Notes from the news, Aug. 20
by Wendy Harris on Aug 20 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
Despite layoffs, ready to open Inquirer
An attorney who represents the Delaware Valley High School said the alternative-education school had agreements in place with the suburban districts for campuses it operates in Reading and Warminster, but does not have a signed contract with the School District of Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania Taps First School Recovery Chief in Chester Bloomberg.com
Joe Watkins, a former White House aide under George H.W. Bush, will be in charge of the financially strapped Chester-Upland school system and devise a plan for the 6,800-student district, which may include converting some schools to charters.
See also: Pennsylvania Education Secretary Names Chief Recovery Officer for Chester Upland School District U.S. Politics Today
SRC adopts revised student code of conduct Notebook
Students and organizers from the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools said the new code marks progress, but that schools should put more emphasis on the use of "restorative practices" rather than punishment.
See also: SRC Dials Back Zero-Tolerance Policy For Philadelphia Students KYW Newsradio
Test score decline - what do you think? Notebook
Tell us what you think about the significant drop in test scores on the PSSAs. Do we now know how well Philadelphia students can perform?
West Philadelphia park event celebrates back to school Inquirer
About 300 young people and families came out to Malcolm X Park, where they received backpacks filled with school supplies in preparation for the start of the school year.
Math tutoring service in Andorra counters 'the summer slide' WHYY/NewsWorks
Mathnasium, a tutoring service that opened at the Andorra Shopping Center in January, provides math homework help and a summer math camp for students in grades 1-12.
Special needs kids staying in traditional schools AP
Although the number of students with special needs has not increased in many large urban districts like Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, the rising proportion has driven up the costs for schools that are struggling financially.
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