Notes from the news, Aug. 9
by Wendy Harris on Aug 09 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
State presses Chesco cyber charter for improvements Inquirer
Criticized by the state education secretary for its poor academic performance, the Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton has been ordered to correct deficiencies in its curriculum, teacher evaluations, and technology policies before being granted a five-year renewal.
Hamels and wife make a big difference at Philly elementary school Daily News
Through their foundation, Phillies ace Cole Hamels and his wife donate $300,000 to Bayard Taylor Elementary in North Philadelphia to transform an empty lot into a modern playground.
See also: Hamels Foundation pays to rehab Phila. playground 6ABC
Cole and Heidi Hamels Complete Renovation of a Hunting Park Playground KYW Newsradio
Opinion: City schools' real problem Inquirer
Baruch Kintisch, director of policy advocacy for the Education Law Center, says instead of state and local officials focusing on the District's real shortcomings such as lack of resources, overcrowded classrooms, and low teacher pay, it's opting to look at external issues instead.
Education Reforms That Work - They Do Exist! PFT blog
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan talks about drawing inspiration from his attending the American Federation of Teachers Convention.
Does the Community School Model Speak to You? Chestnut Hill Patch
A Wednesday Inquirer article profiled a family that's chosen to send their son to the neighborhood elementary school over a prestigious charter school. Express how you feel about their decision in this opinion poll.
See also: A Center City family chooses public school Inquirer
First Frankford Students Are Back to School The Frankford Gazette
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School students were welcomed back to a new school year on Wednesday.
Local teachers attend science conference The Times Herald
Prep Charter grad honored as Young Hero winner South Philly Review
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