Notes from the news, July 30
by Wendy Harris on Jul 30 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
PSSA-cheating reforms yield lower scores across Pa. Inquirer
Some schools have experienced drops in test scores of 25 percent or more on statewide exams since security measures have been implemented after evidence came out of widespread cheating.
See also: The status of state cheating investigations Inquirer
Update on the status of PSSA cheating investigations Keystone State Education Coalition
Charter office again comes under fire from SRC for faulty information Notebook
Tension at Friday's School Reform Commission meeting over erroneous information about Belmont Charter School results in a temporary withdrawal of resolution to renew its charter for five years.
See also: SRC delays charter decision, citing budget concerns Daily News
District settles lawsuit on search of student Notebook
Guest blogger and Notebook board chair Harold Jordan wrote about the incident when it occurred. Now that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit regarding the search, Jordan says he hopes it will force the District to pay attention to how student searches are conducted.
Study of Pennsylvania students links texting to poor grammar skills Metro
A recent study that tested 228 kids in grades 6 through 8 at an undisclosed state school district reveals that children who use "techspeak" show poor written grammar skills because they have a difficult time switching from text lingo to the rules of standard English language grammar.
Moms Talk: Playground Etiquette Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
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