Notes from the news, Sept. 20
by Wendy Harris on Sep 20 2012 Posted in Notes from the news
On his first day, new schools chief begins with fact-finding Inquirer
Superintendent William Hite said he will travel throughout the city during the first 90 days of his tenure, talking with students, parents, and community members. He will also perform a comprehensive study of the challenges facing the District to help him determine what he will focus on as the new schools chief.
See also: Welcome to Philadelphia, Dr. Hite City School Stories
Study questions students' access to valid voter ID Inquirer
Nearly 100 higher education institutions, including Penn State and Temple, have made plans to alter their student IDs to include the required expiration dates, which will make them acceptable documents at the polls for the presidential election.
Colleges offering voter ID Daily News
Nearly 400,000 college students will be issued new university IDs with expiration dates, making them eligible to vote this election year, according to the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group.
See also: Colleges push to get students proper voter ID The Patriot-News
Conference on 'action civics' meets in city Notebook
About 40 people from nonprofits, universities, and foundations attended the National Action Civics Collaborative conference to discuss ways to help schools prepare students to become engaged citizens.
Report about racial achievement gap cites 'willful neglect' as part of the problem Notebook
Pennsylvania has a 28-point gap between Black and White male graduation rates, and a 26-point gap between Whites and Latinos, according to a report issued by the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
Comcast boosts enrollment in Internet Essentials Inquirer
About 1,450 families in Philadelphia are participating in the program, which provides Internet service at a discount rate for families with school-age children.
For-profit corporations are ruining our nation's education The Patriot-News Op-Ed
Running for Autism awareness South Philly Review
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