Notes from the news. Dec. 7
Butkovitz sounds alarm on vacant schools PlanPhilly via The Notebook blog
City Controller Alan Butkovitz released a report with details of eight vacant schools where he found the buildings in such a state of disrepair that he says they should be demolished.
See also: City Controller warns vacant school buildings 'are catastrophes waiting to happen' The Inquirer
BUTKO: VACANT SCHOOLS 'HAZARDS,' 'CATASTROPHES' Daily News
DN Editorial: Blighted schools: Better plan needed Daily News
Report: Vacant Philly schools a hazard Philly School Files blog
Butkovitz: 8 Empty Philly Schools Threaten Safety Fox 29
Philadelphia Controller Calls Some Vacant Schools A Danger To The Community CBS Philly
Philly controller: 8 empty schools threaten safety AP via The Philadelphia Tribune
School Reform Commission gears up for change The Inquirer
Feather Houstoun's nomination to the SRC was approved by the state Senate Education Committee yesterday. Once she is confirmed by the full state Senate, all vacant seats on the SRC will be filled.
See also: On SRC, Houstoun says, she’ll focus on finances The Inquirer
Ask what you can do for Arlene The Inquirer (opinion)
Commentary editor Josh Gohlke suggests maybe taxpayers should brainstorm projects to fund for Ackerman before she comes asking for more money.
See also: Letters: Taxpayers to blame for misspent city funds Daily News
Lack of citywide STEM education vision leaves Philly’s skilled workforce in jeopardy Technically Philly
As part of a series on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, this piece profiles Philly Teacher blogger Mary Beth Hertz and details STEM programs in Philly.
Cuts could be coming to federal funding Education Week via The Notebook blog
Stalemate in Congress could affect federal funding of schools.
Laying off Phila. school nurses now would violate contract, union says The Inquirer
The PFT also represents school nurses, and president Jerry Jordan says mid-year layoffs violate their contract.
See also: Dozens of Philly school nurses face layoffs 6 ABC
Behind the Scenes at an ASAP Chess Tournament Spotlight on After School: The blog of ASAP
Fairhill: Despite Budget Cuts, Fairhill Community High School Helps Students Succeed Philadelphia Neighborhoods
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