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Opportunities and challenges of community schools

By Ron Whitehorne on Nov 12, 2015 03:13 PM

As Mayor Nutter prepares to depart City Hall in January, his legacy in education is facing some scrutiny. He gets good marks for his focus on raising graduation rates and support for more funding. But his agenda also included closing neighborhood public schools and the expansion of charter schools (and to a lesser extent, magnet schools), policies that drew strong opposition.

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is on record as favoring an education agenda that includes community schools. Over the length of his term, he would like to create 25 of these schools, neighborhood public schools that build community partnerships and bring under one roof the social services and supports that students and their families need.

After a scare, more details emerge in tentative budget deal

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 11, 2015 04:48 PM

After a scare Tuesday, leaders in the Pennsylvania Capitol said that the framework of a state budget agreement is still intact.

The tentative agreement includes a $400 million increase to K-12 public education this year.

Parent advocate shares information to improve education

By Catherine Offord on Nov 11, 2015 02:48 PM

How often does Notebook member Robin Roberts read the publication?

“All the time,” she said.

An education advocate in Philadelphia and the mother of three children in District schools, Roberts became a Notebook member in 2013. She said that she relies on the publication for nearly all education news.

“The Notebook is where I get most of my information,” she said. 

“I love the way the Notebook will take an idea, they will research the information, and will come back with a balanced view of what is going on.”

Caucus of Working Educators unhappy about PFT election procedures

By Dale Mezzacappa on Nov 10, 2015 03:25 PM

The Caucus of Working Educators, which is trying to topple the long-dominant Collective Bargaining (CB) Team for leadership of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, is protesting the union's election procedures -- or the lack of them so far.  

WE, as it is known, also alleges that CB-loyal building representatives – the elected union leaders at each school – are improperly seeking to bar them from distributing flyers and holding meetings in school buildings.

Pa. budget framework supports major funding boost for public schools

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Nov 9, 2015 10:04 PM

Sources in the Pennsylvania Capitol say that the framework reached Monday for a state budget agreement includes a $400 million increase to K-12 public education this year.

While $350 million would be funneled into the basic education subsidy, an additional $50 million would go to special education. Pre-K programming would also see a boost, but sources differed on the amounts.

The state's budget for higher education would increase by 5 percent.

Cybers appealing funding cuts in Chester

By Laura Benshoff for Newsworks on Nov 9, 2015 06:36 PM

Four cyber charters are appealing a case in Delaware County that reduced their funding for special education students last month.

In that decision, Judge Chad Kenney ruled that the Chester Upland School District could reduce special education tuition payments to all charters from $40,000 a student to just over $27,000.

Specters of a school's closing

By Beth Uzwiak on Nov 9, 2015 03:04 PM

For his installation reForm, artist Pepón Osorio relocated a classroom from the closed Fairhill Elementary School to another classroom – at Temple University's Tyler School of Art in North Philadelphia, a mile from Fairhill.  

To find reForm, you have to wander through Tyler’s occupied basement studios until, pushing through some double doors, you come across a row of cubbies from Fairhill. Jackets and backpacks hang from coat hooks. A stuffed bobcat, the school’s mascot, peers at you from atop a stack of books. Turn the corner, and a life-sized cutout of Fairhill’s former principal, Darlene Lomax-Garrett, welcomes you to the installation.   

Help the Notebook as we examine standardized testing in Pa.

By Paul Socolar on Nov 6, 2015 05:16 PM

The debate about standardized testing has taken center stage in recent weeks, with the Obama administration acknowledging that its policies have contributed to a climate of overtesting in schools.

Teachers put their literacy training to work at Taylor Elementary

By Fabiola Cineas on Nov 6, 2015 04:16 PM

Es tiempo de limpiar y regresar a sus mesas,” said Carolena Lescano as she called the attention of the 26 2nd-graders in her dual-language classroom at Bayard Taylor Elementary School in North Philadelphia.

Then in English: “It’s time to clean up and return to your tables.” 

Children's books by and about Native Americans

By Sarah Stippich on Nov 6, 2015 03:18 PM

Almost 100 years ago, the first attempts were made to establish a holiday honoring American Indians. These days, some state and local governments have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, and since 1990, November has been widely recognized as Native American Heritage Month. This November, encourage the children in your life to learn more about American Indian cultures.*

Pa. considers revising vaccination requirements

By Taunya English for NewsWorks on Nov 6, 2015 03:02 PM

Pennsylvania schoolchildren who show up for classes without all their immunizations would have far less time to get up to date under a new proposal put forth by the state Department of Health.

There will be plenty of debate on the proposal in coming months, but Pennsylvania's health secretary said families should have five days – instead of eight months – to get school children vaccinated.

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