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Shifting the numbers: Men of color and education

By Samuel Reed III on Jan 27, 2011 08:34 PM

The statistics paint a bleak picture. In Philadelphia public schools, 51 percent of Latino and 46 percent of African American males do not graduate. The School Reform Commission's African American and Latino Male Task Force commissioned a study to understand what factors contribute to the low achievement and dropout problems for young men of color.

The provocative January 25 panel Shifting the Numbers: Men of Color and Education, sponsored by Makuu Black Cultural Center and Teach for America, was not without its controversy. Any time you discuss issues of race, class, and education you are bound to ruffle a few feathers. The discourse is likely to get heated if you focus on central questions like: How to better educate young males of color? How to increase the number high-quality men of color standing in front of students of color?

3 schools in Northwest on Renaissance list

By the Notebook on Jan 27, 2011 05:02 PM

by Bill Hangley, Jr

[This piece originally appeared on WHYY/NewsWorks. The Notebook's coverage of Renaissance Schools this year is being conducted in partnership with WHYY/NewsWorks with financial support from the Philadelphia Enterprise Reporting Fund and WHYY/NewsWorks.]

Philadelphia School District officials say parents and community members will soon have their chance to weigh in on the future of three Northwest Philadelphia schools slated for major shakeups.

Four Renaissance School models detailed

By Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 03:59 PM

The District this week has outlined the four models for Renaissance Schools turnaround as part of its announcement of 18 schools for year two of the initiative. The Renaissance Schools fact sheet says the schools "will serve students in a neighborhood catchment area but will differ from traditional District schools by having a greater degree of autonomy in school management in exchange for a high degree of accountability for performance."

The District describes the four turnaround models as follows:

Notes from the news, Jan. 27

By Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 11:03 AM

notes from the news imageStrong reactions at West: Outrage, weariness The Notebook blog
Staff and community members are not happy that at least 50 percent of teachers must leave and that the community did not get to choose a turnaround model.

Forecast lets Philly-area school administrators down The Inquirer
Districts were surprised by the storm that lead to the Philly public schools being dismissed early yesterday and closed today.

TFA teacher gets angry response from Ackerman The Notebook blog
Superintendent Ackerman spoke at a recent forum, and one teacher's comments about bureaucracy stifling her ability to teach got a strong reaction.

Northwest Renaissance - 3 local schools slated for overhaul NewsWorks
Germantown high and Pennell elementary will become Promise Academies (Traditional), and King high will be a Renaissance (Match) Charter managed by an outside group.

See also: Notebook radio piece on Ren. Schools The Notebook blog
18 Renaissance Schools Named In Philly Fox 29
Philadelphia School District Announces 18 Low Performance Schools for Change RFA blog

Madonna Poll shows 67% of Pennsylvanians oppose giving public money to parents so they can send their children to private school Keystone State Education Coalition
The poll found that when described as "taxpayer-funded," most Pennsylvanians don't support vouchers.

See also: Notes from the field-Voucher Rally: The Wrong Kind of Civics Lesson City School Stories
Supporters rally in Capitol for school-choice Senate bill The Inquirer

"Imagine Great Schools" - Round Two A Broad View
Details and dates for the second round of facilities master plan community meetings.

Eight teachers to receive "Hero" award tomorrow The Hall Monitor blog

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform Releases New Report on Community Organizing and Education Reform RFA blog

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TFA teacher gets angry response from Ackerman

By the Notebook on Jan 26, 2011 09:19 PM

by Celeste Lavin

When the young teacher attending a panel discussion about men of color and education stood up to tell Superintendent Arlene Ackerman that the School District’s constant bureaucratic requirements impeded her ability to teach, she hardly expected what happened next.

Ackerman blew up at her and, in essence, told her to quit.

Strong reactions at West: Outrage, weariness

By Benjamin Herold on Jan 26, 2011 06:12 PM

West Philadelphia High School is set to experience another dramatic shakeup, but there will be no repeat of last year’s tumultuous Renaissance match process.

On Tuesday, District officials announced that West will become a Promise Academy – an outcome that was bitterly opposed by some teachers, parents and community members during West’s ill-fated Renaissance experience last year.

Notebook radio piece on Ren. Schools

By the Notebook on Jan 26, 2011 12:17 PM

You will hear the Notebook on  WHYY again today reporting on Renaissance Schools. This piece describes more about Tuesday's press conference and the impact of the announcement of 18 additional turnaround schools.

Notes from the news, Jan. 26

By Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 11:02 AM

notes from the news imageUPDATE: Schools will be dismissed at noon.

Second group of Renaissance Schools announced The Notebook blog
Turnaround strategies, including two new "Promise" models, have already been decided for the 18 schools.

See also: Announcing 18 more Renaissance Schools, District questioned on cost, community input The Notebook blog
Radical restructuring for 18 chronically failing Phila. schools The Inquirer
District sets 'turnaround' for 18 more schools Daily News
16 'Renaissance alert' schools also revealed The Notebook blog
Olney East y West serán ‘Escuelas Renacimiento’ Al Día
Year II Renaissance Schools Announced Today A Broad View blog
Big changes coming to S. Phila. High The Inquirer
Arlene Ackerman Screws South Philly High … Again The Philly Post blog

7 Renaissance provider finalists named The Notebook blog
The District also named the seven outside provider organizations eligible to be matched with schools under the Renaissance (Match) Charter model.

West Philly student sits with first lady Daily News
Brandon Ford is a member of the Hybrid X Team and attended last night's State of the Union address.

See also: West Philly Student to Witness State of the Union A Broad View blog

Hundreds Rally For School Choice. Capitol Ideas blog
Most of the students at the rally came from Philadelphia in support of Senate Bill 1, to bring vouchers to Pennsylvania.

See also: School choice debate heating up CBS 21
Agenda for Senate Education Committee Public Hearing Senate Bill 1 February 16, 2011 Keystone State Education Coalition

McCall School displays diversity in action Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key profiles McCall, looks at an After School Activities Partnership program, introduces a Hill-Freeman's new IB program, and more.

See also: Chess Day shows how game solves problems Philadelphia Tribune
Hill-Freeman students going international
Philadelphia Tribune
Day school welcomes Eagles staff to pep rally
Philadelphia Tribune
Build-A-Bear Workshop awarding $10,000 to 10 kids Philadelphia Tribune

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Announcing 18 more Renaissance Schools, District questioned on cost, community input

By Benjamin Herold on Jan 26, 2011 12:08 AM

Despite controversy about a looming budget shortfall, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Arlene Ackerman – citing progress with her first cohort of 13 turnaround schools – is moving ahead with plans to dramatically overhaul a second, even larger group of low-performing schools.

Her announcement of this next phase coincided with the release of financial figures by the District showing a much higher price tag for the first round of schools than previously reported.    

7 Renaissance provider finalists named

By Paul Socolar on Jan 25, 2011 08:09 PM

Three current Renaissance School managers are joined by four newcomers as the approved provider finalists who will be vying to turn around this year's cohort of six "Renaissance Match" schools, the School District announced Tuesday evening. The seven successfully completed a request for proposal process. They include:

16 'Renaissance alert' schools also revealed

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jan 25, 2011 04:17 PM

In addition to the 18 schools announced Tuesday that will undergo turnaround treatment next year as Renaissance Schools are 16 other schools that may be targeted in the future.

As with the Renaissance Schools, these assignments were not strictly on the basis of having the lowest scores on the  School Performance Index.

They are:

Notes from the news, Jan. 25

By Anonymous on Jan 25, 2011 11:01 AM

Renaissance Schools II: Coming [today] The Notebook blog
The names of the second round of Renaissance Schools will be announced this afternoon. Watch our site for updates.

Kenny Gamble's redevelopment plan gets a U.S. grant The Inquirer
Front-page story about Gamble and the federal planning grant his Universal Companies received to create a Promise Neighborhood in Grays Ferry and Point Breeze.

See also: Launch of S. Philly Promise Neighborhood The Notebook blog
$1M grant helps South Philly children Philadelphia Tribune
Promise Neighborhood Created In Philly Fox 29
$1M investment in Grays Ferry, Point Breeze Daily News

Four suspended Philadelphia School District administrators are back on the job The Inquirer
Four of the six administrators who were suspended with pay returned to work on Monday. The administrators were suspended during an investigation into the contracting controversy prompted by an Inquirer investigation.

See also: Four district whistleblowers return The Hall Monitor blog

Ackerman: Philly Schools Must Cut Costs Fox 29
Ackerman spoke about the Promise Neighborhood, facilities master plan, and her plan to stay in Philly during a 10-minute segment.

Philly parents' long-anticipated date with Ackerman approaching The Notebook blog
ACTION United parents have a Feb. 4 meeting with Ackerman, and interested parents and community members are welcome to attend.

White House Invites Philly Teen to State of the Union NBC Philadelphia
Brandon Ford, a student at West Philly High and member of the Hybrid X Team, will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during tonight's State of the Union address.

Notes from the field-School Vouchers and Smear Campaigns City School Stories
A look at the proposed school voucher legislation.

See also: State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams To Introduce School Choice Bill PhillyNow
TONIGHT: Families to Seek School Scholarships at National School Choice Week Event (1/25/2011) PR Newswire

Ravitch at PSBA Keystone State Education Coalition

Police probe 'aggressive' teen behavior in W. Phila. The Inquirer

School gets $10,000 to aid recovery from fire The Inquirer

Local Public Schools Receive Recognition From State Mt. Airy Patch

Parents Camp Out for Kindergarten Spots A Very Public Education

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Launch of S. Philly Promise Neighborhood

By Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 11:17 PM

Mayor Nutter, Superintendent Ackerman, and Universal Companies founder Kenny Gamble formally launched the Promise Neighborhoods initiative on Monday with an event at Audenried High School. Last fall Universal Companies was awarded a federal grant to create a plan for a Promise Neighborhood in Grays Ferry and Point Breeze.

Ackerman spoke of the initiative and how schools in the neighborhood will benefit  - as well as other education issues - on Fox 29's Good Day Monday morning.

Second group of Renaissance Schools announced

By Benjamin Herold on Jan 24, 2011 11:08 PM

UPDATED 6:00 pm: The District has announced two new turnaround models and a total of 18 new Renaissance Schools.

In a departure from its process during the first year of the Renaissance initiative, the District has already assigned each of the schools to one of four turnaround models, including two new variations on the District-managed Promise Academy model.

The schools:

Renaissance Schools II

By Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 07:29 PM

This post is your quick annotated reference for news and resources on the second cohort of Renaissance Schools.

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