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Notes from the news, Feb. 10

By Anonymous on Feb 10, 2010 10:17 AM

Rendell budget calls for $354 million more for schools Daily News
The District is grateful for another state funding boost and chief business officer Michael Masch is optimistic that the Legislature will pass the budget on time this year.

See also: Again, Rendell budget raises education spending The Inquirer
Rendell: Boost education funding a 3rd time The Notebook blog

Snow day on Feb. 10 The Notebook blog
This week's Renaissance Schools community meetings have also been canceled and rescheduled for next week.

Poll: Nutter's job-approval rating up to 53% The Inquirer
Philadelphians were also polled about Superintendent Ackerman, and 51% had no opinion, 29% approved of her work, and 20% disapproved.

Problems with Innovation model The Notebook blog
The Innovation model allows successful teams to turn around their own schools, but they would still have to fire at least half of the current teachers.

Philadelphia School Responds To Racial Attacks Here & Now
Radio interview with Inquirer writer Jeff Gammage about the situation at South Philly High.

Hey, parents and guardians! The Notebook blog
We're holding a focus group next Tuesday for longtime readers who are parents and guardians. $50 honorarium for all participants, and further details are on the blog.

Science Leadership Academy: A new model for schools Technically Philly
A profile and video of the District school affiliated with the Franklin Institute.

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Rendell: Boost education funding a 3rd time

By Paul Socolar on Feb 10, 2010 12:08 AM

Advocates for school funding are mostly cheering Tuesday's budget news from Harrisburg. Despite a tight fiscal situation, Gov.

Problems with Innovation model

By Eric Braxton on Feb 9, 2010 01:54 PM

The Innovation School model was one part of the Renaissance Schools plan that I thought might offer a real way for teachers, students, parents, and community members to come together and create plans to transform their schools together.

I thought this could be a great way to show that with the right resources and flexibility, public schools, with public school teachers can really work. Unfortunately, after reading the plan more carefully, I am not sure that that opportunity exists. 

Hey, parents and guardians!

By the Notebook on Feb 9, 2010 12:18 PM

Are you a long-time reader of the Notebook? If so, would you like to join us next Tuesday, Feb. 16 for a focus group? Participants will receive a $50 honorarium.

Notes from the news, Feb. 9

By Anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 09:37 AM

Phila. schools open [today]; make up days ahead The Inquirer
Schools are open today, but the make up days have not yet been scheduled.

Renaissance community meetings postponed The Notebook blog
With more snow forecasted for today, some and perhaps all of this week's meetings will be rescheduled.

Letters: For schools, new teacher contract is just the start Daily News
Letter from Education Voters PA Director Susan Gobreski.

Late education professor leaves long legacy The Temple News
Dr. Snelbecker will be honored with a scholarship in his name.

Elizabethan English and Education for Liberation PSU blog
 

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Renaissance community meetings postponed

By Dale Mezzacappa on Feb 8, 2010 05:42 PM

Due to the bad weather, some, and perhaps all, of the community meetings scheduled for this week at Renaissance Eligible schools will be postponed.

UPDATE: All community meetings have been cancelled. The meetings have been rescheduled for next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Notes from the news, Feb. 8

By Anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 10:06 AM

Philly Schools Closed Monday NBC Philadelphia
Enjoy the day off. Good luck digging out!

Pa. bill would expand overhaul of schools The Inquirer
It would not affect Philadelphia, but would expand outside management in struggling districts throughout the state.

Former charter school administrator files whistleblower suit The Inquirer
The former Philadelphia Academy Charter School employee says she was improperly fired.

Ackerman excited about Promise Academies The Notebook blog
Promise Academies are Renaissance Schools that would be managed out of Ackerman's office.

The Next Steps: A Campaign to End Violence in Our Schools Philadelphia Education Justice blog
Next step is the announcement of a campaign at Wednesday's SRC meeting.

Phila. Public Schools Train Science Professionals to Teach KYW

Struggles at School of the Future The Notebook blog

EduCon 2.2 Reflections - What Do You Think? Practical Theory blog

I Love This Job: A Follow Up Philly Teacher blog

More On Language Immersion Philly School Search blog

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Struggles at School of the Future

By Dale Mezzacappa on Feb 5, 2010 06:18 PM

Starting a little more than a year ago, I got involved in a project sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute to compile a book about Philadelphia's School of the Future, the partnership between Microsoft and the District to create a new kind of urban high school.

My article adapted from the work done for the book by me and others has just been posted on the website of Education Next.

Ackerman excited about Promise Academies

By Dale Mezzacappa on Feb 5, 2010 05:33 PM

One of the options in the Renaissance Schools process is the so-called Promise Academy, which will be a "turnaround" school under the direct control of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, or a team of staff in her office.

While that might seem like a contradiction in terms - how can it be "turnaround" if the same people running the District are running this school - it isn't, according to the way officials describe it.

Notes from the news, Feb. 5

By Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 10:04 AM

Can a Renaissance happen without the community? Notebook NEWSFLASH
The Renaissance Schools plan relies on community involvement, but at a recent school meeting, not many parents showed up.

School district looking for support-service applicants Daily News
Support applicants for Renaissance Schools do not need to have experience running a school.

Telling it like it is South Philly Review
Report on last week's hearing on school violence.

See also: Tepid response to attacks against Asians is nothing new The Notebook
The Other Way to Respond to School Violence Young Philly Politics blog

Breakfast at Meade - Inside a Renaissance Alert School The Notebook blog
Ron Whitehorne found that Meade is "not a failing school" in spite of being on the list of lowest-performers.

Hey Council! School news you need to know Young Philly Politics blog
Helen Gym rounded up the recent news on Renaissance Schools, school choice, class size, and other developments.

Activists target motel across from school The Inquirer

Using Drop.io in the Classroom Philly Teacher blog

How Many People Remember the Story of Derrion Albert? Another Reason "turnaound schools" Might be a Bad Idea... Philly Teacher Talks blog

Thinking About School Choice Long Term Philly School Search blog

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Breakfast at Meade - Inside a Renaissance Alert School

By Ron Whitehorne on Feb 4, 2010 04:08 PM

Dennis Barnebey, education specialist at Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), asked me if I want to join him in going to look at the breakfast program at the Meade Elementary School at 18th and Oxford in North Philly. The school has been doing breakfast in the classroom for a while now, and Dennis thought it might make a good blog post.

Part of what made may say yes this week was that Meade showed up on the recently announced Renaissance Alert list, a circle up from the dreaded Renaissance Eligible list. Besides breakfast, I wanted to see what a school on the list looked like.

Notes from the news, Feb. 4

By Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 08:04 AM

Study finds high school choice 'an illusion' The Inquirer
Research for Action reported that only 45% of students who applied to high schools ended up attending one of the schools they applied to.

See also: Report: 'High school choice an illusion' The Notebook blog
Study: Phila. school choice often no choice at all Philly.com

Focus on School Turnarounds The Notebook
Our February edition has just been released online and is hitting the streets in print. Check it out for more details about Renaissance Schools, other turnaround models, the teachers' contract, class size, and more.

Other Phila. schools handle racial, ethnic tensions The Inquirer
Fels, Furness, and Bartram have also dealt with racial tension.

How does your school rank? The Notebook blog
More details about the School Performance Index used in selecting potential Renaissance Schools.

See also: School District of Philadelphia Publishes 2009 Annual Report & School Performance Index Philly School Search blog
School Rankings A Very Public Education blog

Congressional Education Innovator Praises Obama Plan as Bold, Sensible, Reflecting "Real World Experience" UC Review
Rep. Chaka Fattah spoke about the Obama
administration's plans for NCLB.

Oh Yeah, This is Why I Love this Job Philly Teacher blog

The 26th annual philadelphia school district highschool students art exhibition UC Review

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Report: 'High school choice an illusion'

By Paul Socolar on Feb 3, 2010 06:56 PM

Fewer than half of the Philadelphia eighth graders who tried to gain admission to a high school other than their neighborhood school were successful, according to a new policy brief released today by Research for Action (RFA).

The brief is based on a larger, forthcoming RFA study that studied the transition to high school in Philadelphia for the class that entered ninth grade in 2007.

Check out our edition on school turnarounds

By Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 03:36 PM

We've just posted the February edition on the web. It will be available in print at all of our school and community sites within the next two weeks.

Highlights of the edition include:

Also, you'll find articles about the contract, the first report on what happened this year with class size in grades K-3, and a slideshow on Constitution High's basketball team.

How does your school rank?

By Paul Socolar on Feb 3, 2010 10:30 AM

The School District has made available on the Web its School Performance Index (SPI) rankings for every school in the District, rating the schools on a scale of 1 to 10.

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