Notes from the news, Aug. 17
by Wendy Harris on Aug 17 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
New code of conduct in Philadelphia schools gives principals more leeway Inquirer
The School Reform Commission unanimously approved a new code of conduct Thursday that will do away with out-of-school suspensions for such low-level infractions as repeated latenesses, failure to carry a hall pass, and cutting class.
New evidence: Philadelphia test cheating is likely far worse than previously revealed Notebook
Confidential documents obtained by Newsworks and the Notebook indicate that many of the 53 schools flagged for possible cheating had high rates of "wrong-to-right" erasures on the exam forms across multiple grades, subjects, and years.
See also: Suscipicious erasure patterns at 53 schools Notebook
Scores plunged in many schools targeted in cheating probe; early grades did poorly Notebook
Preliminary results from the 2012 PSSA exams reveal that districtwide scores fell about 8 percentage points in math and 6 percentage points in reading.
New coalition plans to offer own Philly schools overhaul vision Inquirer
A group led by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change, and Action United said that they would craft a grassroots plan to replace recommendations proposed by the Boston Consulting Group.
See also: Community activists aim for alternative plan to avert Philly school closings Newsworks
Group To Develop Plan Countering School Closures Study KYW Newsradio
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