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Notes from the news, Oct. 4

By Anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 08:46 AM

notes from the news imageNew data: only 10% of Philly students earn a degree Notebook NEWSFLASH
The study tracked the class of students who entered 9th grade in 1999 and found that only 10% had earned an associate's or bachelor's degree by 2009.

Emanuel Freeman: The Man Who Duped City Hall Philadelphia Magazine
Freeman managed Germantown Settelement, which took in about $100 million in taxpayers' money and ran a now-closed charter school.

See also: Ringside: Another Phila. example of clout, incompetence The Inquirer (opinion)

Inquirer Editorial: Keep tabs on charters The Inquirer
Charter oversight "should be shifted to the state Department of Education."

One Nation Rally: Movement for jobs, justice, and peace fills the Mall The Notebook blog
A counter-rally to Glen Beck's August rally brought out tens of thousands of union members and other activists.

Philadelphia district keeping charter schools from flexing their muscle The Inquirer (opinion)
Naomi Johnson Booker of Philadelphia Charters for Excellence says charters are the ones changing public education, "succeeding where traditional schools fail."

See also: A Charter for Superman NBC Philadelphia

Meet the Notebook at the HS Expo! The Notebook blog
We handed out more than 1,000 copies of the Notebook Fall Guide and past editions of the paper. Thanks to Frank, Paul, Patrick, Corey, and Peak for staffing the table and to all the students, parents, teachers, and others who stopped by to say hello.

See also: Philadelphia High School Expo Fox 29

Elevating the Education Reform Debate Practical Theory blog
SLA Principal Chris Lehmann is participating in the virtual discussion today at 5 p.m. He has also started blogging on Huffington Post.

See also: Huffington Post - This Is Not an Education Debate Practical Theory blog

Philadelphia district sues school and state The Inquirer
The District has sued Walter D. Palmer charter for violating the District's enrollment cap.

Inquirer Editorial: The answer is jobs The Inquirer

Schoolnet Launches Respond™, RTI Software Leveraging Data to Help Struggling Students PRWeb

Review of Intel's Classmate PC Philly Teacher blog

Tony Danza's reality TV show "Teach" debuts WHYY

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One Nation Rally: Movement for jobs, justice, and peace fills the Mall

By Ron Whitehorne on Oct 3, 2010 01:20 PM

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Washington on Saturday for jobs, justice, and education, an effective counterpoint to the right-wing Glen Beck affair in August.  

Unfortunately the media mostly played down the event or missed its significance. The Inquirer, for example,did not have a reporter at the event and ran a wire-service article on page 4 of Sunday's edition, characterizing it alternately as a Democratic election rally and a protest around a “grab bag of issues”  ranging from “universal health care”… to “vegetarianism.”

Meet the Notebook at the HS Expo!

By Anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 05:20 PM

The District's High School Expo is this weekend at Temple's Liacouras Center. We'll be handing out copies of our Fall Guide all weekend. Come say hi to Notebook staff, volunteers, and interns.

The deadline for high school applications is Oct. 29 and this event is a great opportunity to get additional information as you make your selections--or for 7th graders to get a head start on the process. Counselors: if you would like copies of the Guide for use with your students, please visit us our table to pick up copies.

Notes from the news, Oct. 1

By Anonymous on Oct 1, 2010 09:04 AM

notes from the news imageInquirer Editorial: Some teachers need to go The Inquirer
Teachers' unions can help support education reform by agreeing to merit pay, closure of low-performing schools, and adding more school options in areas where neighborhood schools are bad.

For actor Tony Danza, 'Teach,' was a good career move; principal praises him Daily News
Danza says he really wanted to help his students and that he "wasn't pimping Philadelphia's kids."

Shuttered school may get a second chance Philadelphia Business Journal
The District is working with city economic development officials to figure out how to use William Penn High.

What's our message? The Notebook blog
The PILCOP Symposium on Equality ended with a discussion of next steps and how to organize for education reform in Philadelphia.

Entrepreneur's Local Partnerships Help Kids Play NPR
KaBOOM! helps build playgrounds and last June they built one at Imani Education Circle Charter School.

Hunting Park: Local Center Gives Students a ‘Dream’ Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Reflecting on Tech Integration Philly Teacher blog

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What's our message?

By Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 03:39 PM

The concluding discussion of  the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia's (PILCOP) Symposium on Equality Thursday returned to the keynote address earlier in the day, by Warren Simmons. Simmons urged attendees to look at who is "drawing the maps" of the current education debate.

He said those "cartographers" are a narrow group of leaders and corporate philanthropies. Communities are not dictating the agenda. Simmons said, "We have to build a community-centered platform for reform."

Notes from the news, Sept. 30

By Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 08:36 AM

notes from the news imageExperts Take On 'Waiting For Superman' Fox 29
Superintendent Ackerman, Scott Gordon of Mastery Charter, and others attended a screening of the film and gave feedback.

See also: Applying to A Charter School In PA Fox 29

Ronnie Polaneczky: Yet another round of hearings on school violence Daily News
Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hearings continued this week, but we've had hearings many times before, and what comes of them?

Parents are our partners after all The Notebook blog
Teachers often see parents only a few times a year, but there are ways at home that parents can support teaching

Philadelphia district to investigate Clymer Elementary principal's job performance The Inquirer
The District will see if living and running for office in Maryland has affected the principal's job performance.

Focus 46 school names released The Notebook blog
These schools will be the focus of a new school safety program.

Jonathan Storm: Teach: Tony Danza' on A&E: A sensitive teacher and a fine, rare look at high school reality The Inquirer
The show is "serious and uplifting."

See also: Ellen Gray: Tony Danza & 'Teach': On a learning curve Daily News

Philly Is Number One The Philly Post
But not for positive reasons.

Hearing postponed on charter-school dispute The Inquirer 

Oprah rewards Mastery South Philly Review

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa. name new CEO Philadelphia Business Journal

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Focus 46 school names released

By Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 12:14 PM

Here are the schools that will be part of the new District school safety campaign announced last week:

Parents are our partners after all

By Frank Murphy on Sep 29, 2010 11:03 AM

This piece originally appeared on CitySchoolStories.com.

Right now schools throughout the city are hosting back-to-school nights. At these events, parents and teachers are provided with the opportunity to meet one another for the first time. This occasion, in addition to report conference nights, is usually the only time that most parents will have face-to-face contact with their children’s teachers. 

Notes from the news, Sept. 29

By Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 09:06 AM

notes from the news imageKey senator sides with charter school against Phila. enrollment limits The Inquirer
State Sen. Piccola, head of the Senate Committee on Education, says that Philadelphia's enrollment caps go against the state charter law.

Mastery Charter Schools, Phila. district get U.S. aid for reforms The Inquirer
Mastery gets $5.1 million more in federal funds to expand and the District gets $3.8 million to create small learning communities in five neighborhood high schools.

See also: More grants for schools  Daily News

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia schools tout education innovations Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
State senate education leaders point to Philly and Pittsburgh teachers' union contracts as good examples of coming to agreement on tough issues like merit pay and evaluation.

Big names in education in town Thursday The Notebook blog
PILCOP is holding a Symposium on Equality and Deborah Meier, Warren Simmons, and others will be in town to speak on education issues.

Principal's availability called into question The Inquirer
Kevin W. Parson is principal at Clymer, but he is a resident of Baltimore and was running for state-wide office there.

School bus involved in SW Phila. crash 6 ABC

Students: Danza made the grade as English teacher TODAY Show

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Big names in education in town Thursday

By Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 02:18 PM

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) is hosting its third annual Symposium on Equality on Thursday. The symposium is from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Arch Street Meeting House, and will be followed by the Thaddeus Stevens Award cocktail reception and dinner from 5-9 p.m. at The Down Town Club. Tickets are only on sale for a few more hours.

Warren Simmons, current director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and former executive director of the Philadelphia Education Fund will give the keynote address titled "What is Washington doing and does it help or hurt?"

Deborah Meier and James H. (Torch) Lytle will discuss what it takes to produce quality education in racially isolated, high poverty schools. Other topics include special education, the legal framework for education, and what contributes to students leaving school.

Notes from the news, Sept. 28

By Anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 08:31 AM

notes from the news imageMayor Nutter launches SERVE Phila. 6 ABC
The new volunteer initiative includes opportunities to tutor, help with afterschool programs, be a graduation coach, and more.

See also: Philadelphia looking for volunteers WHYY
SERVE Phila. volunteers plan announced Philadelphia Business Journal

Bok and South Philly High: What's different and what hasn't changed The Notebook blog
Helen Gym explains how the District's response to another case of violence against Asian students has been problematic, but that leadership and communication at Bok is very different than South Phily.

Get all children schools they deserve Philadelphia Tribune (opinion)
Excerpts from Justin Hudson's speech to his graduating classmates at Hunter College High School about the disparities in a system that prepares some students well and discards the rest "like refuse."

Charter School Sues District For $1.7M Fox 29
Walter D. Palmer Charter has taken the dispute over enrollment caps to the courts.

See also: Philadelphia School District Sued for Illegal Enrollment Caps, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools Supports Lawsuit Marketwire

Charter Teachers Talk Accountability Fox 29

More on teachers' addresses as public information It's Our Money

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Bok and South Philly High: What's different and what hasn't changed

By Helen Gym on Sep 27, 2010 01:17 PM

I, like many people, felt my stomach drop when I first heard that two Chinese immigrant youth had been sent to the emergency room after an assault by multiple classmates at Bok High School. It wasn’t just that youth had been attacked, though that was certainly crushing.

It was the language out of the School District just a few days later: Based on an initial review, race was not a factor. Moreover, it was the sense that some were treating this attack as a case of "kids being kids" rather than as the horrific incident that it was.

Notes from the news, Sept. 27

By Anonymous on Sep 27, 2010 08:46 AM

notes from the news imageParallel worlds: Two schools a short journey apart The Notebook
The October edition is focused on school funding and this article compares Overbrook High School to Lower Merion High School, which are just a few miles apart, but in different districts.

NBC Steals the Cake Philly Teacher blog
NBC is airing Education Nation, "a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America," but in-depth conversations have already been taking place at #edchat on Twitter.

See also: What Randi Weingarten Should Have Said Practical Theory

Inquirer Editorial: Lessons in violence The Inquirer
The District has tried many ways to decrease violence in the schools, but let's hope the Focus 46 plan works.

Introducing City School Stories The Notebook blog
Notebook blogger Frank Murphy now has his own blog to promote his book about being an urban principal and share thoughts about working in urban schools.

Palmer charter school sues Philadelphia School District over disputed funding The Inquirer
Palmer says the charter enrollment cap violates state law, and their lawyer says he won two similar prior cases.

If DREAM Act fails, America will suffer Philadelphia Tribune (opinion)
The DREAM Act was blocked last week, but why don't we "embrace [undocumented students] as future Americans?"

2 unions favor tuition proposal Daily News
The unions favor State Sen. Anthony Williams voucher bill, which is in the state legislature now.

Should teachers' addresses be public information? It's Our Money

Daily Walkthroughs with GoogleApps and the iPad Practical Theory blog

Sustainability and Gadgetry Philly Teacher blog

Awaiting Release: "Waiting For Superman" Fox 29

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Introducing City School Stories

By Frank Murphy on Sep 24, 2010 02:56 PM

Evaluating the success of America’s public schools has become a national focus. Elected officials, business leaders, wealthy philanthropists, and a host of educational entrepreneurs are typically the individuals who have been most active in characterizing the performance of today’s public schools for the American media.  These non-educators generally do not speak well of the effectiveness of our public schools and systems.

In August of this year I launched my own blog cityschoolstories.com

Notes from the news, Sept. 24

By Anonymous on Sep 24, 2010 08:43 AM

notes from the news imagePhiladelphia schools, agencies receive millions in federal grants The Inquirer
Congressman Chaka Fattah's office announced the awards to Mastery, CORE, JEVS, Chestnut Hill College, and others.

See also: Fattah Announces Major Grants for Philadelphia Education Including $21 million for Children's Literacy, $7 million for Mastery Charter PRNewswire
Mastery gets $7 million from feds The Notebook blog

Universal gets Promise Neighborhood grant The Notebook blog
Universal Companies won $500,000 to study the possibility of making Gray's Ferry and Point Breeze a Promise Neighborhood like the Harlem Children's Zone.

Pennsylvania Education Department schedules hearing over Philadelphia district's dispute with charter school The Inquirer
The hearing is about the dispute with Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners, which has been operating with more grades and students than the SRC officially approved.

Gimme Three Steps Philadelphia City Paper
The steps to respond to a problem like the students assaulted at Bok: 1. de-emphasize race, 2. invoke zero tolerance, 3. issue a vague report.

See also: Bok students attacked in school South Philly Review

Plan for school security rapped as 'same old' Daily News
Critics say the plan will criminalize students and not address the root cause of truancy and school violence.

See also: District to install safety plan in schools Philadelphia Tribune

Principal keeps promise as Dobbins makes AYP Philadelphia Tribune
The barbering students gave their principal a new haircut. 

Finding the Strength to Write Practical Theory blog
Loud voices with lots of money are making Chris Lehmann feel a bit defeated. He realized you still have to make your voice heard, so please chime in on his (or our) blog.

See also: TEDx speakers to spread the knowledge in Pennsylvania The Inquirer

Philadelphia Arts in Education gets $1M grant Philadelphia Business Journal

Frankford High School is Hosting “Back to School Night”! The Frankford Gazette

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