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Ackerman mentored next Chicago schools CEO

By Celeste Lavin on Apr 25, 2011 04:05 PM

Chicago's mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel tapped former Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard to be the next CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

While Emanuel, the former mayor of Rochester, and others have expressed their support for Brizard, Rochester community groups have been sending their “condolences” to the Chicago public school community, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Nutter orders 'fact-finding' in King case

By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 01:58 PM

Mayor Nutter announced at a press conference today that he has ordered Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman to investigate the controversy around selecting a charter provider for King High.

Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks reporter Bill Hangley, Jr. was at the press conference and will have a full report later this afternoon. Here's the full report.

The human cost of education cuts: Josh's story

By Guest blogger on Apr 25, 2011 10:57 AM

This guest blog post is from Joshua Glenn, Sarah Morris, and Hannah Zellman of Education Not Incarceration-Delaware Valley.


By the time he reached 10th grade, Joshua Glenn already knew that Philadelphia’s schools didn’t have the support he needed. He was failing math and struggling to get the individual attention he needed in an overcrowded classroom. Fights broke out daily, and the routine morning searches made him feel like a criminal.

Notes from the news, Apr. 25

By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 09:39 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman speaks about 'secret' meeting on King charter The Notebook blog
Superintendent Ackerman acknowledged that Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery was in the closed-door meeting about King's management.

See also: District: Nunery sat 'shocked' in March meeting The Notebook blog
Ackerman: Nunery never shared meeting details The Notebook blog
King SAC chair: Archie pressured us The Notebook blog
Commentary: A scandal that can't be ignored The Notebook blog
Deputy superintendent attended King High School private meeting The Inquirer

Violent city schools are result of a lack of strong leadership Philly.com (opinion)
Op-ed from auditor general Jack Wagner that calls violence the "No. 1" problem in Philly schools.

Pushout stories correspond to, challenge school reform commission findings Voice of Philadelphia
Students discuss their stories of being pushed out of school.

District: Despite budget woes, 'we will make it work' The Notebook blog
The final installment in a five-part series about the facilities master plan.

PA School Talk Live Discussions, Apr. 21-27 PA School Talk
The site will host daily live discussions about vouchers at 1 p.m.

Enough Already Practical Theory blog
The divisive tone of the education debate needs to stop.

Budget ax threatens school nurses The Inquirer

Is Teaching an Art or a Science? Philly Teacher blog

Voucher Contributions Keystone State Education Coalition

Kristen Graham chats Philly schools Monday 4 p.m. Philly School Files blog

School voucher issue in debate Philadelphia Tribune

Benjamin Franklin students, staff relocated due to health hazard The Hall Monitor blog

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Commentary: A scandal that can't be ignored

By Helen Gym on Apr 24, 2011 11:20 PM

Recent revelations about the role of School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie in the awarding of a school contract that could be worth up to $60 million demand a full investigation from state agencies and a response from Mayor Nutter.

Ackerman: Nunery never shared meeting details

By the Notebook on Apr 23, 2011 12:22 PM

In another statement released through her spokeswoman Saturday morning, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said has she never gotten details of the closed-door meeting to discuss the future of Martin Luther King High School from her deputy, Leroy Nunery.

District: Nunery sat 'shocked' in March meeting

By Paul Socolar on Apr 23, 2011 10:43 AM

In a late night statement, a School District spokesperson said that Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery was the previously unnamed District official present in a pivotal, closed-door meeting about the fate of King High School on March 16.

King SAC chair: Archie pressured us

By the Notebook on Apr 22, 2011 05:31 PM

by Bill Hangley, Jr.

Members of a key parent committee at Martin Luther King High say they are pleased to see Foundations Inc. withdraw from contention for the school’s charter.

But they still want to know the whole story about the role played by School Reform Commission Chair Robert L. Archie in the unfolding drama.

King’s School Advisory Council (SAC) has called for a full investigation into Archie's role, citing three recent encounters that have left the group questioning the SRC chair's impartiality when it comes to Foundations.

District: Despite budget woes, 'we will make it work'

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 22, 2011 01:30 PM

Although they are facing a $629 million budget shortfall, District officials are adamant that their facilities master plan is not about saving money, but completely redesigning the way the District does business.

Rather than seek targeted school closures, say officials, they hope to dispose of up to 50 buildings, change grade configurations, meet new school size guidelines, alter feeder patterns, and radically overhaul the way the District delivers career and technical education, special education, early childhood education, services for English language learners, and athletics. 

But with no money and a scheduled 50 percent cut in central office staff, will they be able to make it work – and should they try? 

Notes from the news, Apr. 22

By Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 09:54 AM

notes from the news imageFoundations withdraws from plan to run Martin Luther King High The Inquirer
King will remain a District school next year. Foundations' contract providing support services at the school ends in June and will not be renewed.

See also: Foundations withdraws bid for King The Notebook blog
DN Editorial: Foundations/Mosaica school flap: Just offal? Daily News
Foundations withdraws its bid to run King High School Daily News
MLK High charter bid dropped
Philadelphia Tribune
Conflicts, changes, upheaval in Renaissance process Philly School Files blog

Nutter wants to talk to Archie about closed-door meeting WHYY/NewsWorks
Mayor Nutter wants to talk to SRC Chair Archie about Archie's role in a closed-door discussion about King High's management.

See also: Phila. school leader's actions on charter deal raise ethical concerns WHYY/NewsWorks

Dissent lingers as vote nears on Audenried & Vare becoming charter schools run by Universal Daily News
The SRC will vote on Wednesday about turning Vare and Audenried over to Universal Companies to run as charters.

Growth in: Engagement The Notebook blog
The Notebook has a lot of growth to celebrate and share with you. Please join us for our annual event on June 7!

District: It's not all about school closings The Notebook blog
Installment four in a five-part series about the facilities master plan discusses the changes coming to LaBrum and Gratz.

Annette John-Hall: Failing to nurture student chefs' hopes The Inquirer
It is likely that the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program will end after this year.

Dr. Ackerman on the Tom Joyner Morning Show A Broad View blog

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District: It's not all about school closings

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 21, 2011 06:22 PM

Even if your school isn’t likely to be closed, that doesn’t mean it won’t be affected by the District’s facilities master planning process.

Just ask the folks at LaBrum Middle in Northeast Philadelphia and Simon Gratz High in North Philadelphia.

Though neither of those schools is being shut down, both are set for significant changes as part of the District’s first set of “right-sizing” recommendations. LaBrum is being folded into its feeder school, Hancock Elementary, while Gratz is poised to add grades 6-8.

Foundations withdraws bid for King

By the Notebook on Apr 21, 2011 04:59 PM

by Bill Hangley, Jr.

Citing the influence of a “small and vocal minority," Foundations Inc. today took itself out of consideration for the charter to operate Martin Luther King High in Germantown, ending the organization’s eight-year relationship with the school.

The decision will delay King’s planned charter conversion for at least a year.

Growth in: Engagement

By Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 04:16 PM

On June 7 the Notebook community will gather to celebrate 17 years of independent publishing for Philadelphia's education community — and a year of exciting growth.

In recent months, one of the most striking areas of growth has been the use of our website.

Notes from the news, Apr. 21

By Anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 09:49 AM

notes from the news imageMLK High charter plan falling apart The Inquirer
Breaking news: Foundations, Inc. has withdrawn its bid to manage King High.

See also: Conflicts, changes, upheaval in Renaissance process Philly School Files blog
Phila. school leader's actions on charter deal raise ethical concerns WHYY/NewsWorks

District to charters: Don't try to expand and get a building discount The Notebook blog
In part three in a series of interview excerpts, District staffer Danielle Floyd and consultant Tracy Richter explain how plans to sell facilities could affect charters.

NW Philly parents speculate on District's potential targets WHYY/NewsWorks
At a facilities community meeting last week parents learned more about the facilities process, but not which schools may be closed in their area. 

Notes from the Field-Every Dollar Counts in Budget Crises City School Stories
Former principal Frank Murphy describes some of the difficult decisions he faced as a principal with limited funds.

Live, Online Q & A Series on School Vouchers Begins April 21 Keystone State Education Coalition
The Education Law Center will be hosting an online series on its site PA School Talk.

Philadelphia graduate returns home as an award-winning producer The Inquirer
The Inquirer also wrote about Thomas Oliver when he was a student who participated in a voluntary desegregation program that took him across town to attend George Washington High.

Letters: Philadelphia schools actually need less disruption Daily News

Going green helping to keep school districts in the black The Inquirer

Rep. Roebuck Visits Arise Academy Charter High School UC Review

why don’t you all just f-f-f-ade away… The Workshop blog

Report: Full-day kindergarten improves reading Keystone State Education Coalition

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