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Notes from the news, June 14

By Anonymous on Jun 14, 2010 08:42 AM

West: No Renaissance, but plenty of turnover The Notebook blog
The turmoil has left more than 30 teacher vacancies at West Philly High, which is a higher percentage of turnover than in recent years.

See also: 'Too Late' for Academic Overhaul at W. Phila. High KYW

John Baer: We could have a state budget (gasp) on time! Daily News
Baer thinks that we will see the increase in state education funding that Gov. Rendell is calling for and some new taxes.

Mobile science program brings high-tech gear to schools The Inquirer
Science in Motion is a program that brings expensive equipment and skilled staffers into schools to teach kids science.

Press Release: WAGNER MIDDLE SCHOOL WINS $5,000 IN STUDY ISLAND NATIONAL SPRING CONTEST eSchool News
Wagner won the contest by showing the most enthusiasm for the Study Island online education program.

Continuity, Community, and Change A Good Day Teaching blog
A retirement celebration for two long-time teachers prompted

AmeriCorps grants awarded in Pa. Philadelphia Business Journal

Philly Student Tests Positive for TB NBC Philadelphia

Stiff prison terms for 2 tied to Danieal Kelly's death The Inquirer

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West: No Renaissance, but plenty of turnover

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 11, 2010 04:26 PM

West Philadelphia High School might not be getting an overhaul next year, but its teaching staff will be.

District officials said Friday that 44 of the school's 72 current staff have opted to return to West, leaving nearly 30 vacancies to be filled by September, depending on the school’s final staffing needs.

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Notes from the news, June 11

By Anonymous on Jun 11, 2010 10:43 AM

Climate managers fired, deputy superintendent hired The Inquirer
District officials didn't agree on the need for the climate managers. Union leaders and teachers criticized the cutting of positions designed to help keep order in schools.

See also: Ackerman Makes a New Hire PhillyNow blog
New Position Created to Help Ackerman Run Phila. Schools KYW

Bill would extend Phila. schools' Universal Feeding program The Inquirer
Rep. Sestak and Rep. Fattah introduced a bill in Congress to continue the program that offers free breakfast and lunch to 110,000 students, without the need to fill out an application, for another five years.

See also:  House may re-instate Philadelphia’s free lunch WHYY
Congressman Sestak Applauds Introduction of Childhood Nutrition Legislation News Blaze

Liberty Bell Project - life... and the pursuit of happiness The Notebook blog
Teacher Sam Reed's students are working on a Liberty Bell project with the Philadelphia Arts Education Partnership and Liberty Museum.

Students learn education is a tool of empowerment The Inquirer
Universal Companies held a Male Empowerment Workshop at Vare Middle School.

Students bear brunt of delayed overhaul at West Philly High School WHYY

Vicious beatings in S.W. Phila. playground difficult to prosecute The Inquirer

Hamels Foundation donates $90K to schools Philadelphia Business Journal

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Liberty Bell Project - life... and the pursuit of happiness

By Samuel Reed III on Jun 10, 2010 01:47 PM

Believe it or not schools can be the most undemocratic and uncreative spaces.

The Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP)  and the National Liberty Museum have developed an exciting program entitled “Let Art Freedom Ring” that infuses democracy, character education, and art making.

“Let Art Freedom Ring” seeks to reinvigorate students’ civic mindedness and artistic muses through 12 sessions. During the sessions students explore themes related to liberty, study Philadelphia’s role in shaping our democracy, and collaborate with resident artists to create a 6', 3-d interpretation of the Liberty Bell.

Notes from the news, June 10

By Anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 08:39 AM

SRC does not respond to West council pleas The Notebook blog
West Philly's School Advisory Council called for the SRC to approve Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now as the school's Renaissance provider, but the SRC didn't act.

See also: Ackerman: 'Too late' to upgrade W. Philly Daily News
No overhaul this year for West Phila. High The Inquirer

Ackerman names new second-in-command The Inquirer
Rumors swirled about a staff shakeup in District leadership, but the only announced change was appointing Leroy Nunery as deputy superintendent.

See also: Anticipated shakeup turns out to be a new deputy The Notebook blog
Nunery: second in charge The Notebook blog

Next week: charter renewals, not expansions The Notebook blog
The SRC will take up the renewals of 11 charters on June 16, but not requests for changes in grade configurations or enrollment.

Ex-teacher learns the hard way: Watch what you put online The Inquirer
The PSEA advises teachers not to blog about "job duties, colleagues, supervisors, or students."

PCHR participants talk about the real business of school The Notebook blog
At the seventh in a series of 11 hearings on school violence, students, principals, teachers, and others described positive steps taken to address violence.

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SRC does not respond to West council pleas

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 9, 2010 11:57 PM

Frustrated and bitter, several members of the West Philadelphia High School School Advisory Council (SAC) personally demanded that the School Reform Commission (SRC) vote Wednesday to match West with Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now as a Renaissance School for next year.

The SRC, however, did not respond to those demands during its public meeting.

Nunery: second in charge

By Paul Socolar on Jun 9, 2010 11:54 PM

In an evening press briefing, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman clarified that Leroy Nunery, the District's new deputy superintendent named Wednesday afternoon, is the District's "second person in charge" but added that "we haven't decided what the structure is going to look like yet."

Next week: charter renewals, not expansions

By Paul Socolar on Jun 9, 2010 11:35 PM

It looks like next week's School Reform Commission meeting on June 16 will finally take up the renewals of 11 charter schools seeking another five-year charter but will not address requests by a number of charters that had hoped to expand their grade configurations and student enrollments in the fall.

Anticipated shakeup turns out to be a new deputy

By Paul Socolar on Jun 9, 2010 01:33 PM

Joined by Mayor Nutter at a meeting of the School Reform Commmision, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman announced a "structural change" at the District:  Leroy Nunery was promoted to a new high-level post as deputy superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia.

Nunery has been serving as chief of institutional advancement and strategic partnerships since April at an annual salary of $180,000. He was one of three finalists in the CEO search that led to the hiring of Ackerman two years ago.

PCHR participants talk about the real business of school

By Monika Zaleska on Jun 9, 2010 12:56 PM

Moreso than many of the previous hearings on school violence held by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR), Tuesday night’s gathering of parents, principals, and students at the Towey Center in North Philadelphia highlighted some positive efforts to combat hostile school climate.

Notes from the news, June 9

By Anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 08:43 AM

In West non-vote, did the SRC violate the Sunshine Act? The Notebook blog
The Sunshine Act requires that decision-making take place in public, but it's unclear where the decision was made to delay the vote on West's Renaissance Schools provider.

See also: While controversy swirls, life goes on for many at West The Notebook blog
Turmoil at West Philadelphia High could leave 50% teaching posts empty WHYY

Phila. teacher reassignment put on hold The Inquirer
The forced transfer of more than 500 teachers has been put on hold due to confusion and complaints of contract violations.

Schools set to pick new deputy chief Philadelphia Tribune
Leroy Nunery will likely be named deputy superintendent at today's SRC meeting.

S. Philly High 6 months later: What still needs work The Notebook blog
The statistics District officials have cited during a recent media blitz do not reflect the reality of ongoing harassment and violence, or stats on the District's own site, writes Helen Gym.

How one Phila. school diffused a recent conflict The Inquirer
At the seventh of 11 hearings on school violence before the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, the principal of Kensington Business High School described how a proactive approach helped defuse a potentially explosive situation.

Show the love: Become a Notebook Member The Notebook blog
We need your help to reach our goal of 500 Members. Meet other Notebook readers and Members at our event next Tuesday!

One Week Away Practical Theory blog
One week till Science Leadership Academy graduates its first class.

Graduación de escuela charter virtual en PA Al Día

Dud grenade found at S. Phila. elementary school The Inquirer

Kindergartner missing from school had walked home The Inquirer

As education level rises, unemployment rate falls The Inquirer

Kids squeezed out of school programs Roxborough Review

Area schools taking bigger economic hit Courier Times News

Students Hurt in SW Philadelphia School Bus Ax KYW

Tech Tool vs Learning Tool Philly Teacher blog

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In West non-vote, did the SRC violate the Sunshine Act?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jun 8, 2010 04:07 PM

At its meeting on Wednesday May 26, the School Reform Commission suddenly and without voting withdrew a prepared and printed resolution on pairing West Philadelphia High School with Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now as a Renaissance School. Chairman Robert Archie said only that "certain facts" had come up that needed to be checked out.

While controversy swirls, life goes on for many at West

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 8, 2010 04:06 PM

Yet another battle over the future of West Philadelphia High School broke out Tuesday morning in the school’s auditorium.

S. Philly High 6 months later: What still needs work

By Helen Gym on Jun 8, 2010 10:27 AM

In the past few weeks, the School District of Philadelphia has made a heavy media push to recast the story at South Philadelphia High School. From news articles to columns to letters to editorial board briefings, the District is pushing the story that the events of Dec. 3 are long past and, in their typical refrain, it’s time to move on.

The latest push has been to use statistics. According to Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer story, the District claims that last school year there were 92 assaults total; this year 44. From Jan.-May, there were 70 assaults reported; this year only 15.

It seems pretty astounding to claim that this school year has been a better and safer one than last year.

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