of discussion. Later in the week Ackerman reasserted her plans to monitor "any changes principals or teachers make to student marks due out in report cards." Ackerman discussed her goals for the teacher contract negotiations with the Inquirer edtiorial board.The board followed the discussion with an editorial supportive of Ackerman's plans, in particular the longer school day.

The Daily News reported on a union show of solidarity against Ackerman, but ended the week with a piece about the common ground between the two sides in contract talks. Mensah Dean also reported on the end of the school year and the reopened Audenried High School. In our Summer edition Wendy Harris wrote about the decline in minority teachers in the District and this week the Daily News reported on the District's plans to recruit African American teachers.

Charters were back in the news. The SRC again delayed a vote on New Media Tech Charter's renewal to allow time for more investigation of the charter's finances. The state department of education filed papers to revoke Agora Cyber Charter School's charter. The school is based in Devon, but enrolls students from throughout the state.

In other SRC news, Rendell nominee Joseph A. Dworetzky faced questioning from the state Senate Education Committee. The committee will vote, and then the nomination will be voted on by the full senate.

Major Supreme Court education law news this week. A ruling from earlier in the week also impacts schools, the Court reaffirmed IDEA in regard to districts paying for private school placements for special education students who cannot be served by the district's schools. Check back soon for a more detailed analysis by ed law blogger Len Rieser. For more national news, check the Public Education Network Newsblast--last one till August!

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