Notes from the news, Feb. 7
School choice a civil right? Philadelphia Tribune
State Sen. Anthony Williams says school choice is the new civil rights struggle, but local NAACP leader J. Whyatt Mondesire says casting it that way is "sacrilege."
See also: Q&A with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams The Inquirer
Parents Voice Opinions On School Plans Fox 29
The District has started the second round of community meetings to discuss the facilities master plan.
See also: Meeting On Future of Northwest Philly Schools Chestnut Hill Patch
Discussion on schools plan at Powell in West Philly West Philly Local
Documentary sparks discussion of organizing in Philly The Notebook blog
At a screening of "A Community Concern" in West Philly a panel discussion looked at education organizing in Philly.
See also: Neighborhood school reform discussion West Philly Local
Study: Organizing In Pennsylvania Worth The Investment PhillyNow blog
One of the examples of that good investment is Youth United for Change's successful campaign for small schools in Kensington.
"Class Acts": Teacher puts on a Polymer Pageant to reveal beauty of chemistry The Inquirer
Central Chemistry teacher Schuyler Patton offers a unique way for students to learn chemistry.
A Catholic 'Teach for America' The Inquirer
St. Joseph's University and the Alliance for Catholic Education place college grads in Catholic schools around Philly.
Gratz High fight ends in student's serious injury The Inquirer
A fight broke out and left one student with a concussion and shattered eye socket.
See also: Another Phila. student beaten by a mob 6 ABC
Call For Black Men To Teach Fox 29
The Zero Tolerance Debate Continued Chalk and Talk blog
Fitzpatrick: Education should be local / Ravitch decries reformers seeking to divide Keystone State Education Coalition
High School Kids Showcase PSAs to Roxborough Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
A Paycheck by Any Other Name Making the Grade blog
Hi-Lo Nonfiction Passages for Struggling Readers A Year in the Life of a Teacher
Lea students need volunteer artists West Philly Local
Center City: Annual Reading Initiative at the Free Library Philadelphia Neighborhoods
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