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PCHR participants talk about the real business of school

By Monika Zaleska on Jun 9, 2010 12:56 PM

Moreso than many of the previous hearings on school violence held by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR), Tuesday night’s gathering of parents, principals, and students at the Towey Center in North Philadelphia highlighted some positive efforts to combat hostile school climate.

Notes from the news, June 9

By Anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 08:43 AM

In West non-vote, did the SRC violate the Sunshine Act? The Notebook blog
The Sunshine Act requires that decision-making take place in public, but it's unclear where the decision was made to delay the vote on West's Renaissance Schools provider.

See also: While controversy swirls, life goes on for many at West The Notebook blog
Turmoil at West Philadelphia High could leave 50% teaching posts empty WHYY

Phila. teacher reassignment put on hold The Inquirer
The forced transfer of more than 500 teachers has been put on hold due to confusion and complaints of contract violations.

Schools set to pick new deputy chief Philadelphia Tribune
Leroy Nunery will likely be named deputy superintendent at today's SRC meeting.

S. Philly High 6 months later: What still needs work The Notebook blog
The statistics District officials have cited during a recent media blitz do not reflect the reality of ongoing harassment and violence, or stats on the District's own site, writes Helen Gym.

How one Phila. school diffused a recent conflict The Inquirer
At the seventh of 11 hearings on school violence before the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, the principal of Kensington Business High School described how a proactive approach helped defuse a potentially explosive situation.

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One Week Away Practical Theory blog
One week till Science Leadership Academy graduates its first class.

Graduación de escuela charter virtual en PA Al Día

Dud grenade found at S. Phila. elementary school The Inquirer

Kindergartner missing from school had walked home The Inquirer

As education level rises, unemployment rate falls The Inquirer

Kids squeezed out of school programs Roxborough Review

Area schools taking bigger economic hit Courier Times News

Students Hurt in SW Philadelphia School Bus Ax KYW

Tech Tool vs Learning Tool Philly Teacher blog

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In West non-vote, did the SRC violate the Sunshine Act?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 8, 2010 04:07 PM

At its meeting on Wednesday May 26, the School Reform Commission suddenly and without voting withdrew a prepared and printed resolution on pairing West Philadelphia High School with Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now as a Renaissance School. Chairman Robert Archie said only that "certain facts" had come up that needed to be checked out.

While controversy swirls, life goes on for many at West

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 8, 2010 04:06 PM

Yet another battle over the future of West Philadelphia High School broke out Tuesday morning in the school’s auditorium.

S. Philly High 6 months later: What still needs work

By Helen Gym on Jun 8, 2010 10:27 AM

In the past few weeks, the School District of Philadelphia has made a heavy media push to recast the story at South Philadelphia High School. From news articles to columns to letters to editorial board briefings, the District is pushing the story that the events of Dec. 3 are long past and, in their typical refrain, it’s time to move on.

The latest push has been to use statistics. According to Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer story, the District claims that last school year there were 92 assaults total; this year 44. From Jan.-May, there were 70 assaults reported; this year only 15.

It seems pretty astounding to claim that this school year has been a better and safer one than last year.

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Notes from the news, June 8

By Anonymous on Jun 8, 2010 08:37 AM

Parents says it's too cruel at school for their kids Daily News
Parents are so exasperated by lack of response from the District about abusive incidents their children encountered in kindergarten classrooms that they called the Daily News and allowed their children's names to be published.

See also: Mother says teacher torments her autistic kindergartner Daily News
One little boy's tale of school bathroom terror Daily News
A call for help Daily News
Kindergarteners Attacked Metropolis

Elmer Smith: School needs grown-up participation Daily News
Comparing the West Philly saga to the BP oil spill, Smith said calls and emails he's received make it clear that the situation at West Philly is not settled.

Education funding: State deserves to receive Race to the Top money Patriot-News (opinion)
Calls for the Dept. of Ed. to disperse more Race to the Top money this time. The board points out that the Philly school district alone has nearly as many students as Delaware, which was one of the two states that won funds in the first round of RttT.

Program connects city youths with college The Inquirer
The White-Williams Scholars' College Connection program helps low-income, high-achieving students get to and graduate from college.

Chess Helps Gives Some Philly Students a Ticket to College KYW
Five students who play chess in the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge, run by After School Activities Partnership, received scholarships to local colleges.

See also: 5 area students win scholarships for chess prowess The Inquirer

School buses collide in Southwest Philadelphia 6 ABC

What's the Point of Homework? A Very Public Education blog

School Choice Influenced by… the Movies? Philly School Search

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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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