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Superintendent, Audenried student square off at SRC

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 10, 2011 12:25 AM

Despite strong opposition from some students and staff at Audenried High School, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is resolute in her conviction that the District should move ahead with its plans to convert the school to a charter.

SRC to vote on Renaissance charter matches March 16

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 9, 2011 05:03 PM

The School District is moving apace with its plans to match eight new Renaissance schools with outside managers, despite concerns about the clarity, transparency, and speed of the process.

Philly bears brunt of school cuts

By Paul Socolar on Mar 9, 2011 03:46 PM

School District officials said Wednesday that more than one-fourth of the education cuts in Gov. Corbett's proposed state budget are falling upon Philadelphia, even though it serves only about one-tenth of the state's students.

Online teaching tool: Dialogue on stopping bullying in schools

By Helen Gym on Mar 9, 2011 03:07 PM

South Philadelphia High School student Duong Nghe Ly was once targeted at his school because of his race. Tomorrow, because of his tremendous work in addressing racial harassment at his school, Ly will be at the White House with the President, First Lady, Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, and Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for a conference on bullying in schools.

The event is streaming live online:

Notes from the news, Mar. 9

By Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 11:05 AM

notes from the news imageCorbett budget proposal slashes education funding, with program cuts and teacher layoffs likely The Inquirer
The budget would cut $500 million in basic education subsidy funding and halve the state funding for state-related higher education institutions like Lincoln and Temple.

See also: Corbett budget slashes education spending The Notebook blog
Masch: Corbett budget worsens revenue shortfall The Notebook blog
Budget Analysis: Governor’s Proposed 2011-12 Budget The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Inquirer Editorial: Serving up the pain The Inquirer
Corbett Deeply Cuts Education Funding Fox 29
Education groups none too happy with guv's budget The Hall Monitor blog
Temple U. Head Urges Public Response To Corbett’s Education Budget Cuts CBS 3
Nutter Worried About Corbett Cuts To Philadelphia ‘Eds and Meds’ CBS 3
Corbett: Teachers Must Pass On Raises Fox 29
State budget round up from Philadelphia Daily News It's Our Money
Education Subsidy Cuts by District/State Budget Coverage Keystone State Education Coalition

District officials say Audenried High overhaul was based on years of poor performance The Inquirer
Audenried High was reopened in 2008 and its first class of students is now in 11th grade. The District says its fair to consider historical data on the school and that data from the past three years has been "absolutely unacceptable."

See also: Show of support for teacher who spoke her mind 6 ABC
District documents: Moffett facing termination based on media reports The Notebook blog
District: We have more info on Moffett The Notebook blog
Audenried 'struggling,' school-district data show Daily News
Larry Platt: From the Editor: Giving a bleep about the audacity of Hope Daily News (opinion)

Help is here for those daunting college financial forms The Inquirer (opinion)
Local businesses and organizations have partnered to bring Financial Aid U. to Philly.

Arthur Elementary students experience total learning Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key includes a profile of Arthur, description of arts and culture programs at two schools, and more.

See also: Southwark Elementary holds multicultural event Philadelphia Tribune
Philly Pops bring music, history to Hardin Middle
Philadelphia Tribune
Gateway Summer Engineering Academy seeks applicants Philadelphia Tribune

Ex-Teacher Pleads To Laptop Thefts Fox 29
The former Ethan Allen Elementary teacher pled guilty to stealing 45 laptops.

See also: Former Philadelphia Teacher Pleads Guilty To Stealing Laptops CBS 3
Teacher pleads guilty to stealing 45 school laptops The Inquirer

In case you missed it: Layoffs, seniority The Notebook blog

Judging Day At Science Fair For Philadelphia Middle And High Schoolers CBS 3

The prez, a boxer and a federal bill take a stand against bullying The Hall Monitor blog

International Women's Day: 100 Years of Progress A Broad View blog

Planning for the Future: SRC Meeting Today A Broad View blog

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Corbett's budget, a perfect storm for Philly, schools

By Ron Whitehorne on Mar 9, 2011 10:28 AM

 Now that the Governor has announced his budget the full extent of its impact on Philadelphia’s beleaguered public schools is becoming clear.

District: We have more info on Moffett

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 8, 2011 09:48 PM

School District officials say they have additional information supporting their recommendation that exiled Audenried High English teacher Hope Moffett be fired, but because that information has come from sources who wish to remain anonymous, they have not yet shared it with her or her union representatives.

Masch: Corbett budget worsens revenue shortfall

By Paul Socolar on Mar 8, 2011 08:57 PM

The School District was already expecting to lose $309 million in federal stimulus funds for next year. But Gov. Corbett's just-released budget plan will in total cost the District more than $400 million in lost revenue, according to Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch.

Corbett budget slashes education spending

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 8, 2011 05:06 PM

Gov. Corbett's budget proposal for 2011-12 presents very nearly a worse-case scenario to many education advocates.

An overview of the proposal describes plans to slash the state contribution for both K-12 and higher education and eliminate several Rendell-administration initiatives beyond the basic education subsidy, including accountability block grants and tutoring aid.

It also eliminates reimbursements to districts for charter school expenses. 

Key points:

In case you missed it: Layoffs, seniority

By Lauren Goldman on Mar 8, 2011 04:00 PM

Pressure Mounts to Ax Teacher Seniority Rules NPR
In New York, the State Senate passed a bill that would remove seniority protections from teachers facing layoffs. Districts across the country are facing layoffs, and debate is brewing about how to select which teachers to lay off.

See also: Teacher layoffs probable; new way proposed Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Teacher Layoff Plans in Los Angeles Pose Broad Implications The New York Times
The real but misunderstood incentive to remove senior teachers Gotham Schools 
Group of young teachers petitions to preserve seniority rights Gotham Schools
Statement of Arne Duncan on the National Call on Flexibility and Productivity U.S. Department of Education 
With layoffs coming, it's time to stand up for seniority The Notebook blog

Notes from the news, Mar. 8

By Anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 10:59 AM

notes from the news imageDistrict: Hope is gone Daily News
Audenried teacher Hope Moffett has a termination hearing this afternoon. According to the Daily News, even one of Superintendent Ackerman's supporters disagrees with the handling of Moffett's case.

See also: District recommends termination for Moffett The Notebook blog
Audenried High teacher notified of plan to fire her The Inquirer
Kids: Audenried now a 'school without hope' Daily News
Philadelphia School Officials Want ‘Rubber Room’ Teacher Fired CBS 3
DN Editorial: School district squanders Hope Daily News

Ruling assures access to SRC resolutions The Notebook blog
The Notebook won a court case against the District to make publicly available the full text of SRC resolutions that have been introduced and discussed.

State tax cuts in Pennsylvania may shift burden to towns and schools The Inquirer
Gov. Corbett is expected to balance the state budget by cutting services, which would leave towns and schools to fill in the gaps.

See also: Budget on PCN Keystone State Education Coalition

Three charter schools woo Gratz WHYY/NewsWorks
The School Advisory Council at Gratz heard presentations from Mastery Charter, Universal Companies, and Mosaica.

Corbett nominee says new high school tests will be delayed The Inquirer
The Keystone Exam graduation tests were supposed to begin this spring, but the state's Education Department needs to do more research.

The Phlog: Charter School Enrollement Cap Prohibited PhillyNow blog

An Important Win Practical Theory blog

You've Got to be Kidding- Vicious Attack On Charter School Management Organizations City School Stories

Philadelphia Student Union statement on School Closings PSU Blog

Super-Powered Word Study: Teaching With Comics Philly Teacher blog

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District documents: Moffett facing termination based on media reports

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 8, 2011 10:33 AM

The School District did not even initiate an investigation that Audenried High School English teacher Hope Moffett had endangered the welfare of children, the main basis for her recommended termination, until after they had removed her from the classroom and read statements she made in the Notebook three days later, according to District documents.

Ruling assures access to SRC resolutions

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 7, 2011 06:23 PM

The Notebook had to take the School District to court over the matter but succeeded in winning a decisive ruling that the District can't withhold complete School Reform Commission resolutions from the public once they have been introduced at an open meeting.

Common Pleas Judge Idee C. Fox ruled last week in favor of the Notebook, which had challenged the District's refusal to make available the full text of a set of SRC resolutions that been introduced and discussed at one of its public meetings. The District had argued that a resolution does not become a public document until it is acted on by the SRC.  

District recommends termination for Moffett

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 7, 2011 12:30 PM

The School District plans to terminate Hope Moffett, because she gave tokens to students that they used to leave class and attend a protest against the policies of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, specifically, the planned conversion of their school to a charter under Universal Companies, Inc.

Notes from the news, Mar. 7

By Anonymous on Mar 7, 2011 11:05 AM

notes from the news imageState official says Phila. district illegally capped charter school's enrollment The Inquirer
The District is appealing the decision, but if the decision stands it could have big ramifications for the District budget.

See also: Costly ruling on charter enrollment caps The Notebook blog
Philly School District loses big in charter enrollment dispute Young Philly Politics

Philly School District probe sees no "evidence of wrongdoing" by Ackerman The Inquirer
The District hired an outside investigator to look into the IBS contracting controversy.

See also: District statement on IBS investigation: 'No evidence of wrongdoing' The Notebook blog

The Lost Generation Metropolis
A Philadelphia Enterprise Reporting Fund piece about Latino men in Philly and the dropout crisis.

Teacher layoffs probable; new way proposed Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
New legislation would allow districts to consider performance and not just seniority when laying off teachers.

Inquirer Editorial: Attack school violence The Inquirer
The District has made some changes to respond to the violence at South Philly High, but it should act quickly to address violence across the District.

Teaching resources: Labor, Wisconsin, and women's history The Notebook blog
Some great resources from Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project.

Drop-In Program Gives Drop-Outs a Second Chance Voice of America
A look at the District's Reengagement Center.

Bridging the Gap: Language Access Services A Broad View blog
A description of some of the translation services the District offers.

Letters: Cuts even worse than imagined Daily News

Letters: The attacks on teachers must not stand Daily News

Ravitch on Jon Stewart/ Vouchers Keystone State Education Coalition

New Study Finds Philadephia Schools Need To Do More To Address Diversity CBS 3

Supply vs. Demand: Rock Star Superintendents The Huffington Post

Video Footage of Blackboard Labs/PYPM Recording Workshop at Upenn The After School Hip Hop Project

Green Woods Charter Chestnut Hill Community Meeting Philly School Search

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