With more than 40 schools opening in a week with new principals, the District has filled vacancies at Lea and Cook-Wissahickon elementaries and at Kensington CAPA and Kensington Business.
Jennifer Duffy is the new principal at Lea. According to a bio posted on the school's site, she was born and went to college in South Africa and most recently worked in the District's Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
Lisa Haver is a retired teacher, a member of the advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, and an inveterate presence at School Reform Commission meetings. During a recent meeting, the first of the school year, she used her allotted three minutes of public testimony time to speak on a proposed contract related to implementing the state's new accountability system tying teacher evaluations to student achievement, which the SRC later approved. Haver asked the SRC members, "Is accountability applicable only to those in the classrooms? Why do we not hold those in leadership positions accountable?"
Below is a copy of her written testimony.
We are beginning another school year in which teachers and other school professionals will not be provided with anything close to what they need to do their jobs.
Frequent Inquirer contributor Clark DeLeon recently wrote that he “has given up on the Philadelphia public schools." He asks why any young person would want to send their kids to a public school here and wonders where the fearlessness of “the endless stream of young, hip parents biking their helmeted toddlers through Center City traffic or adjoining neighborhoods” goes when it comes time to choose a school.
I’m not a millennial (I was born at the tail end of the baby boom), but I can answer his question.
MLK Cougars featured on ESPN's SportsCenter all week [video]. NewsWorks
Letters: Surefire ways to raise $ for schools. Daily News
IGM partners up for school-supply drive. Daily News
A Victory on School Transportation. Parents United
Unusual but true: Catholic schools in inner-city are expanding. Catholic Philly
Who's hiring teachers in Philly? For job postings in education in Philadelphia, visit jobs.thenotebook.org
The Martin Luther King High School Cougars football team returns to the spotlight this week, when it will be featured in "Hell Week" segments on ESPN's SportsCenter program.
This comes a year after the team, which won its first ever Public League title in 2013, was featured in the documentary We Could Be King, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Finding educational resources just got a lot easier for families living in North Philadelphia east of Broad Street, thanks to a new guide from the Latino-focused community group Congreso.
Called the Eastern North Philadelphia Resource Guide, the 26-page booklet provides a comprehensive list of educational programs and services in the region, which includes six zip codes (see boundaries below). Many of them have high school dropout rates that are among the highest in the city.
William Penn HS sale to proceed. Inquirer
From English to science to Twitter. Daily News
State tries to improve its rollout of school profiles. Tribune-Review
Black people in Ferguson, Mo. — where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed Black teenager Aug. 9 -- are more likely to be arrested by local police officers than their White peers. Those statistics have sparked a mistrust of the mostly White police force that added fuel to passionate protests that have followed the death of Michael Brown, 18.
Those racial disparities are also present in schools in Ferguson, where Black students are more likely to face some forms of discipline than their White peers, federal statistics show.
The Notebook was launched in 1994 as a newspaper committed to ensuring quality and equity in Philadelphia public schools. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first publication this spring. We are featuring an article from our archives each week, shedding light on both the dramatic changes that have taken place in public education and the persistent issues facing Philadelphia's school system.
This piece is from the Spring 2000 print edition:
by Nancy J. McGinley
When I left my job as a middle school principal in the School District of Philadelphia to become principal of a suburban junior high school, the first major difference appeared in the form of a $20,000 increase in my annual salary.
Hite hopes to avoid transportation cuts. Notebook
Inside city schools, grim scenes. Inquirer
Taney's deep bench shows it takes a village. Daily News
Local public schools to open on time. South Philly Review
Superintendent William Hite said that some 7,500 Philadelphia high school students may not lose their transportation subsidy back and forth from school after all.
"We are working with several partners, and we think and are hopeful we will have a solution on that," Hite said at a Thursday evening meeting of the School Reform Commission. "Stay tuned."
Through last year, students who lived more than 1.5 miles from their high schools were entitled to free student SEPTA TransPasses.
It's all been written before. The Philadelphia School District was in brutal financial shape last year.
Guidance counselors and nurses nonexistent in schools on many days.
Cash available only for the barest of supplies and supports.
Still, "it needs to be discussed over and over and over again," said Pennsylvania Sen. Vincent Hughes at a Thursday news conference. "This is not how you achieve a 21st-century education."
Flanked by a teacher, a parent, a student, a building maintenance worker and his colleague State Sen.