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Growth in: Distribution

By Ron Whitehorne on Apr 28, 2011 04:51 PM

“Where’s My Notebook?” by Ron Whitehorne, distributor and Notebook board chair

On June 7 the Notebook community will gather to celebrate 17 years of independent publishing for Philadephia's education community. This is the second in a series of blog entries exploring the exciting growth we are experiencing.

I had just swung a bundle of 100 copies of the latest edition of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook on to the office counter at Forrest Elementary School in the Northeast. The school security guard came in right behind me. “Where’s my Notebook?” she exclaimed. “Put them right out here on my desk, I’ll make sure all the parents get one. I tell them the Notebook tells the truth!”

Comprehensive plan needed for school violence

By Frank Murphy on Apr 28, 2011 03:48 PM

The Inquirer’s recent series on school violence has sparked comment from many quarters. The response of Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Ramsey, in particular, has provoked some controversy. They have suggested that it might be time to place Philadelphia police officers in some of our more dangerous schools.

Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers was quoted as favoring this idea. Jordan cited his own experiences as a teacher at University City High School where at one time city police officers were assigned.

Notes from the news, Apr. 28

By Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 10:01 AM

notes from the news imageDistrict: 3,800 positions may be eliminated The Notebook blog
District Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch presented the 2011-12 District budget and outlined likely areas for cuts if the District funding situation doesn't change.

See also: What gets cut, what gets spared The Notebook blog
Phila. schools to see 16 percent layoffs The Inquirer
Philly schools may cut nearly 1,300 teachers AP via Bloomberg Businessweek
School District Calls for Big Budget Cuts Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
Philly School District Plans 3,820 Job Cuts NBC Philadelphia
DN Editorial: Killing charter reimbursements could be deadly to school district Daily News
A token of school cuts' disaffection: End of free bus rides Daily News
District budget slashes deep: Nearly 4,000 could lose jobs The Hall Monitor blog
Phila. schools may cut jobs to close budget gap 6 ABC

SRC approves Universal plan for Audenried, Vare The Notebook blog
The SRC approves Universal as a charter turnaround provider for Audenried and Vare.

See also: Universal plan for Audenried, Vare okayed The Notebook blog
Gamble group gets control of Audenried, Vare schools Daily News
Archie champions charter firm he's linked with for contract WHYY/NewsWorks

Most feeling safer at S. Phila. High Daily News
Pedro Noguera presented a report on the climate at South Philly High to the SRC yesterday.

Calling all student journalists! The Notebook blog
Every year the Notebook honors journalists from Philadelphia public high schools at its June event. Submit your students' work now.

WATCH: Children's March to Save Education Philly Education Justice blog
More on Tuesday's rally against budget cuts in Harrisburg.

See also: Locals Head to Harrisburg to Protest Budget Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
Philly NAACP Bashes Gov. Corbett Over Education Cuts, Then Admits to Waste [VIDEO] PhillyNow blog

Reflections: Then and Now-The Question Not Asked In Charter School Controversy City School Stories

How a Community Can Change a School [EVENT] Philly School Search

Safety at Philly Schools G Philly blog

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SRC approves Universal plan for Audenried, Vare

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 27, 2011 10:30 PM

The School Reform Commission voted Wednesday to allow Universal Companies to operate Audenried High and Vare Middle schools as charter schools beginning next year.

The vote was 3-0, with SRC Chairman Robert Archie abstaining. Because of his longstanding ties to Universal, Archie recused himself from the vote – but not before publicly championing the organization.

What gets cut, what gets spared

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 06:58 PM

[Updated, 10:50 p.m.] The District's just-released "Budget in brief," in a detailed section on expenditures, identifies a long list of areas where school budgets will be cut:

Universal plan for Audenried, Vare okayed

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 06:08 PM

After a lengthy, sometimes testy public discussion, the School Reform Commission approved an amended plan Wednesday to grant charters to Universal Companies to run Audenried High School and Vare Middle as "Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter Schools."

District: 3,800 positions may be eliminated

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 02:55 PM

[Updated 11:30 p.m.] Cutting back to half-day kindergarten across the city, eliminating transportation services for most District students, and slashing school discretionary budgets by nearly one-third are just a few of the grim new District budget measures announced Wednesday.

District Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch outlined the 2011-12 District budget at an afternoon press briefing and again at a special budget hearing after Wednesday's regular meeting of the School Reform Commission. Faced with the unhappy task of closing a $629 million gap representing a full 20 percent of the system's budget, he repeatedly expressed his openness to any ideas for a better way to deal with the financial predicament.

Notes from the news, Apr. 27

By Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 10:11 AM

notes from the news imagePa. senator calls for state investigation of King charter award WHYY/NewsWorks
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the Department of Education should investigate the situation with King.

See also: Karen Heller: Maneuvering over King school deals out students The Inquirer
MLK High council to be heard in probe Daily News
Buzz Bissinger: I have a dream, and I hope it becomes a reality Daily News
Newsworks school investigation prompts mayoral action, but is it enough? WHYY/NewsWorks

SRC vote on Audenried, Vare to move forward despite Archie controversy The Notebook blog
Today the SRC is scheduled to vote on two other charter contracts with ties to Archie.

See also: April 27th: SRC Meeting A Broad View blog

Teachers, students bring their fears against budget cuts to NAACP-sponsored rally in Harrisburg The Inquirer
Buses left Philly early Tuesday morning to bring hundreds to Harrisburg for the rally.

See also: What a $629 million budget gap means to a seventh grader Philly School Files blog
Education Rally on Capitol steps The Patriot-News
Students Rally On State Capitol Steps Fox 29
Students, Parents Come Together to Protest Public Education Cuts Mt. Airy Patch
This is what democracy (and community) looks like. Practical Theory blog

Students excel with Robeson’s real-world training Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key looks at programs at three high schools.

See also: Strawberry Manson High holds health forum Philadelphia Tribune
CAPA kids make beautiful music — professionally
Philadelphia Tribune

4 Philly teachers to attend Yale program The Notebook blog
Four teachers were selected to attend a professional development workshop at Yale this summer.

District bans school police union head from central control room after comments on safety to Inquirer The Inquirer

GSE Teaching Award Almanac

BEN-FM A+ Education Fair Fox 29

The Biggest Bully in Schools The Workshop Blog

Three Cups of School Reform Tea The Workshop Blog

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SRC vote on Audenried, Vare to move forward despite Archie controversy

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 26, 2011 07:02 PM

The School Reform Commission plans to vote Wednesday on a South Philadelphia charter school deal that stands to benefit not one, but two nonprofits with ties to Chairman Robert Archie.

The scheduled vote comes amid controversy over Archie's behind-the-scenes conduct in a similar deal involving Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Germantown. There, Archie took part in pivotal private meetings about the future of the school despite having recused himself from public votes because of his law firm's prior representation of Foundations, Inc., one of the operators vying to manage the school.

4 Philly teachers to attend Yale program

By Samuel Reed III on Apr 26, 2011 02:07 PM

Four School District of Philadelphia educators have been selected to attend national seminars at Yale University this summer.

These teachers are fellows of the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia. The selected fellows will attend the annual national seminars presented by the Yale National Initiative.

The dual purposes of the national seminars are to provide public school teachers deeper knowledge of the subjects they teach and first-hand experience with the Teachers Institute's approach to high-quality professional development.   

The four fellows are:

Notes from the news, Apr. 26

By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 09:13 AM

notes from the news imageNutter: Budget, not King, is top priority The Notebook blog
Mayor Nutter announced he's ordering his integrity officer to investigate the controversy around the selection of a charter manager for King High.

See also: Phila. Mayor Nutter promises probe into King charter mess WHYY/NewsWorks
After 40 days, Nutter orders probe into why firm backed out of running MLK Daily News
Nutter orders an investigation of the King charter school flap The Inquirer
Mayor calls for MLK High inquiry
Philadelphia Tribune
DN Editorial: Better answers needed on charter-school flap
Daily News
Mayor Launches MLK High Investigation Fox 29
What happened at King? Philly School Stories blog
A scandal that can’t be ignored Daily News (opinion)
Elmer Smith: Hey, kids, want a real education? Attend the SRC meeting about MLK Daily News

NAACP set to protest education cuts Philadelphia Tribune
The NAACP is leading a group of students and other activists from Philly to Harrisburg today.

See also: School Cut Protestors Go To Harrisburg Fox 29
The human cost of education cuts: Josh's story The Notebook blog

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers endorses Nutter Philadelphia Tribune
PFT President Jerry Jordan said Nutter has the union's "overwhelming" support.

See also: City’s Largest Union Endorses M. Nutt PhillyNow

The Philadelphia Student Union Objects to Vouchers for the Following Reasons... PSU Blog
PSU released a statement about Senate Bill 1, concluding with "The way to achieve educational equity is to adequately fund our public schools!"

See also: It seems that Tony Payton supports vouchers Young Philly Politics

Notes from the Field- A "Broad" View City School Stories
A look at the Broad Foundation and its influence on Ackerman.

See also: Ackerman mentored next Chicago schools CEO The Notebook blog

Consolidating schools is a mistake The Inquirer (opinion)

Radically practical The Workshop Blog

How not to cheapen a diploma Making the Grade blog

A giant rabbit moves in over Spring Break: The Lea School’s burgeoning Visual Arts Program West Philly Local

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Nutter: Budget, not King, is top priority

By the Notebook on Apr 25, 2011 08:18 PM

By Bill Hangley, Jr.

Mayor Nutter announced today that a member of his staff will conduct a “series of fact-finding interviews” into the events surrounding the ill-fated charter for Martin Luther King,Jr. High School.

And while Nutter acknowledged that the King saga still includes many “outstanding, unanswered questions,” he also said he didn’t want King’s issues to overshadow what he called the District’s most pressing problem: its projected $629 million deficit, and the ongoing budget discussions in Harrisburg. 

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.

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