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Notes from the news, Sept. 5

by Wendy Harris on Sep 05 2012 Posted in Notes from the news

notes from the news imageSouth Philly school set example for district's new discipline policy Daily News
The principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary School implemented a prevention and intervention-oriented discipline policy at the school in 2010. After that, suspensions decreased and the school made AYP for the first time in seven years.

Changes under district's new conduct code Daily News
With a new school year set to start, here's a reminder about the District's newly revised code. It relies less on out-of-school suspensions for lesser offenses and precludes suspensions for such acts as truancy, dress code violations, and cell phone misuse.

As first day of class nears, district has good, bad news Metro
Despite the District's financial crisis, officials say that they have a positive outlook for the new school year and that teachers are in place, buildings are ready, and resources are there for students.

Expansion of School Advisory Councils: Popular idea, but devil is in the details Notebook
District officials say that limited staff due to budget cuts could make expansion difficult, but the goal remains for all schools to having working SACs by 2015-16.

Commentary: BCG 'collective bargaining reform' and what it would mean for teachers Notebook
The reforms spelled out in the Boston Consulting Group's report would roll back important protections of teachers under the union contract and school code.

Opinion: Criminal parents? They just want a better education for their child Daily News
The charges being brought against a Philadelphia couple for trying to enroll their daughter in a school district where she would get a better education are "harsh, heavy-handed, and over-the-top."

USDA Pushing Fruits and Veggies Into School Lunches, But Will Kids Bite? KYW Newsradio
If Philadelphia students, three-quarters of whom get their lunches either free or at a reduced price, don't take a fruit or vegetable with their lunch, they will have to pay full price for the meal.

News Summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

Patriot-News hosting education forum on Sept. 13 The Patriot-News

Walnut Street library hosting Back to School Party on Wednesday westphillylocal.com

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