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Notes from the news, July 2

By Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 08:13 AM

notes from the news imageWilliam Hite tapped to run Philly schools The Notebook blog
On Friday the District announced that William Hite accepted the superintendent position in Philly.

See also: We need right expectations for Philly's new schools boss Daily News (opinion)
Meet William Hite, Philadelphia's new school chief ... The Inquirer
During college days, Hite a Virginia Tech football player The Inquirer
Dr. William Hite Is In A Hurry To Get Working With The School District Daily News
New Philadelphia Schools Chief Inherits System In Crisis CBS Philly

Pennsylvania corporate tax credit will pay for private-school scholarships The Inquirer
The state budget broadened the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

See also: Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Enacts Landmark School Reforms, Increases Funding PR Newswire

Pact approved to make Philadelphia's Creighton Elementary School a charter  The Inquirer
At a Friday meeting o discuss charter renewals and expansions, the SRC finalized the turnover of Creighton to Universal as a Renaissance charter.

See also: SRC makes it official: Creighton to Universal, Hope Charter to close The Inquirer

The Chester Upland School District is headed back to state control The Inquirer

Troubled cyber charter school ignores state's demand that it close Daily News

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Comments (4)

Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on July 2, 2012 9:46 am

Corbett was handed his voucher program although under a different name. This will further decimate urban public school districts as parochial/religious schools are able to cream off more students and leave students with the most needs in public schools. Schools in the bottom 15% in the state - 160 plus Philadelphia public schools - will have to "offer" the subsidy to students to attend parochial/private schools. (The amount is $8500 - a bonanza for religious schools but far too little for private schools). This is a tax donation to the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and will expand evangelical religious schools. I hope someone takes it to court - there is constitutional justification for more funding of religious schools. (Religious schools already get funding for reading specialists, transportation, etc.)

Based on this legislation, the number of Philadelphia public schools may shrink by more than 64...

Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on July 2, 2012 9:48 am

Also, there is no accountability for the religious / private schools. They will not be evaluated by the PSSA / Keystone Exams. There will be no disclosure of how many students they dump when they don't meet their "criteria."

This reeks of the "Great School Compact" supported and encouraged by the Nutter Administration. Shame!

Submitted by A Touch of Sense (not verified) on July 2, 2012 3:36 pm

When I sit and watch this stuff unfold, I just see the exploitation of the American schoolchild by the privatizers and the politicians who want to take over public schools for their personal gain.

I read in the Inquirer on Sunday comments by Mark Gleason like he is someone of importance. He is a perfect example of an outside corporate vulture descending upon Philadelphia to line his pockets at our children's expense.

Mark Gleason could not even carry Dr. Hite's spikes.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 2, 2012 10:41 am

Also, charter schools are exempt from the new teacher evaluation formula which makes test scores 50% of a teacher's evaluation.

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