Notes from the news, Sept. 7
by Wendy Harris on Sep 07 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
Philly School District embarks on a year with big changes Inquirer
Incoming superintendent William Hite, who will preside over a ceremonial bell-ringing at AMY Northwest on the first day of school, said that school closings are still necessary as a part of the District's transformation plan, but that he has some reservations about the proposed "achievement networks."
Nutter plugs education, Obama -- and Philly Inquirer
In five-minute remarks that Mayor Nutter made at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, he spoke about education and applauded President Obama for saving 400,000 educators' jobs.
See also: Mayor Nutter's DNC Speech NBC10
PSA: Mayor Michael Nutter's Remarks At The DNC, As Delivered Earlier Tonight Philebrity.com
Philadelphia controller says SEPTA student passes could cost School District millions Inquirer
Alan Butkovitz said auditors found that many passes were not properly recorded and could not be accounted for, potentially costing the District millions of dollars.
See also: Controller says District could be losing money in TransPass program Notebook
Report: Philly schools' TransPass program mismanaged Daily News
Controller says Philadelphia school district has accountability issues WHYY/NewsWorks
Judge allows more time for 'complex' charter school fraud case Inquirer
Though no trial date has been set for the criminal case against charter school mogul Dorothy June Brown, the judge presiding over the case said that because of the multiple charges, number of defendants, and volume of evidence involved, additional time is needed so that the attorneys can prepare.
Obesity among Philadelphia students drops 5 percent over 4 years Inquirer
Declines were greater among African American boys and Hispanic girls in Philadelphia, two groups at high risk of obesity-related conditions.
See also: Report: Obesity on decline in Philly schools Daily News
Two new Catholic schools, blended from others, start the school year on a positive note Inquirer
Parents, teachers, and students find the consolidation of schools that has created Our Lady of Hope and Mater Dei to be a positive thing for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which several months ago announced plans to combine many of its low-enrollment elementary schools.
Resources for parents Inquirer
A list of the District's Parent and Family Resource Centers.
Leaving on a Jet Plane? Metropolis
Friday First Day of School for Philadelphia Students Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
Volunteers Sought for Jenks Tutoring and Mentoring Chestnut Hill Patch
Change is my Constant Making the Grade
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