Notes from the news, Aug. 16
by Wendy Harris on Aug 16 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
SRC to consider kinder, gentler code of student conduct Daily News
Student advocates say the zero-tolerance policies that have marked the District's code of conduct have negatively impacted many students' lives. They find the modified version that commissioners will vote on today to be a step in the right direction.
State declares Chester Upland financially distressed Inquirer
A declaration signed by state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis indicates that the 3,400-student school district has huge deficencies in its financial management and operations, but administration officials and school board members disagree.
See also: Chester schools get 'distressed' designation AP via Sacramento Bee
Pa. principals to lead two of Camden's most challenging schools Inquirer
A high school administrator from the School District of Philadelphia and an elementary school principal in the Chester Upland School District will head across the river to Camden, New Jersey to fill principal spots in two of the cities struggling schools.
Students, teachers developing alternative to Philly school plan Inquirer
A group led by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the Philadelphia Student Union, and Youth United for Change said that they will craft a grassroots plan to replace recommendations proposed by the Boston Consulting Group.
Philly educators convene on how to help troubled students Inquirer
As a part of the District's three-day school safety summit, principals and other school leaders discussed the role of trauma in students' behavior by remembering their own experiences with difficult circumstances as children. The goal was to understand how one affects the other and to strategize ways to help troubled students learn.
Right-to-know ruling in favor of the Notebook is now a precedent Notebook
The case followed a September 2009 action when the District refused requests from the Notebook to fully disclose a set of SRC resolutions that had been introduced and discussed in a public meeting.
A last-ditch effort to fend off Eastwick school's closure Philadelphia City Paper
Pastor Darien Thomas, who heads Southwest Multiplex Community Plaza, is working on ways to save Pepper Middle School, which is now set to eliminate one grade per year until closing for good in 2016.
The Case for the Private Sector in School Reform The Atlantic
Back-to-School: PA Budget and Education Dormont-Brookline Patch
Summer camp focuses Philadelphia students on STEM careers Temple University Communications
CAPA grad to perform Sinatra classics South Philly Review
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