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Notes from the news, Jan. 12

By Erika Owens on Jan 12, 2010 11:04 AM

Ackerman's dithering has shaken confidence The Inquirer (opinion)
Inquirer deputy editorial page editor summarized the missteps in Ackerman's response to incidents at South Philly High.

See also: Angst Still Felt at South Philly High Pacific Citizen

Editorial: Educating higher The Inquirer
Praise for Mayor Nutter's education agenda.

New art-oriented high school in Phila. praised The Inquirer
A look at school choice through lens of a new Arts Academy at Rush High School.

Karen Heller: An early start, a big step ahead The Inquirer
Praise for Pennsylvania and Philly's increased investment in early childhood ed since 2002.

Number of free, noncredit courses on Web increasing The Inquirer

N.J. legislature denies in-state tuition for illegal immigrants The Inquirer

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In case you missed it: Unsung hero, TFA, teacher quality

By Erika Owens on Jan 11, 2010 04:52 PM

Top Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Unsung Hero 2009 - Helen Gym Asian Pacific Americans for Progress blog
Congrats to Helen! She was nominated for her ongoing activism, including her work with students at South Philly High. Part of the group who co-founded the Notebook, she's still involved on our Leadership Board and as a blogger.

Teach for America: Icon with Feet of Clay? Blue Avocado
A thorough overview of the many debates and discussions TFA inspires.

What Makes a Great Teacher? The Atlantic via The Educated Reporter blog
To try to answer that question reporter Amanda Ripley studied data TFA has collected since it began in 1990. The data point to several personal factors that affect success in the classroom including perseverance, grit, and "life satisfaction."

See also: Thompson: How We Feel about Urban Education This Week In Education

Study shows how dumb we can be Class Struggle
Jay Mathews highlighted a study that tracked how teachers use classroom time.

Race to the Top, contract deadlines converging

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jan 11, 2010 12:50 PM

As if contract negotiations with the PFT are not difficult enough, this year they are complicated by the competition among states for the $4 billion in Race to the Top (RttT) funds being handed out by the US Department of Education.

More than 130 Pennsylvania districts, including Philadelphia, have indicated they want to be in on the state's application, which could bring the state as much as $400 million. The deadline for interested districts to submit a "memo of understanding" (MOU) that is signed by the administration, governing body and teachers' union is Wednesday, January 13.

UPDATE: The PFT and District have signed an MOU.

Notes from the news, Jan. 11

By Erika Owens on Jan 11, 2010 10:54 AM

Ax falls on two District PR staffers The Notebook blog
On Friday, Vincent Thompson and Felecia Ward "were laid off due to a reorganization," according to Evelyn Sample-Oates, District chief communications officer.

See also: Two school-district press aides laid off in personnel reorg Daily News

It's everyone's problem The Inquirer (opinion)
Op-ed from Superintendent Ackerman, which places the events in South Philly as part of a violent "larger social phenomenon."

Race to the Top, contract deadlines converging The Notebook blog
The District and PFT must sign a "memorandum of understanding" for the District to sign on to RttT application.

Inqlings: School musical worthy of a Tony The Inquirer
Northeast High is staging a musical for a fundraiser. It will take place Jan. 21 with Tony Danza and students from Northeast, Washington, and Furness.

Area districts ponder using $460 million stimulus The Inquirer
Philly and other local districts are eligible for low-interest bonds for construction or renovation projects.

Letters The Inquirer
Writer calls for Ackerman's resignation.

Would-be teachers flock to info sessions The Inquirer

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Ax falls on two District PR staffers

By Paul Socolar on Jan 10, 2010 01:18 AM

At the end of a difficult news week for Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, two veteran media relations specialists in the District's communications office were abruptly terminated Friday, effective immediately.

Notes from the news, Jan. 8

By Erika Owens on Jan 8, 2010 10:58 AM

City schools contract with PFT nearing deadline The Inquirer
The contract deadline is next Friday, but by next Wednesday the District and union must come to an agreement over the Race to the Top grant app.

Former Phila. education secretary grades Nutter It's Our City
Debra Kahn also offers the Nutter administration some advice, such as continuning to foster partnerships with nonprofits.

Guest blog: Theory of action The Notebook blog
What approach does the District take to leadership? This analysis shows that approach to be very top-down and centralized.

Letters: Early education can put kids on a path to college The Inquirer
Notebook board member Christie Balka writes about the value of early ed.

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Guest blog: Theory of action

By Guest blogger on Jan 7, 2010 03:00 PM

Welcome to the guest blogger section of the Notebook blog.

This week's post comes from James H. Lytle, professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (GSE).

Notes from the news, Jan. 7

By Erika Owens on Jan 7, 2010 09:15 AM

Another city agency keeps watch at S. Phila. High The Inquirer
The Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs will also monitor the situation.

See also: Sixth agency to probe racial violence at high school Philly.com
Hearings, and not hearing Young Philly Politics

Girard College is focal point for MLK day of service Daily News
Tens of thousands of people across the region will volunteer with day of service.

See also: MLK Day promises even more service WHYY
Area Schoolkids Preparing for 15th Annual MLK ''Day of Service'' KYW
MLK Day: A Call to Witness and Action Philadelphia Student Union's Facebook

Saving for College When It’s Around the Corner UC Review

Girls doing well in math WHYY

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From the archives: classroom observation

By Erika Owens on Jan 6, 2010 02:29 PM

The Fall 1997 edition of the Notebook had a clip and save article about how to watch your child's class. This topic came up on the new Philly School Choice blog, where Len Lipkin sought advice on questions to ask during an open house or school visit.

Notes from the news, Jan. 6

By Erika Owens on Jan 6, 2010 10:58 AM

No consensus on prevention at South Phila. High meeting The Inquirer
This is a must read for more about Ackerman's thinking on the incidents. Representatives of the Asian community also gave their take.

See also: More hearings ahead on school violence The Inquirer

Slow-moving stimulus: Obama's program has given over $1 billion to Philly, but only 3,500 new jobs have resulted Daily News
The Philadelphia School District has received $226 from the stimulus, but some of that was to make up for a shortfall in what was expected from the state.

Don't take fondling lightly, D.A. tells jurors Daily News
The defendant is accused of fondling girls as they walked home from school.

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Charters: Social innovation hit or miss?

By Samuel Reed III on Jan 5, 2010 11:10 AM

The proliferation of charter schools has had a significant impact in educational reform during the past decade. The trend of charter school growth should continue into the next decade.

According to the Center for Education Reform, there are more than 4,900 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia, enrolling over 1.5 million students. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have made increasing the number of charter schools a significant part of their agenda, making the flexibility of states’ charter school laws a criterion for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive grants from the economic stimulus package.

Notes from the news, Jan. 5

By Erika Owens on Jan 5, 2010 10:56 AM

City commission announces school violence hearings Philly.com
The Commission on Human Relations will hold a series of hearings. The first is Jan. 28 in South Philly.

Charters: Social innovation hit or miss? The Notebook blog
Teacher blogger Samuel Reed wrote about his sons' mixed experiences at charter schools, and the Obama administration's interest in charters.

Groping trial gets under way Daily News
Man accused of assaulting girls at Cooke Middle School faces trial.

Fifth teen sentenced in subway killing The Inquirer

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While we were gone...

By Erika Owens on Jan 4, 2010 04:34 PM

Here's a summary of coverage from over winter break:

Notes from the news, Jan. 4

By Erika Owens on Jan 4, 2010 10:51 AM

Welcome back! Hope you had a great break. We'll summarize what happened over break, but here are the articles from this weekend.

Nutter to focus on increasing college admissions The Inquirer 
Nutter and his administration spoke about 2009 and their plans for this year, both for higher ed and K-12.

Editorial: Top-notch citizens The Inquirer 
South Philly High teacher Dean Coder was among the nominees for Citizen of the Year. The co-winners are lawyers at the Juvenile Law Center.

Interim BRT leader says staff supportive Philly.com

Teaching the diary fittingly The Inquirer

Nepalese refugees blaze a trail in Phila The Inquirer

'Philly Fellows' Program Helps Recent College Grads KYW

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See ya Jan. 4th!

By thenotebook on Dec 23, 2009 08:04 PM

Thanks for your support, comments, questions, and readership during 2009! The blog will be on vacation till January 4.

In the meantime, check out our coverage of South Philly High School, most recent edition on school climate, or just scroll back through the blog archives.

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