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Notes from the news, June 7

By Anonymous on Jun 7, 2010 08:41 AM

South Philadelphia High: Some changes made, some problems endure The Inquirer
South Philly High is back on the front page. Students say they are still nervous and scared in the school, even with dozens of new security cameras and new programs.

'I don't remember' source of West complaint, says Archie The Notebook blog
SRC Chair Robert L. Archie held the vote to approve West's Renaissance Schools' provider because he thought the potential conflict of interest was serious enough to warrant a delay.

See also: Ackerman says she knew West parent worked for nonprofit The Inquirer
Ackerman: West Philly Renaissance delay not parents' fault Daily News

Ed funding, as usual, central to Pa. budget debate York Daily Record via AP
Rendell says he's "ready for the 101 days if necessary" to secure education funding again in this year's budget.

See also: Pa. funding research on Rendell policies The Inquirer

Building a legacy because he has to Philadelphia Tribune
Profile of SRC Chair Robert L. Archie, which includes some insight into his background and his favorite movie.

The Community is Our Best Resource: How ‘Grow Your Own’ could work for Philly Philly Education Justice blog
Grow Your Own is a program that helps community members who want to become teachers through the certification process.

Parents and Schools Working to Accelerate Student Achievement The Frankford Gazette
The District is holding an education summit this Saturday at Carver High School.

A Top Philadelphia Educator Takes a Job in Milwaukee KYW

Kingsessing Residents tell their story through performance Voice of Philadelphia

Briefly... CITY/REGION [For those a few credits short] Daily News

Daniel Rubin: Kudos to a counselor at law and in life The Inquirer

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'I don't remember' source of West complaint, says Archie

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 5, 2010 07:00 PM

School Reform Commission chairman Robert Archie said Friday that he “doesn’t remember” who alerted him about a potential conflict of interest on the advisory council that voted on matching West Philadelphia High School with a turnaround provider – though he thought the complaint serious enough to delay the SRC's approval and launch an investigation.

Notes from the news, June 4

By Anonymous on Jun 4, 2010 08:48 AM

West teachers must decide Friday; SAC chair calls probe a "travesty" The Notebook blog
West's 62 teachers must decide today if they are staying at the school or leaving it. Teachers who do stay will face another force-transfer next year because District officials say the school will remain on the Renaissance list.

See also: Elmer Smith: At West Philly High: Renaissance or inquisition? Daily News

What about Alyiah? The Notebook NEWSFLASH
Alyiah is a student in Daroff's longstanding life skills program. The program will remain at the school under Universal's charter management, but Universal doesn't have experience managing a program like Daroff's.

WATCH: Philly Student Union's School Year in Review Philly Education Justice blog
PSU created a video montage reflecting on the 2009-10 school year.

Homeless 3rd Grader Opens Officials' Eyes on Serious Issue NBC Philadelphia
Students from McCall Elementary have been studying homelessness and talked to city council about the issue.

8 local school districts getting federal construction bonds The Inquirer
Philadelphia will get $147 million from a stimulus program, but District officials are not sure yet how it will be used.

University City: Youth Chess Helps in the Strategy of Life Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Heidi Ramírez deja Philly y será jefa académica en Milwaukee Al Día

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West teachers must decide Friday; SAC chair calls probe a 'travesty'

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 4, 2010 12:14 AM

Following the surprise announcement that West Philadelphia High School would not become a Renaissance School next year after all, School District officials told West’s 62 teachers Thursday that they had 24 hours to decide whether to stay or go.

Notes from the news, June 3

By Anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 06:38 AM

West Philly won't be Ren. School next year The Notebook blog
West Philly High will be an Empowerment School for the 2010-11 school year.

See also: District delays overhaul of West Phila. High The Inquirer
West Philadelphia High School Concerned Communities UC Review

New education standards approved by Nat. Governors Association WHYY
The Common Core standards are one way states are working to better prepare students for college and career, and keep education quality more consistent.

Pa. takes another shot at federal schools money The Inquirer
Pennsylvania applied for round two of Race to the Top funding to try to bring in $400 million.

General George G. Meade School Team Win Adele Magner Memorial Award, Given 6/7 Broadway.com
Eighth grade student Jamekea S. Lee, teacher Lori Odum, and teaching artist Dwight Wilkins won an award from the Philadelphia Young Playwrights.

'If I were a rich man' The Notebook blog
F reflects on why rich men supported State Sen. Anthony Williams' gubernatorial campaign with large contributions, and how other people can make their voices heard as loud as rich men's.

Second Grader Wins Annual Fire Prevention Contest KYW

Future of proposed Hebrew language school uncertain WHYY

Thoughts on Facebook Privacy Philly Teacher blog

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West Philly won't be Ren. School next year

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 2, 2010 04:52 PM

West Philadelphia High School won't be joining the Renaissance after all - at least not for another year.

'If I were a rich man'

By Frank Murphy on Jun 2, 2010 10:58 AM

Lately when I think of the voucher or charter school movement, I hear Tevye from The Fiddler on the Roof singing, “If I Were a Rich Man.” This song became stuck in my head after reading in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the astronomical amounts of money donated to the gubernatorial campaign of State Senator Anthony Williams, primarily by three Bala Cynwyd businessmen.

Notes from the news, June 2

By Anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 07:55 AM

Former SRC commissioner to head academics in Milwaukee The Notebook blog
Heidi Ramirez is leaving Philly to become chief academic officer in new Milwaukee Superintendent Gregory Thornton's cabinet.

See also: Phila. educator Ramirez takes top post in Milwaukee The Inquirer

PA submits new Race to the Top application The Notebook blog
PA applies for round two of the federal stimulus funding. The state strengthened its application by getting many more school districts to sign on and say they'll work with the required reforms.

Rewriting the lesson plan The Inquirer (opinion)
Mighty Writers founder describes how alternative approaches can help kids learn.

A school where everyone performs The Inquirer
A profile of Philadelphia's Performing Arts Charter School.

Latest Fad 'Silly Bandz' Causing a Distraction in Schools KYW

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PA submits new Race to the Top application

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 1, 2010 05:50 PM

Pennsylvania is one of 35 states and the District of Columbia that have submitted new Race to the Top applications in hopes of winning up to $400 million in federal aid.

The deadline for Round Two of the competition run by the Department of Education was Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. In the first round, only Delaware and Tennessee were awarded grants, getting $600 million between them. The original pot was $4.3 billion.

Former SRC commissioner to head academics in Milwaukee

By Helen Gym on Jun 1, 2010 11:12 AM

Heidi Ramirez, the former School Reform Commissioner who was highly regarded for her commitment to accountability and public engagement during her tenure, is leaving Philadelphia to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Notes from the news, June 1

By Anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 08:11 AM

Blackwell: Glad for West Philly delay The Notebook blog
City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell would not confirm that she was the source of the SRC delaying the vote on West Philly High's provider. A District spokesperson said they hope to resolve the issue by tomorrow.

Philadelphia Student Union Celebrates 15 Years of Youth Power Philly Education Justice blog
PSU celebrates its 15th anniversary tonight at FACTS Charter School.

Editorial: Let's do lunch The Inquirer
"If it ain't broke," don't try to fix Philly's successful universal feeding program.

Supporters defend Ackerman Philadelphia Tribune
Ackerman told the Tribune editorial board, "To tell you the truth, I didn’t even want a bonus." Supporters praise her work and say she deserves her $65,000 bonus.

Hebrew-language charter school proposed for Center City The Inquirer
Businessman pushes ahead with plans for a Hebrew charter, to operate as another campus of World Communications Charter School, but the school does not have SRC approval.

Charter Schools as an Option A Very Public Education
Sparked by our Summer edition on charter schools, Public Ed Mom recounts some of her experiences with charters.

The dreaded '5th-year decision' Daily News (opinion)
Urges city leadership to set goals, which will galvanize grassroots action, for the number of newborns today who will enroll in public schools in five years.

Olney: Violence in Schools Philadelphia Neighborhoods
More coverage of the most recent public hearing in a series held by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

High School Dropouts Costly for American Economy CBS News

School District of Philadelphia to Recognize Students for High Academic Achievement PRWeb

Mayfair: Abraham Lincoln High School Gets a Face Lift Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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Blackwell: Glad for West Philly delay

By Benjamin Herold on May 31, 2010 11:05 AM

It can seem that all roads in West Philadelphia eventually run through City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

Is going back to basics the key to the future?

By Dale Mezzacappa on May 28, 2010 03:16 PM

At Wednesday's SRC meeting, there were two fascinating discussions that touched on one of the most persistent philosophical debates in education: are remediation and rigor mutually exclusive? This debate always plays out in figuring out the best ways improve the basic skills of those who have fallen behind.

One was about Corrective Reading and Corrective Math. The other was about School of the Future.

Notes from the news, May 28

By Anonymous on May 28, 2010 08:48 AM

Charter boom – no end in sight The Notebook
The Summer edition is focused on charter schools, which if taken together would be the second largest school district in the state.

City schools' diversity chief resigns The Inquirer
Theos McKinney worked in the diversity office since October and headed the Task Force for Racial and Cultural Harmony, which was created after the Dec. 3 violence at South Philly.

More on the growth in central office The Notebook blog
An apparent increase of more than 200 jobs in the central office is more complicated than that, according to District Chief Business Officer Michael Masch.

Report: Percentage of high-poverty schools rises AP via Philly.com
The 2010 Condition of Education found wide disparities between high-poverty and low-poverty schools including a 23% gap in the graduation rate.

Teaching from the inside out The Notebook blog
Linda Christensen has a great, inspirational new book about teaching language arts.

Help Wanted - E=mc2 CBS 21
Temple University runs the teacher recruitment program to bring in more STEM middle school teachers.

The PFT will pursue the issue of unlicensed principals PFT blog
PFT president Jerry Jordan reiterates his point that evaluations done by uncertified principals should be thrown out.

Philadelphia Recreation Department offering hundreds of summer jobs WHYY

School Of The Future's 1st Class Graduates Fox 29

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More on the growth in central office

By Paul Socolar on May 27, 2010 07:23 PM

Last week we reported on District budget data that appears to show substantial growth in spending for administrative support since 2008-09, including growth in the number of administrative staff positions.

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