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Suffering from search engine overload

By Frank Murphy on Jun 18, 2010 01:47 PM

Recently I have been suffering from search engine overload. This is an ailment that can cause trance-like behavior on the part of the sufferer. Another common symptom associated with this syndrome is the spouting off of seemingly endless facts about the particular subject the victim has been investigating through online search engines.

It is an exhausting ailment. In my case I contracted this condition as a result of my efforts to become better acquainted with the providers who have been identified as being eligible to manage Renaissance Schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

Notes from the news, June 18

By Anonymous on Jun 18, 2010 08:40 AM

Effort starting to raise $100 million for public, charter, parochial schools The Notebook blog
The Philadelphia School Project plans to raise the money to support high-quality education, wherever it may happen.

Notebook friends come out in full force for Turning the Page for Change fundraiser The Notebook blog
A big crowd came out to support the Notebook and mingle with friends and colleagues. The Notebook honored high school journalists.

See also: Thank you, Notebook community The Notebook blog

A-plus work Daily News (opinion)
This didn't come through in my feeds yesterday, and was a late addition to the Notes, but is a must read. Thanks to the Daily News for a nice shout out to Editor Paul Socolar and the Notebook!

Presidente de Congreso renuncia Al Dia
Nicholas Torres is leaving Congreso to head the new Philadelphia School Project.

Phila. schools close, pools open Philly.com
Have a great summer vacation!

LGBT community leaders question future for city's queer youth Voice of Philadelphia

Nicetown-Tioga: Leap After-School Program Praised Throughout Community Philadelphia Neighborhoods

North Central: The Stigma of Truant Youth Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Parkside: Students Salute Their Futures Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Phila. Test Scores Rise Again Metropolis

Philadelphia public school students improve PSSA scores WHYY

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Effort starting to raise $100 million for public, charter, parochial schools

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 17, 2010 11:01 PM

A big, new player has emerged in the city's education world. It's called The Philadelphia School Project and it plans to raise $100 million in philanthropic money with the goal of supporting high-quality schools whether they be district-run, charter, or parochial.

Thank you, Notebook community

By Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 01:46 PM

Tuesday was our 7th annual Turning the Page for Change event. Thanks to everyone who attended, hosted, volunteered, co-chaired, donated, sponsored, and otherwise supported to make it a great event.

I was honored at the event for the tremendous success that our site has become. We try to keep the event program brief so I didn't have a chance to make any remarks, but hey, it's the web, there's unlimited space here!

Notebook friends come out in full force for Turning the Page for Change fundraiser

By the Notebook on Jun 17, 2010 01:37 PM

By Brad Gibson and Monika Zaleska

Hamilton Hall of the University of the Arts was abuzz with friends of the Notebook as we gave awards to student journalists and to two special honorees while celebrating our 16th year as Philadelphia’s leading education resource at the seventh annual Turning the Page for Change event on June 15.  

Notes from the news, June 17

By Anonymous on Jun 17, 2010 08:32 AM

Late addition, about us! A-plus work Daily News (opinion)
Editor/director Paul Socolar and the Notebook get a great shout out in the Daily News!

SRC approves some additional charter school seats The Notebook blog
The SRC changed its plans and did vote on charter seat expansions in yesterday's meeting. They also approved all renewals for 11 current charter schools.

See also: 11 Phila. schools granted new charters The Inquirer
Charters get nice surprise: Renewal, expansion OKs Daily News
School Board OKs Modest Phila. Charter School Expansion KYW

Reading, math scores up, but about half of students fail Daily News
More than half of District students scored proficient on reading and math tests for the first time.

See also: An 8th straight year of PSSA gains The Notebook blog
Phila. Students Reach Standardized Test Milestone KYW
A test-score milestone for Phila. schools The Inquirer

West Philadelphia High students' 100 m.p.g. competition The Inquirer
The West Philly team that keeps on chugging in a very tough field of competitors to build a 100 mpg car made The Inquirer's front page.

See also: West Phila. Students Build Hybrid that Can Compete KYW

Marilyn Perez named Edison principal The Notebook blog
The current Central regional superintendent will lead the struggling high school.

The legacy of the one-room schoolhouse: The Notebook The Notebook blog
School no longer takes place in a single room, but the Notebook helps create a similarly tight-knit community.

Editorial: Teaching that passes the test The Inquirer
Congratulations to Aaron Greberman Philly's teacher of the year.

Give Us the Truth About School Violence Education Week (opinion)
Former safe schools advocate Jack Stollsteimer writes about the "rising epidemic of violence" in our schools.

Is There an Education Crisis In Philadelphia? Fox 29
Fox 29 asks you to decide if we spend too much to educate students in Philadelphia.

Port Richmond: Reading Toward a Better Future Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Microsoft-designed School of the Future graduates first senior class NCEN

Microsoft’s Philadelphia High School Offers Laptop Computer on Students What is the Trend

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An 8th straight year of PSSA gains

By Paul Socolar on Jun 16, 2010 04:35 PM

Preliminary results on this spring's state standardized test, the PSSA, are good news for the District, Superintendent Ackerman told the School Reform Commission today. For the first time ever, more than half of District students scored proficient in both reading and math.

Proficiency rates districtwide have climbed to 57 percent in math and 51 percent in reading, the eighth consecutive year of growth. This year's gains - four points in math and three points in reading - are consistent with the growth rate over the previous seven years.

SRC approves some additional charter school seats

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 16, 2010 04:30 PM

Apparently responding to a furious lobbying campaign that started last Friday, the School Reform Commission approved some charter expansions for next year, although not to the level the operators had requested.

All 11 charter renewals approved

By Paul Socolar on Jun 16, 2010 01:58 PM

At today's School Reform Commission meeting, the SRC approved staff recommendations to give five-year renewals to all 11 charters up for renewal. Stay tuned for more news.

A staff presentation indicated that the charter renewals include specific academic performance targets for each school, an annual school report card and a performance index based on the one used for District schools.

Marilyn Perez named Edison principal

By Paul Socolar on Jun 16, 2010 01:41 PM

In an unusual move, the School District has assigned one of its top, veteran administrators, Marilyn Perez, to serve as principal of Edison High School next fall. Perez is currently regional superintendent for the Central Region.

The legacy of the one-room schoolhouse: The Notebook

By Timothy Boyle on Jun 16, 2010 11:50 AM

As I stood in the middle of the Turning the Page for Change Celebration, I realized how the Notebook is a big part of how I've come to know the school district I work for. I also thought about how much and how little the process of getting your questions answered about schools has changed.

Notes from the news, June 16

By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 08:25 AM

Congrats to all 2010 graduates!

At South Philadelphia High, an upbeat end to a tumultuous year The Inquirer
Superintendent Ackerman attended the ceremony. Graduating senior Duong Ly said that the good thing to come out of the tumult was "after Dec. 3, we know how to organize."

See also: South Phila. students graduate after tough year 6ABC

Vote on expansion of charter schools in Philly postponed The Inquirer
The SRC said it won't vote on expansion of charter schools at today's meeting and the next meeting is in August, which is much too late for schools to actually prepare to offer the new slots in September.

See also: Charter school leaders antsy over delay on expansion vote The Notebook blog
Charters' approach is working The Inquirer (opinion)

Microsoft High School's First Graduating Class Has a Bright Future Fast Company
The first graduation took place yesterday.

See also: First class graduates from 'School of the Future' 6ABC
Microsoft's 'School of the Future' graduates first class AP via USA TODAY

Ronnie Polaneczky: Michelle gets to walk, but Ackerman kneecaps principal ... & principles Daily News
Michelle graduated from Germantown High School yesterday and her principal had said she couldn't walk in the ceremony due to lateness, but Ackerman overrode that decision.

Speech to the Class of 2010 Practical Theory blog
Principal Chris Lehmann's speech to the first class of Science Leadership Academy.

PA teachers, state workers pensions face cuts Philly Deal$ blog
The state house passed a bill that would raise the standard retirement age to 65 for Public School Employees' Retirement System and the State Employees' Retirement System.

Will the education reformers ever learn? The Inquirer (opinion)

Phila. Charter School Geared to Foster Kids Graduates 1st Class KYW

Philadelphia's top teacher again from Bodine High School The Inquirer

Arts grants target Philadelphia youth WHYY

4 Philadelphia Students Honored for Perfect Attendance KYW

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Charter school leaders antsy over delay on expansion vote

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 15, 2010 11:38 AM

While the School Reform Commission is planning to vote on 11 charter school renewals Wednesday, it has announced that it won't get to the requests of 22 charters to change their grade configuration or expand. The next SRC meeting is August 15, which is late for planning for a school year that starts in September.

Notes from the news, June 15

By Anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 08:13 AM

Please join us at our 7th annual Turning the Page for Change celebration!

Microsoft's Philly high school traveled rocky road AP via The Inquirer
School of the Future graduates its first class this year, which has inspired a look back and the challenges and opportunities at the tech-centric, project-based school.

See also: School of Future: High on tech, low on basics? Daily News

Social justice slate sweeps to victory in the Chicago Teachers Union The Notebook blog
In a move that should inspire and challenge social justice teacher activists, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators won leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union.

A timely lesson, late in coming Daily News                                                        Star student at Germantown High School loses the chance to walk with her classmates at graduation.

Philadelphia's young lag in military readiness, study finds The Inquirer
How to address this lag? Retired servicepeople urge increases in education funding, with a focus on early chilldhood education.

See also: Study: Most city youth deemed unacceptable for military service: Undereducated, unfit, have criminal records Daily News
Retired Military Men Push for PreSchool Funding KYW
Enhancing early education for next generation of soldiers WHYY

For students in foster care, a hard-won graduation WHYY
Arise Academy, a charter school for foster kids, graduated its first class this year.

See also: Foster Kids Find Success At Philly Charter School NPR

Olney High Program Gives Students 'Healthy' Perspective KYW
St. Christopher Children's Hospital runs a program that exposes Olney High students to health careers.

Lenfest Foundation, Peco give to Philadelphia Education Fund Philadelphia Business Journal

PhillyInc: Study: More jobs will require higher education The Inquirer

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Social justice slate sweeps to victory in the Chicago Teachers Union

By Ron Whitehorne on Jun 14, 2010 10:23 AM

Chicago teachers last week elected CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators), a group that has worked along side the community to fight school closings, teacher firings, and privatization over the past two years, to head the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).  

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