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Notes from the news, Mar. 22

By Anonymous on Mar 22, 2010 08:37 AM

District's South Philly High story unravels The Notebook blog
Helen Gym wrote about "relentless pattern of school and District misrepresentation."

Phila. principals to work 12 months under new pact The Inquirer
In 100 high-need schools principals will be required to work 12 months rather than 10, and will receive a 20 percent pay increase for doing so.

Finally, a detailed guide to school budgets The Notebook blog
The guide explains how funds are allocated to schools.

Power play: Parent group has big fans Daily News
Profile of the recently formed Parent Power group of concerned parents and guardians in the District.

Natl. science ed. conference: Friday The Notebook blog
Science teacher Timothy Boyle gave daily updates about the National Science Teachers Association conference in Philly this weekend.

See also: Natl. science ed. conference: Saturday The Notebook blog

Another Modest Proposal A Good Day Teaching blog
Teacher blogger Kristin Luebbert shared a suggestion she saw on another blog: treat police officers in high crime areas like teachers in high need schools. Fire them all and only rehire a max of 50%.

Two Pa. Senators Critical of Waiving School Snow Days KYW

Oprah to defend herself in school suit New York Post

District Narrows Superintendent Search One of the finalists is the PA Secretary of Education; another is a Philly regional superintendent  WFMZ-TV Allentown

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Finally, a detailed guide to school budgets

By Paul Socolar on Mar 21, 2010 01:43 PM

For this year's budget season, the School District has provided for the first time in memory a detailed guide to school budgets, explaining how funds are allocated to schools.

Natl. science ed. conference: Saturday

By Timothy Boyle on Mar 20, 2010 06:06 PM

Before I knew I would covering the NSTA conference for the Notebook, I had planned on spending Saturday at the conference as a professional development.

I teach third and fourth grade, which entails using three different FOSS curricula. This afternoon FOSS was running two workshops: assessment and notebooking.

While four and half hours of professional development can be daunting, it was time well spent.

Natl. science ed. conference: Friday

By Timothy Boyle on Mar 19, 2010 05:41 PM

First, what an afternoon.

It took me an hour to get from school to the Convention Center, (J bus to local subway is not the way to travel). Once there, I had about five minutes to figure out where to sign in. If you've never been to the Convention Center, it is a massive space.

Once I found the correct room, I realized I couldn't get a wireless link (I'm chalking this up to inexperience instead of ineptitude, just to feel better).

Once the panel on "What's the Federal Response to The Science Education Crisis?" began, I was instantly impressed at how on-message this people are.

District's South Philly High story unravels

By Helen Gym on Mar 19, 2010 02:04 PM

It’s hard to imagine that a story that first comes to public light exposing a day-long series of attacks against dozens of Asian immigrant kids can get any worse with time. But indeed, somehow the story about anti-Asian violence at South Philadelphia High School keeps getting more and more outrageous as a relentless pattern of school and District misrepresentation becomes more apparent.

In riveting testimony earlier this week at the School Reform Commission, the grandmother of one of the Asian student victims wept as she described the calculated efforts of school personnel who had scapegoated and unjustly forced out her grandson following a brutal assault upon him Dec. 2.

Notes from the news, Mar. 19

By Anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 09:07 AM

Ackerman -- no changes coming to selective admissions The Notebook blog
Ackerman has "no intention" of changing selection criteria at Philly's magnet schools. A draft proposal came out on Wednesday that suggested the changes.

See also: Ackerman: Magnet proposal now dead, was a surprise The Inquirer
Dead on Arrival Metropolis

District clears S. Phila. student of gang charge The Inquirer
Hao Luu was cleared the day after his grandmother testified to the SRC about his ordeal after "being involved in" the violence last December at South Philly High.

See also: Clearing the record The Inquirer

National conference on science ed. begins The Notebook blog
Notebook blogger Timothy Boyle will be at the conference and is looking for feedback from other participants.

Federal funding flow to Phila. schools The Inquirer
Department of Labor grants and construction bonds will bring millions into the District.

More Than 60 Students from 40 Philadelphia Schools to Participate in 16th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee PRWeb

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Ackerman -- no changes coming to selective admissions

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 18, 2010 07:59 PM

In what appears to be a sudden reversal, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has "no intention" of making any changes to the way students are admitted to the District's most selective schools. In fact, said her spokesman, she had never even seen the draft policy that was to have been the basis of a parent meeting Thursday night to get feedback on the proposed changes. That meeting was cancelled the day before it was to take place.

National conference on science ed. begins

By Timothy Boyle on Mar 18, 2010 12:58 PM

Today marks the start of the NSTA's National Conference. Thousands of science teachers from across the country and the globe will be in Philadelphia to learn, share, and collaborate.

I wanted to use this space for those attending to post their thoughts and knowledge they've gleaned from the conference.

Notes from the news, Mar. 18

By Anonymous on Mar 18, 2010 09:03 AM

The Fall Guy Philadelphia City Paper
Cover story on an anonymous student's struggle after the incidents at South Philly. His family then testified at the SRC meeting yesterday and shared his name, Hao Luu.

See also: Asians tell of anguish over S. Phila. attacks The Inquirer
District stands by its handling of violence
Daily News
Unfinished business at S. Philly High The Notebook blog
Asian Students at S. Phila. HS Unhappy with Judge's Report KYW
No, You Can't Have a Pony Philadelphia City Paper (opinion)
Adults, in Theory Philadelphia City Paper

Top city schools' criteria in flux? The Inquirer
A draft report from Research for Action highlighted the lack of diversity at magnet schools, and Superintendent Ackerman is calling for changes in admissions.

See also: The Magnet School Wars Metropolis

5 providers outline their Renaissance plans The Notebook blog
The outside providers gave more details on plans for running Renaissance Schools next year.

An ounce of prevention The Notebook blog
After listening to testimony at the the second Philadelphia Human Relation Commissions hearing, it seems prevention is the best response to school violence.

Formula would base Phila. school aid on student need The Inquirer

Science Teachers Are the Students in Local Teaching Workshop KYW

Former charter board president's appeal rejected Philly.com

Kevin Cuneo's Take 30: Tony Danza makes the leap -- back to school Erie Times News

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Unfinished business at S. Philly High

By Paul Socolar on Mar 17, 2010 09:28 PM

Through more than two hours of emotional statements by Asian students from South Philadelphia High School and their allies, the School Reform Commission heard again and again Wednesday that Asian students who were victims of large-scale attacks at the school in December are still not happy with the District's response.

Student Ming Chen testifies about being attacked on Dec. 3 at South Philly High. Video by Gustavo Martinez.

5 providers outline their Renaissance plans

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 17, 2010 04:46 PM

Several of the 14 potential Renaissance schools have more than one suitor among the six approved outside providers, while others, at least publicly, so far have none.

Five of the six successful Renaissance applicants – all but Universal, which did not respond to interview requests – talked to the Notebook about what schools they were interested in managing and what they thought they brought to the table.

All but one plan to convert their school to charters.

QuickTakes External

By May Truong on Mar 17, 2010 02:40 PM

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What are you doing to get preschoolers ready for kindergarten?

 
 

An ounce of prevention

By Michelle Welk on Mar 17, 2010 11:51 AM

Maybe the first hearing held by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) focusing on school violence was cathartic because it presented an opportunity for victims and those who care about them to open up about their experiences and allow others to see what they’ve gone through. 

And that’s a good thing. 

Healing is a hard process if you never acknowledge the pain. Finding solutions can be difficult, too, if you aren’t sure what the problem is.

Notes from the news, Mar. 17

By Anonymous on Mar 17, 2010 08:24 AM

Students give perspective on school violence The Inquirer
Students testified at a Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations hearing on school violence. Fels principal Eileen Coutts described how her school dealt with racial tension.

See also: 'No Peace' at Phila. Schools KYW

New plan to change way schools receive funding: Based on need, not size of enrollment Daily News
The District will present details of the weighted student funding formula at today's SRC meeting.

See also: School administration to propose new funding formula The Inquirer

262 school council members come aboard The Notebook blog
All applicants to serve on the Renaissance Schools advisory councils were accepted, and parents are still needed at eight schools.

A push for healthier school meals The Inquirer
A bill reautorizing federal funding is up for a vote soon, and the Obama administration is taking the opportunity to advocate for healthy meals.

Physics as a practical matter Daily News
SLA's Rosalind Echols will present how she connects physics to daily life at a science teacher conference in Philly this week.

Obama's "A" word: Throwing teachers under the bus? The Notebook blog
Accountability is focused on teachers right now, but what about other factors?

See also: Karen Heller: Phila. teacher: 'The city's gotten harder' The Inquirer
What went wrong with school reform, with Diane Ravitch Radio Times

Specter gets PSEA nod PA2010.com

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262 school council members come aboard

By Paul Socolar on Mar 16, 2010 05:41 PM

In a reversal, the School District has announced that it is accepting all 262 individuals who applied by the March 9 deadline to serve on the School Advisory Councils at the 14 Renaissance Eligible schools.

The District is continuing to seek parent members for the councils at the eight schools where parents do not yet make up the requisite majority of the membership - Bluford, Daroff, Douglass, Smedley, Stetson, University City, Vaux, and West Philadelphia.

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