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Notes from the news, June 8

By Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 07:57 AM

notes from the news imageBCG documents show far-reaching proposal to overhaul District The Notebook blog
Documents show the Boston Consulting Group's planned proposal and description of how their past work has made them qualified to advise the District.

SRC push for more power over unions riles legislators The Inquirer
School Reform Commission members were in Harrisburg earlier this week to push for broader powers to cancel union contracts but had not reached out to Philadelphia-area legislators first.

Philly City Council backs two tax plans The Inquirer
The plans would give $85 million in additional funding to the schools.

See also: Split Council Gives Initial ‘OK’ To Property Tax Plan; Budget Talks Continue CBS Philly
Philadelphia moves bills through council committee, but budget still in flux WHYY/NewsWorks
AVI and the $94 Million Switcheroo The Naked City blog

Former Olney West lost $4.4M following charter conversion The Notebook blog
The school had received funds as part of a Department of Labor grant program to "persistently dangerous" schools.

As Pa. budget deadline nears, GOP legislators vow action on thorny school issues The Inquirer
Bills being discussed cover topics including charter reform, EITC, and special education.

A national view of the Notebook highlights need to support our work The Notebook blog
Notebook board member Nina Moreno writes about the importance of the Notebook nationally and how you can help support us by participating in our June 12 event.

See also: OUT & ABOUT: The Best School Newspaper Ever The Public Record

Ex-offenders cry foul on Pa. law disqualifying more felons from working in schools WHYY/NewsWorks
A new state law permanently disqualifies people with records for more offenses from working in schools.

Central High makes Newsweek’s best schools list The Philadelphia Tribune

Letters: Masch did his job — now it's time do ours The Daily News (opinion)

School Field Trip Gone Bad Fox 29

First Lady Obama Writes Absence Note for Local 1st Grader NBC 10 Philadelphia

Why doesn’t the SRC trust its teachers? PFT blog

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Philly Teacher (not verified) on June 8, 2012 9:33 am

Here are my concessions to the SRC: I will not ask for a pay or benefits change for the next 3 years. I will deal with your unsafe schools and teach the best I can despite the conditions. I will play nurse when our students need to be given drugs or medical advice.

But I will not let them pretend that my pay and benefits are the problem. They've been known since 2010. The problem is funding and the huge amount of debt the SRC has taken on for Archie's pet projects. If this District had been properly managed they would have had no problem paying us and hiring more classroom teachers.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on June 8, 2012 10:37 am

re: "Central High School makes..." While it is nice that a Philadlephia school is recognized, Central High School is an extremely selective magnet high school. Pavel's complaints about "the competition" are not valid.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 8, 2012 4:20 pm

It's interesting because Masterman ranks in the top 60 in the nation according to US News and World Report and is by far the highest school in Pennsylvania. The next closest school in the state is always in a rich, suburban school district.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 8, 2012 6:19 pm

This comment is off the track but, I'm curious about a few things regarding the new paradigm for the SDP beginning September 2012. For one thing, principals have been clustered into twelve learning teams. One principal who is called team leader will facilitate each team, with about 25 schools. This idea has been pushed as a "great opportunity for autonomy."

If regions are closing where are current regional superintendents going? What will their job titles be next year? Who will be the rating officer for principals in learning teams? Will team leaders be more than paper chasers gathering documents to be forward to central office? How is this role different from regional superintendent except that team leaders are full time principals of schools? Is there additional support and compensation for team leaders?

Within the twelve learning teams, there will be smaller teams called affinity? The question here is if high performing schools choose to team up, what happens to school with poor performance? Do they form into smaller teams?

Why are principals buying into this " great opportunity for autonomy" without more specific details? Does anyone have any answers?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 10, 2012 5:33 pm

Noon Dismissal Monday June 11th due to heat.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 10, 2012 6:42 pm

What will happen to the Promise Academies as of the next school year? Does the district really have enough money to fund these schools, or will the extra time/extra work days be eliminated at these schools due to budgetary constraints?

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