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Notes from the news, Mar. 24

By Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 07:42 AM

Mixed local reaction to Obama education changes The Inquirer
The blueprint for reauthorizing NCLB includes major changes for the bottom 5% of schools.

Chicago's HS admissions -- model or mess? The Notebook blog
Chicago also has a HS admissions process like Philly, but in Chicago the district kept a log of people who called to appeal their child's assignment.

The school-reform merry-go-round Daily News (opinion)
Another op-ed from Chalk and Talk blogger and teacher, Christopher Paslay.

My Guest Blog Post on Edutopia Philly Teacher blog
The Bluford Elementary teacher wrote about "What teaching methods work best with at-risk students?"

First superintendent candidate meets public in Allentown The Morning Call
Philly regional superintendent Lucy Feria is a candidate to lead the Allentown schools.

On Blast: Music, News & Analysis from Philadelphia Student Union Philly Education Justice blog

This Year, Pa. Budget Process Gets an Early Start KYW

Math, Civics and Sciences founder alleges 'discrimination' by referees Daily News

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More on School Advisory Councils

By Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 01:19 PM

The Notebook website now has a central place for you to discuss Renaissance Schools; we encourage you to join the dialogue.

Over the weekend there was a training for the members of the School Advisory Councils. The District has released the list of members of those councils. NOTE: This list came from the District on Mar. 19, and has not been updated, aside from a minor adjustment Mar. 26.

Chicago's HS admissions -- model or mess?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 23, 2010 01:17 PM

Those of us interested in exploring what is right and wrong, fair and unfair about Philadelphia's high school admissions process should read this story co-written by Stephanie Banchero, my good friend and colleague on the Education Writers Association board.

Notes from the news, Mar. 23

By Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 08:04 AM

West changed my life The Notebook blog
A guest blog post from West junior Dante Boyd. West finds out Friday if it is a Renaissance School.

Rendell's budget set for House approval The Inquirer
The budget includes a $335 million increase in basic education funding.

More on School Advisory Councils The Notebook blog
The District released the names of all of the School Advisory Councils' members. The Notebook created a new place to chat about the whole process - our Renaissance Schools forum.

Imani School wins national award Daily News
Imani Education Circle Charter School won the award for boosting its students' achievement.

For the love of kids and science Temple University Communications
A look at the man behind the George Washington Carver Science Fair.

edcamp Philly 2010 Philly Teacher blog
Barcamp-style event is coming to the Philly ed world May 22.

Alternative Admissions and Magnet Schools A Very Public Education blog

Fattah Applauds Landmark Advances for Education PR Newswire

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West changed my life

By Guest blogger on Mar 22, 2010 12:20 PM

Here's this week's guest blog post on West Philadelphia High School, which finds out this Friday if it will be a Renaissance School or Promise Academy.


My name is Dante Boyd, I’m a junior at West Philadelphia High School, and I want to share with you my experience at West. I enrolled one year ago and I can clearly tell you West Philadelphia High School changed my life. At that point in time I had no guidance in my life. I had zero credits when I was supposed to be in the 11th grade. 

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.

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