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Notes from the news, Aug. 2

by Wendy Harris on Aug 02 2012 Posted in Notes from the news

notes from the news imageConsultant: Philadelphia district needs to close 29 to 57 schools Inquirer
In addition to recommending school closures, the Boston Consulting Group's lengthy document also suggests that the District be more selective about its charter growth and modify the next teachers' contract. 

See also: Report detailing Boston Consulting Group’s findings and recommendations released Notebook

Great Schools Compact asks Gates Foundation for $2.5 million Notebook
In the compact's 16-page proposal, Philadelphia education leaders outlined three major initiatives -- an "urban leadership residency program," an expansion of teacher coaching, and new benchmark tests.

Opinion: The past should inform school district reform Daily News
Research for Action's executive director, Kate Shaw, says that effectively restructuring the District means answering some tough questions about accountability mechanisms and equal access to high-quality schools.

Prince George’s school official resigns, faces charges
As the school board prepares to find a replacement for its outgoing Superintendent William Hite, who will soon head the School District of Philadelphia, it must also fill the position of chief of human resources. 

Teacher Effectiveness Making the Grade
The New Teacher Project has released a report about teacher retention that discusses some potential causes for turnover among high-peforming teachers.

News Summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

School > Learning Sustainability Workshop blog

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