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Put that census money to better use, in the Philly schools

By Guest blogger on Apr 15, 2010 11:54 AM

Another guest blog this week. This is from the April 14 SRC meeting where Shaquille McKnight of E. Washington Rhodes High School spoke about the importance of investing in District schools. She was the second place winner in the Citywide Student Government Census Oratorical Contest. Here's the speech that earned her 2nd place: 


The United States Government census will take place this year. A census counts the current population in each state to determine how much government funding each state will receive. The 2010 census money will go to jobs, schools, health, buildings, transportation, and education.

Notes from the news, Apr. 15

By Anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 09:08 AM

Happy tax day. Also, don't forget to fill out your census form.

Ackerman creates new 'chief' position at $180,000 The Notebook blog
Leroy Nunery is a former Edison Schools executive and was a finalist for District superintendent. He'll work on fundraising and outside partnerships.

Parent voices concern over school changes The Inquirer
A Stetson parent testified about the Renaissance Schools overhaul plan that would convert many District schools to charters.

See also: New info on provider interest in schools The Notebook blog
Full Renaissance Schools coverage The Notebook

Charter oversight: failure Daily News (opinion)
Comparing the charter school financial scandals to the California gold rush.

Neighbors to be heard on school building sales Daily News
The District will now include community feedback in decisions to sell closed schools.

See also: Neighbors to be heard on school building sales Urban Direction blog

Students warned on dangers of flash mobs The Inquirer
Students were gathered at Hospitality Education Day.

See also: Head of public safety lectures students on "flash mobs" WHYY
Phila. Students Discuss Flash Mob Tourism Impact KYW

What Do Your Kids Know About Climate Change? Philadelphia Weekly

Five Local Early Childhood Educators to be Honored KYW

School Success Criteria Volume 3: Leadership Philly School Search blog

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New info on provider interest in schools

By Paul Socolar on Apr 14, 2010 06:14 PM

It appears that two of the nine planned Renaissance Schools will have only one choice of  potential outside manager, based on new information from the provider proposals about their plans to be suitors for these low-performing schools slated for turnaround.

Ackerman creates new 'chief' position at $180,000

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 14, 2010 05:57 PM

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has created a new high-level post in her administration and hired Leroy Nunery, a former executive at Edison Schools and a finalist for Ackerman's position when she was hired nearly two years ago.

Notes from the news, Apr. 14

By Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 08:17 AM

District chooses 6 nonprofits as potential Renaissance school operators The Inquirer
All six were finalists in the preliminary process, and now School Advisory Councils at the nine Renaissance Schools will get to recommended managers from this pool, for final approval by the SRC in May.

See also: Six providers to vie for Renaissance schools The Notebook blog
6 finalists in running of Renaissance schools Daily News
Lista oficial de administradores para Escuelas Renacimiento Al Día

Philadelphia schools' service workers finalize new contract WHYY
The new contract for 3,000 of aides, bus drivers, and other support staff includes a pay raise.

See also: District support staff gets raise in new contract The Inquirer

Parents work to rejuvenate a public school The Inquirer
The parents are working to prepare Jackson Elementary in South Philly for their toddlers.

Correcting the Corrective Math problem, II The Notebook blog
Part two in the three part series details issues with the Corrective Math curriculum.

Philadelphia: Parent Organizations Seek Accountability in Schools Philadelphia Neighborhoods
Profile of the Parent Power group.

SRC to get earful today over $1 land transfer Daily News

Pact OKd for Wakisha Charter School teachers The Inquirer

Childs Elementary focuses on creating life long learners The Philadelphia Tribune

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Six providers to vie for Renaissance schools

By Paul Socolar on Apr 13, 2010 07:51 PM

Six organizations have sought and received the District's stamp of approval to vie for contracts to manage one or more schools in the first cohort of nine Renaissance Schools effective next fall.

Correcting the Corrective Math problem, II

By Guest blogger on Apr 13, 2010 12:02 PM

This week's guest blog is the second installment in a three-part series about Corrective Math from Dr. Caroline Ebby, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Last week we learned about the math curricula the District uses. This week focuses on issues with Corrective Math. Next week, we'll learn about alternative options.

Notes from the news, Apr. 13

By Anonymous on Apr 13, 2010 08:29 AM

Charter school scandals in Philadelphia WHYY
Interviews with City Controller Alan Butkovitz about his charter school report, Superintendent Ackerman, and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools.

Looking out for the most vulnerable The Notebook
There are specific programs in place to help pregnant and parenting, homeless, adjudicated, and foster teens graduate.

Buckling down, measuring up, and bubbling to the finish line. Time for the PSSA. The Notebook blog
So much emphasis is placed on test-taking skills, but what about content knowledge?

Using Web Based Media to Foster Positive Collaboration with Youth: Getting Started The After School Hip Hop Project

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Buckling down, measuring up, and bubbling to the finish line: Time for the PSSA

By Timothy Boyle on Apr 12, 2010 12:14 PM

The PSSA has descended upon Philadelphia. While my 4th graders don't take the science section until the 26th, we've been prepping for over a month now.

Notes from the news, Apr. 12

By Anonymous on Apr 12, 2010 09:15 AM

Putting a new focus on science The Inquirer
Science is the theme of this year's Report Card on the Schools. You'll also find stats for schools in Philly and throughout the region.

New law planned to boost Pa. charter oversight The Inquirer
The law would strengthen financial oversight to respond to "charter greed."

See also: More Charter Control Metropolis

'I will fight,' says girl, but denies report The Inquirer
The Inquirer found and interviewed the "Cambodian female" referenced as a fight instigator in the Giles Report about violence at South Philly High.

Weingarten at West Philly High: A model community school? The Notebook blog
AFT President Randi Weingarten visited West where she learned about the significant improvements in community relationships at the school.

See also: Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High? Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Why three big donors got behind Williams The Inquirer
Big donations are nothing new to school-choice supporter donors who gave $1.5 million to Williams' campaign.

Letters: The Inquirer
Readers write in about Williams and Penn Alexander's principal. 

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Weingarten at West Philly High: A model community school?

By the Notebook on Apr 9, 2010 04:16 PM

by Bill Hangley Jr.

The head of the national teachers' union was at West Philadelphia High this week to ask, “How can I help you?” For many of the teachers at West, any help she provides may come too late.

Notes from the news, Apr. 9

By Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 08:21 AM

Butkovitz: Charter schools spending like it's their money Daily News
The city controller also found that the District is not doing an adequate job of oversight of the $350 million spent on 67 charter schools.

See also: City Controller report blames District for lack of charter oversight The Notebook blog
Report faults oversight of Philadelphia charter schools WHYY
Phila. Controller Says There's No Oversight of Charter Schools KYW
Charter-school report puts blame on School District The Inquirer
Charter Schools Had Blank Checks Fox 29
Fraude y abuso en Escuelas ‘Charter’ Al Día
Report: Philly charter schools risk taxpayer money AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution

Large, varied system of alternative schools serves returning students The Notebook
Students at the Re-engagement Center find "multiple pathways," a variety of programs, to help them graduate, get a GED, or build skills.

Getting Started Series: The Parent Talk Philly School Search blog

A letter from a J.S. Jenks Alumna This Year at Jenks blog

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City Controller report blames District for lack of charter oversight

By Wendy Harris on Apr 8, 2010 10:08 PM

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference yesterday to release a 94-page report of the findings from an in-depth investigation into 13 Philadelphia charter schools, while aiming much of his criticism at the School District for its failure to keep abuses of the charter law in check.

Notes from news, Apr. 8

By Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 09:01 AM

Sebelius calls for a wider role for city schools The Inquirer
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the Coalition for Community Schools forum taking place in Philly this week.

See also: Parley discusses role of schools Daily News
High School Students Will Debate Benefits of Community Schools UC Review

After schools are chosen, District discloses some Promise Academy details The Notebook blog
The Promise Academies will have a variety of supports and enrichment activities but will need to "earn" autonomy.

City controller cites charter-school profiteering The Inquirer
The controller's final report on charter schools is to be released today. It will include suggestions on tightening loopholes in the state charter school law.

Bala Cynwyd investors donate $1.5M to Williams The Inquirer
The candidate for governor received the money from school choice PACs.

See also: Big contribution, seemingly a record-breaker, fueled Williams’ money haul PA2010.com

Renaissance Schools and Croyden Apartments Top Agenda for Neighborhood Associations UC Review

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QuickTakes April 2010

By May Truong on Apr 7, 2010 12:42 PM

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After five years of public attention & millions of dollars directed at the dropout crisis, what have been the biggest changes for students & families?

 
 

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