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.
ACE Mentor Program Offers High School Students Hands-On Experience In Design Trades. University City Review
Push to narrow the digital divide. Inquirer
Letters: Apprenticeships build careers. Daily News
State budget stalemate Day 135:
Proposed referendum worries York school officials. York Dispatch News
Superintendents: 'Back-end referendums' could harm school districts. Bucks County Courier Times
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.
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.”
Newly elected Philadelphia mayor and city council push Penn to pay PILOTs. Daily Pennsylvanian
State budget stalemate Day 134:
State budget negotiations stay on track. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Learn about State budget and its impact on community this Wednesday. West Philly Local
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.
Specters of a school's closing. Notebook
Philly teacher brings highs and lows of her experience to the stage. Sante Fe New Mexican
Why aren’t schools in poor communities built to meet local students’ needs? The Hechinger Report
State budget stalemate Day 133:
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.
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.
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.
Activists call Comcast-Phila. franchise deal 'turkey'. Business Journal
Prof. helps high schoolers expand science skills by building a telescope. Daily Pennsylvanian
Science Teachers Unite This Week In Philadelphia. CBS Philly
State budget stalemate Day 132:
Pa. budget facing two paths. Daily News
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.
“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.”
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.*
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.