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PFT: 'We will not be intimidated'

By Benjamin Herold on Feb 18, 2011 03:52 PM

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan has posted a strongly worded statement on his blog, denouncing the reassignment of two Audenried high school teachers in the wake of student protests at the school:

King students walk out

By the Notebook on Feb 18, 2011 01:34 PM

by Raquel Ronzone

Just days after walkouts of students at West Philadelphia and Audenried, students from Martin Luther King High School walked out this afternoon in protest of a District’s plan that could convert their school into a charter.

At noon, about 70 to 100 students walked out of the school’s main entrance, holding signs that read “Save our school” and chanting “We want King.” They demonstrated on school grounds for a few minutes until District and Philadelphia police told them to move off the property and to the corners across the street.

Notes from the news, Feb. 18

By Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 11:02 AM

notes from the news imageDistrict exiles outspoken Audenried teacher The Notebook blog
Hope Moffett, a third-year teacher at Audenried who has been critical of the proposed turnaround plans for the school, received a letter yesterday telling her to report to the High School Academic Division office today.

See also: Audenried's future a big topic at SRC The Notebook blog
Audenreid High switches to charter, parents angry
Philadelphia Tribune 

Survey finds reasons Philadelphia students drop out The Inquirer
Youth United for Change released a report yesterday based on interviews with students who have dropped out.

See also: Group tackles dropout crisis Daily News
Report Details Why Kids Drop Out Fox 29
El 38% dejan la escuela desmotivados Al Día
Students report on dropout causes
Philadelphia Tribune

Now King students plan walkout The Notebook blog
Students at King High School plan a walkout today at noon in protest of the turnaround plans for their school.

'Philadelphia is proud to have Dr. Ackerman' The Notebook blog
This guest blog comes from the Chair of the Black Legislative Caucus, State Rep. Waters.

Waiting For Culturally Relevant Education, Not Superman The Atlanta Post
Profile of Imhotep Charter School, which has an African-centered curriculum. The school has had success, but opted not to apply to be a Renaissance Schools turnaround provider.

See also: Why aren't African-centered charters running turnarounds? The Notebook

U.S. Secretary of Education Appoints Members of Equity and Excellence Commission Media Newswire
Former Chair of the SRC Sandra Dungee Glenn was named to the commission.

Wisconsin A Year in the Life of a Teacher
The AFT put together a page to help people keep up on what's happening with unions in Wisconsin.

Do Furlough Days Ease Fiscal Pain? Fox 29

Pennell grapples with loss of a principal The Notebook blog

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District exiles outspoken Audenried teacher

By Benjamin Herold on Feb 17, 2011 11:54 PM

For the past week, a group of students, teachers, and community members at Audenried High School have been vocal in their opposition to the District's plans to convert their school into a charter.

Today, say some, the District struck back.

Now King students plan walkout

By Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 10:07 PM

An email Thursday evening said that students at King High School plan a walkout for Friday at noon. Here's the message:

'Philadelphia is proud to have Dr. Ackerman'

By Guest blogger on Feb 17, 2011 09:31 PM

This guest blog comes from State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.


As chairman of the Pennsylvania Black Caucus, I am expressing my unwavering and unequivocal support for Dr. Arlene Ackerman, the superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. In light of a recent personal attack against her, including a call from one state lawmaker for her resignation, I believe it is necessary to set the record straight.

Pennell grapples with loss of a principal

By the Notebook on Feb 17, 2011 07:34 PM

Reporter Bill Hangley, Jr. covered the Renaissance Schools community meeting at Pennell Elementary on Tuesday for NewsWorks/WHYY and the Notebook.

Pennell is one of seven low-performing schools slated to become a Traditional Promise Academy. Popular principal Gina Steiner will be replaced. But District officials say the school will have more resources.

The Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks are partnering to cover the Renaissance Schools initiative this school year, with stories shared on both websites. NewsWorks is a news website from WHYY that covers the Philadelphia region with a focus on Northwest Philadelphia - "powered by your concerns, questions, views, insights and stories."

Audenried's future a big topic at SRC

By Benjamin Herold on Feb 17, 2011 12:12 PM

For the second time in as many days, Audenried High School students converged on District headquarters to voice their displeasure with the District's plans to convert their school into a charter as part of its new "Promise Neighborhood Partnership" with Universal Companies.

Notes from the news, Feb. 17

By Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 11:07 AM

notes from the news imageSRC juggles hot issues at marathon meeting The Notebook blog
The SRC approved four charter expansions, heard about the budget and facilities master plan, and heard from community members around Audenried about the plans to turn it over to Universal Companies.

See also: Philly SRC hears dire warning on school funding The Inquirer
School panel hears Audenried objections Daily News

Level with the public on Philadelphia school closings! Daily News (opinion)
The Daily News republished an editorial from the Notebook's February edition on school closings.

From a parent to the SRC: An open letter The Notebook blog
If the SRC or Superintendent Ackerman doesn't give notice by March 1, Ackerman will get an automatic one-year extension on her contract. The SRC chairman said the issue is a "personnel matter."

See also: School District Apparently Fine With Arlene Ackerman Life Sentence Philebrity

Corbett administration backs school vouchers Philadelphia Tribune
In testimony to the state education committee, Gov. Corbett's nominee for education secretary spoke in support of vouchers but did not endorse Senate Bill 1.

See also: RFA’s Kate Shaw discusses vouchers on Fox News Research for Action blog
On school vouchers, the data isn't encouraging Daily News (opinion)
Corbett OKs tax $ for use in private schools AP via Philly.com
Heated debate in Pa. Senate hearing on school vouchers The Inquirer
SB 1 Hearing Video and Testimony Keystone State Education Coalition

Gaining programs, losing a principal at Pennell Elementary WHYY/NewsWorks
Pennell will be a Promise Academy next year and will receive a new principal.

See also: Promise principals, hiring timeline released The Notebook blog

2nd annual TAG 'Justice in the Classroom' workshop The Notebook blog
The event is this Saturday and is hosted by the Teacher Action Group's Restorative Justice committee.

Lawmaker eyes cap on superintendent salaries Daily News

Notes from the Field  - West and Audenried Student Protestors Challenge The Wisdom of The District’s Leadership City School Stories

Active Grade: Create Standards-Based Reports Philly Teacher blog

McCall Embraces Diversity Philly School Search

A final farewell to a Roxborough student WHYY/NewsWorks

School districts set to share sobering news The Inquirer

Temple students rally in Harrisburg for continued state support Temple University

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SRC juggles hot issues at marathon meeting

By Paul Socolar on Feb 16, 2011 10:51 PM

A five-plus-hour SRC meeting Wednesday was topped off by a stream of supporters and critics of the proposal to turn over Audenried High School to Universal Companies as a charter school. The move is part of the Promise Neighborhood and Renaissance School plans.

The unusual evening session of the body delved into a number of the other hot issues - charter expansions, budget cuts, school closings - confronting them this winter:

From a parent to the SRC: An open letter

By Helen Gym on Feb 16, 2011 03:34 PM

Today’s Daily News reports that Superintendent Arlene Ackerman automatically receives a one-year contract extension on her current five-year deal unless she or the School Reform Commission gives notice by March 1.

Promise principals, hiring timeline released

By Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 03:17 PM

The District announced the names of principals for the Promise Academies during the 2011-12 school year and the District's target timeline for hiring for the schools.

2nd annual TAG 'Justice in the Classroom' workshop

By Guest blogger on Feb 16, 2011 02:15 PM

This guest blog post is from Hanako Franz of TAG Philly.


Teacher Action Group is working hard to get teachers organized.

Our next event is happening this Saturday, February 19, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 1910 North Front Street (Front & Berks). The Restorative Justice Committee will be hosting our second annual "Justice in the Classroom" workshop.

Notes from the news, Feb. 16

By Anonymous on Feb 16, 2011 11:07 AM

notes from the news imageBig promises, big questions in S. Philly The Notebook blog
Universal Companies has big plans for the Grays Ferry and Point Breeze neighborhoods. Students at Audenried, which is slated to become a Universal-managed charter, walked out of school yesterday and protested at 440.

See also: This time, it's Audenried students who walk The Notebook blog
In defense of the new Audenried The Notebook blog
Audenried High students protest Philly School District's Renaissance plan The Inquirer
Students Speak Up and Walk Out Over Citywide Plans for Schools Philly Education Justice blog

Ackerman defers 100G bonus, adds no-pay time Daily News
In addition to doubling the number of planned furlough days, during which Ackerman will continue to work, she also decided to defer her retention bonus.

See also: Philadelphia schools chief pledges to double her furlough days The Inquirer
 Philly school chief taking 20 unpaid furlough days AP via The Times Leader
Ackerman To Take 20 Furlough Days Fox 29
Ackerman ups her furlough to 20 days The Notebook blog

DN Editorial: How did school deficit happen? Daily News
The Daily News editorial board calls on Mayor Nutter to get involved with galvanizing support for school funding in Philly.

School choice in Philadelphia: It's the Titanic solution Daily News (opinion)
The writer, a retired Philadelphia teacher, terms vouchers "the Titanic solution" because "there will never be enough seats on the educational lifeboat called 'choice.'"

Vouchers Hearing Today In Pa. Senate Fox 29
Ronald Tomalis, who Gov. Corbett nominated to be education secretary, will be among the people testifying today.

See also: Contact Members of the Senate Education Committee about SB 1 Keystone State Education Coalition
VOUCHERS - TOP BLOG POSTINGS Keystone State Education Coalition

Thank you, readers - we rely on you The Notebook blog
Thanks for your readership and comments--we had more than 100 comments on the site yesterday. We also need your financial support, would you join us as a member?

Germantown students find opportunities for success Philadelphia Tribune
This week's learning key includes pieces on Germantown High and its planned turnaround as a Promise Academy, Brandon Ford's trip to D.C., and a Central student's trip to Disney.

See also: West Philly student ‘ecstatic’ to meet Obamas Philadelphia Tribune
Central High senior gets celebrity help to reach her dream Philadelphia Tribune
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA PARENT UNIVERSITY OFFERS PSSA WORKSHOPS Philadelphia Tribune

Día Internacional en Central High School Al Día

Youth Appreciation Award: Determined to succeed South Philly Review

TEDxPhilly Talk Practical Theory blog

Parents go Positive This Year at Jenks

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Ackerman ups her furlough to 20 days

By Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 07:24 PM

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman will take 20 furlough days, rather than 10 as previously announced, according to a District press release. The furlough is part of Phase I of the District's plan for dealing with a budget shortfall expected to exceed $400 million.

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