The national spotlight is once again shining on the student editors of Neshaminy High School and, specifically, the word Redskins.
Some of the country's top journalism groups are rounding up support for the Bucks County teens who vowed last fall not to print the name of Neshaminy's decades-old mascot because they found it outdated and offensive.
Philadelphia Teachers Hit by Latest Cuts. NY Times
What comes after SRC? Daily News
Charters lack sufficient oversight. Daily News
Boyz II Men takes it back to school. Inquirer
Boyz II Men perform at Philly alma mater. NewsWorks
Letters: Everyone must pitch in for pupils. Daily News
How do we help our schools? Daily Pennsylvanian
Education adviser Tomalis had no employment contract. Post-Gazette
With resources stripped to bare-bones levels, parents in the Philadelphia School District filed more than 800 complaints last year with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The office has not investigated the claims, and last month the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia filed a lawsuit in Commonwealth Court on behalf of seven parents and the advocacy group Parents United for Public Education in an attempt to compel action.
On Friday, acting Pennsylvania Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq petitioned the court to dismiss the case.
Organizers of the third annual Mifflin School Community Festival persevered Saturday morning in the face of inhospitable weather and low community turnout, moving the day's programming inside to the auditorium and setting up the arts-and-crafts marketplace in a nearby hallway.
Alex Keating, a member of the Friends of Mifflin School Committee, said the elements presented a particularly formidable challenge for community organizations holding neighborhood events.
The sad state of Philadelphia's public schools inspires fury, frustration, and now, from the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, a really bad idea for fundamental change.
Wolf recently proposed replacing the current five-member School Reform Commission that runs the schools with a locally elected school board.
I know Wolf means well. But establishing an elected school board in Philadelphia will not empower parents and their communities. It will put the selection of our school board members in the hands of the same people who pick judges, state legislators, sheriffs and city commissioners in this town: Democratic ward leaders.
Philadelphia public schools are in a financial crisis. They have been in crisis for the last three years.
Why has this happened? Where do we stand? What needs to happen next? These are the questions we face.
In addressing these questions, we should acknowledge that it is difficult to solve a problem if one is not clear about what the problem is. Even after years of upheaval and drama, there is some dispute as to the causes of our school budget crisis.
Some in our community maintain that the School District is in a budget crisis because it has a “structural deficit.” Others suggest that the crisis results from internal fiscal mismanagement. Still others claim that the crisis was caused by the withdrawal of federal stimulus funding.
Three workshops this fall will offer the chance to learn about restorative practices, a method of improving classroom learning environments and creating safer schools.
The one-day professional development workshops will be offered at the School District's Education Center at 440 N. Broad St. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on three Saturdays: Oct. 18, Nov. 8, and Dec. 20. The workshops are free to parents, students, Philadelphia residents, and staff of community organizations who live in Philly.
Tom Wolf's dumb idea about SRC. Inquirer
SRC, Teachers' Contract Chat. Inquirer
Letters: SRC contrary to Constitution. Daily News
Tom Corbett: 'Entrenched interests' prevent reforms. Intelligencer
Dev program ‘Coded by Kids’ expands to Martin Luther King High School. Technically Philly
The annual Philadelphia High School Fair will be held Friday and Saturday (Oct. 17 and 18) at the Armory at Drexel University on North 33rd Street, between Market and Cuthbert Streets.
More than 100 high schools from across the city will have booths that families, students, and caregivers can go to for information about school programs, extracurricular activities, admissions criteria, and how to apply.
The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign held a demonstration with parents, students, and teachers from Moffet, Masterman, and Penn Treaty schools at Gov. Corbett’s Philadelphia office late last week, in response to the School Reform Commission’s decision to cut teachers’ health benefits.
The action led to the arrest of parent and protest organizer Cheri Honkala.
Last Monday, the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the teachers' union contract and unilaterally change the health benefits for members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. After that action, PFT president Jerry Jordan charged that several of the official statements about the contract situation were "lies."
Here is a look at some of the statements and issues in dispute, and what the Notebook has been able to find out about them.
Why the SRC acted quickly, decisively. Inquirer
Chat: SRC, Philly Education. Philly.com
Teachers' union officials wrapped up a whirlwind week of protests and rallies by calling Friday on the School Reform Commission to scuttle its plans to cancel the union’s contract and come back to the bargaining table.
“What has been created in Philadelphia is not good for the children,” said Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, as he sat before a host of Democratic legislators, union leaders, community advocates, and teachers.
Linnea Hunter has changed the student behavior charts on the wall of her 3rd-grade class at Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School.
Marie Acevedo, a bilingual counselor at Lincoln High School, has installed a filter over the fluorescent lights in her office, giving it a softer, more welcoming atmosphere.
Denise Burrage, an autistic support teacher at Thomas K. Finletter School, said she has improved her communication with a hard-to-reach student, sensing his aversion to loud noise and the times when he wants to be complimented and those when he doesn’t.
All three are among the 102 School District of Philadelphia staffers from 69 schools to complete courses in the past year in trauma-informed care. This is a technical term for dealing with students by shifting the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”