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Notes from the news, Dec. 7

By Erika Owens on Dec 7, 2009 10:51 AM

Asian students plan walkouts Daily News
Dozens of students have committed to not attending school at South Philly High this week. They are planning to spend the time planning ways to improve safety at the school where Asian students were attacked last week.

See also: Philly students plan walkout in wake of attacks AP via York Daily Record
Asian students boycott S. Phila. High Philly.com
Asian students protest violence at South Philly High 6ABC
Attacked Asian Students Afraid to Go to School NBC10
Fear and loathing in South Philadelphia Attytood blog
Students won't go back to S. Philly Monday The Notebook blog
And several others.

Joaquin Rivera remembered as a caring mentor The Inquirer
Rivera was a beloved counselor at Olney High School.

See also: Olney students plan protest of ER death The Notebook blog
Activists protest Rivera’s treatment Philly.com
Activists protest ER death of beloved Latino Daily News
“Muchas preguntas y pocas respuestas” AL DÍA

Ackerman: Discipline has "gray areas" The Notebook blog
District and state education leaders held a press conference last week to publicize a report on school violence.

Renaissance Schools to be named in January The Notebook blog
The announcement was pushed back from late November, but the District is optimistic that the new timeline is doable.

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Students won't go back to S. Philly Monday

By Paul Socolar on Dec 6, 2009 11:01 PM

According to a press statement released Sunday, dozens of students have committed to not go back to school at South Philadelphia High School this week due to on-going concerns for their safety, in the wake of attacks on Asian students at the school.

Olney students plan protest of ER death

By Paul Socolar on Dec 6, 2009 09:34 PM

Students at Olney High School have organized a "Rally in honor of the life of Joaquin Rivera and in Demand For Justice" for Monday, December 7, at 9 a.m. in front of Aria Frankford Hospital emergency room on Frankford Avenue and Harrison St.

The ER is where Rivera, a popular bilingual counseling assistant at Olney who was also a musician and activist, died of a heart attack while waiting for care.

Ackerman: Discipline has "gray areas"

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 4, 2009 08:10 PM

Just as the Notebook’s edition on school climate was hot off the press, District and state education leaders held a press conference Thursday to declare that school violence has not diminished in Pennsylvania – and to outline their response.

Statewide, serious incidents over the past five years have stayed the same, state officials said. In Philadelphia, they have declined, but the city is still the only district in the state to have “persistently dangerous” schools.

State Board of Education Chairman Joseph Torsella declared, “We are … overall failing” on school safety.

Renaissance Schools to be named in January

By Paul Socolar on Dec 4, 2009 07:03 PM

January 2010 is the new target date for the announcement of the first cohort of Renaissance Schools - low-performing District schools that will be reorganized under new management by next fall.

Racial assaults at S. Philly: What went wrong

By Helen Gym on Dec 4, 2009 02:29 PM

The latest beatings of Asian students reported at South Philadelphia High School are an outrage.

The ordeal began Wednesday, Lin said, when a Vietnamese student was jumped by 14 students across the street from the school.

Yesterday, the attackers were roaming the halls "searching for victims class by class during school," he said.

Services for Joaquín Rivera

By thenotebook on Dec 4, 2009 12:52 PM

Joaquín Rivera, Sr., worked as a Spanish bilingual counselor assistant for 26 years at Olney High School. Rivera died tragically while waiting for care at an ER last week. Rivera was also a community activist and a musician with the group Los Pleneros del Batey.

Joaquín's family extended an invitation to all his School District colleagues to attend services that are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday:

Notes from the news, Dec. 4

By Erika Owens on Dec 4, 2009 11:00 AM

Pa. schools have not gotten safer, state says The Inquirer
The state announced plans to create formal expectations of districts for school safety and support for Senate Bill 56, which "calls for closer collaboration between police and school districts."

See also: Leaving no child in danger The Inquirer (opinion)
State: After 5 years, classrooms no safer Philly.com
New guidelines urged for Pa. school safety WHYY
Winter 2009-10: Focus on School Climate The Notebook

Asian students under attack at S. Phila. High Daily News
Yesterday 26 Asian students were attacked by other students. 

Despite progress, problems keeping enough qualified teachers The Notebook
This year Philadelphia hired 1,700 new teachers and counselors. There are concerns that new teacher supports are spread thin and that many new teachers are not fully certified.

Pa. auditor urges end to interest-rate swaps The Inquirer
The state auditor found that the School District of Philadelphia has "more than $1 billion in debt tied" to the risky swaps.

Editorial: Work with charters The Inquirer
The editorial encourages Superintendent Ackerman to amend proposed changes to charter rules so that successful charters can "expand to accommodate more children."

You Close the Deficit: Shelly Yanoff It's Our Money
PCCY Executive Director gives her suggestions on how to close the city's deficit.

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More education reporting needed

By Erika Owens on Dec 3, 2009 01:55 PM

The Brookings Institution just released a report about education reporting titled “Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough.” Notebook Contributing Editor and Education Writers Association President Dale Mezzacappa was part of a panel discussion that accompanied the presentation.

Here is a video of the presentation and panel:

Notes from the news, Dec. 3

By Erika Owens on Dec 3, 2009 11:01 AM

Pennsylvania Education Leaders Announce New Tools for Ensuring School Safety PR Newswire
The tools should include "proven models" to improve school safety. The State Dept. of Ed. plans to do on-site reviews of "certain" buildings in Philadelphia.

Finding a way to hope after personal tragedy Daily News
In memory of her husband, Russell Byers, Laurada Byers created the charter school that bears his name.

What's wrong with the District budget hearings? The Notebook blog
Helen Gym questions what use the public hearings are when information about the budget is so hard to come by.

Invisible: 1.4 Percent Coverage for Education is Not Enough Brookings Institution
The study recommends eight ways to improve education coverage. Notebook Contributing Editor Dale Mezzacappa was on a panel discussion of the report. Here's a video of the event.

KIPP: Earning the right to learn The Notebook
KIPP operates two charter schools in Philly. The schools have a distinct culture where students "earn" everything.

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What's wrong with the District budget hearings?

By Helen Gym on Dec 2, 2009 04:22 PM

Normally I would laud next week’s public hearings to weigh in on the District’s plans to close a near $200 million shortfall. After all, the District reversed its earlier opposition to the idea and gave plenty of notice ahead of time.

But here’s the catch: what use are hearings when there’s so little substantive information?

Notes from the news, Dec. 2

By Erika Owens on Dec 2, 2009 10:47 AM

Too much of a good education? The Inquirer (opinion)
City Councilman Bill Green wrote about the recent Council hearing on charter schools' rules changes. Green supports the growth of "high-quality, fiscally sound, successful charter schools."

Some thoughts on media and justice for Joaquin Rivera Young Philly Politics
Rivera was a longtime bilingual counselor at Olney HS and musician who died while waiting for care in an ER.

Renaissance Schools plan moves ahead as debate continues The Notebook
The turnaround planning will be different this time and include the community, according to the Mayor's Chief Education Officer Lori Shorr.

Today: Research for Action will present at the American Anthropological Association meeting. Entitled "High School Reform in Philadelphia: School Choice, Transition Supports, and Small High Schools", the presentation will take place from 2-3:45 p.m. at the Marriott at 1201 Market St.

Dec. 2 is the 150th anniversary of John Brown's hanging. The Moonstone Arts Center has a series of events this week, including three today.

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Guest blog: Good management v. bad management

By Guest blogger on Dec 1, 2009 04:36 PM

Welcome to the guest blogger section of the Notebook blog.

This week's post is from Alan Kaman, a pseudonym for a teacher and frequent Notebook blog commenter.


What separates good organizations from bad organizations is how problems are dealt with. In a good organization a problem is seen as opportunity to correct and improve an existing situation. Colleagues work together to analyze what happened that negatively affected the system, what can be done to prevent it from happening again, and whether or not proper actions were taken and how these actions could be improved.

Notes from the news, Dec. 1

By Erika Owens on Dec 1, 2009 10:46 AM

Phila. schools, teachers extend contract - again The Inquirer
Negotiations continue as PFT President Jerry Jordan says his members are anxious.

See also: Another Phila. Schoolteachers' Contract Extension Approved KYW
PFT and District extend contract to January 15, 2010 The Notebook blog

Scaled-back budget still has a record spending increase The Notebook
The District has a 12 percent spending increase this year, even after its adjustments to close a $196 million gap in the budget.

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In case you missed it: RttT and turnarounds, class disrupters, constructive criticism

By Erika Owens on Nov 30, 2009 04:47 PM

Stimulus Rules on 'Turnarounds' Shift Education Week
In the final version of rules for the $4 billion grant competition, school "transformation" became a first option for school turnaround in addition to more aggressive methods. Transformation methods include "providing professional development and coaching for a school’s current staff, and making changes to curriculum and instruction." 

Alternative Class for Disrupters? The Core Knowledge blog
A teacher in Florida wrote about problems caused by students who check out of class. School climate is also the topic of our Winter edition, and an editorial by the NY Times.

Why Every Student Needs Critical Friends Educational Leadership
This piece outlines how to bring constructive criticism between peers into the classroom, and the benefits of that approach.

Poor Schools or Poor Kids? Education Next (via Core Knowledge blog)
Q&A between Joe Williams for the Education Equality Project and Pedro Noguera for A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education.

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