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Notes from the news, Jan. 4

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Trial set for suit on African American achievement in Lower Merion The Inquirer
The suit contends that African American students were improperly assigned to special education classes and placed into "low expectations" courses.

Campaign rhetoric is about to meet Pennsylvania budget reality Patriot-News (opinion)
Op-ed from State Sen. Vincent Hughes detailing how the state budget hole could affect different areas, including education.

Improving on their practice The Notebook
Teachers describe how good professional development programs can be a huge help.

Are you wearing red Tuesday? The Notebook blog
Today is Wear Red for Public Ed Day, which is an idea that started in Florida and spread nationwide.

Blog posts during break:

Why Scale It? Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher weighs in on the "parent trigger" and reflects on 2010.

See also: Looking Back on 2010 Philly Teacher blog

SDP Blog Launches A Very Public Education blog
Thanks for the heads up about the new District blog.

Welcome! A Broad View blog
The District blog launched in late December and already has ten posts. Here are a few highlights.

See also: How to Stay Sharp over Winter Break A Broad View blog
Student Focus: Anthony Wright A Broad View blog
Homeless Children's Initiative A Broad View blog

Story Matters Practical Theory blog
Chris Lehmann caught up on some blogging during break with a post responding to a piece to "ban fiction from the curriculum," how parents weighed the decision to send their kids to private schools, and a web video.

See also: Opting Out Practical Theory blog
Satire - The Arena and Dialogue of Ed Reform Practical Theory blog

Jenks Featured On New Local Blog Philly School Search blog
Philly School Search found Jenks on new Chestnut Hill Patch, reposted the Fox 29 video that included an interview with the Notebook's contributing editor, and posted TEDxPhilly video.

See also:  Fire Bad Teachers [Video] Philly School Search blog
Music at School as a Vehicle for Social Change [Video] Philly School Search blog

Reflections of an Author: Good Will And Peace To All City School Stories blog
Frank Murphy kept up consistent posting throughout break witha reflection on crime and NCLB.

See also: Reflections of an Author: Reality Isn’t An Excuse City School Stories blog

Simon at TEDx Philly The Workshop Blog
The videos from TEDxPhilly are up, plus comments on a series of essays on criticism in the New York Times.

Teachers: Curriculum Competition, Digitized African American Oral Histories Office of Teaching and Unlearning
Using The Historymakers archive, develop a curriculum about African American History and you could win an iPad, projector, or giftcard.

See also: Function of Criticism/What it means to be a student The Workshop blog

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