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Childs parents give District an earful

By Paul Socolar on Apr 28, 2010 09:05 PM

District officials had lots of answers for a boisterous auditorium-full of George W. Childs School parents Wednesday evening as they tried to explain why they want to relocate the entire 605-student school into nearby Barratt Middle School next fall.

But parents kept repeating one question that officials couldn't or didn't answer: "Why weren't we included in the decision-making process from the beginning?"

Notes from the news, Apr. 28

By Anonymous on Apr 28, 2010 08:49 AM

In defense of parents The Notebook blog
Parents, like teachers, get a lot of flak about student achievement. The groups could work together rather than tear each other down as happens in blog post comments.

FAFSA Warns People Not to Miss Filing Deadline KYW
PHEAA has a hard deadline of May 1 if students attending four-year colleges want to be considered for state grants.

Extended school year services can help students who regress during school breaks The Notebook
Students with IEPs who either lose or have trouble recovering skills after a long break are eligible for services.

Junta de padres en “Escuelas Renacimiento” Al Día

Pa. education nominee pledges a robust term The Inquirer

NJ students walk out to protest budget cuts Philly Education Justice blog

How I Use Google Reader Philly Teacher blog

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In defense of parents

By Ron Whitehorne on Apr 27, 2010 07:49 PM

Some teachers, rightfully angry over being blamed by politicians, the media, and self-appointed education reformers for the failures of inner city schools, turn around and scapegoat parents, or more specifically, poor parents of color.  

Notes from the news, Apr. 27

By Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 08:51 AM

Pain for Asian youth didn't end with school assault The Inquirer
South Philly High student is still feeling the effects of his head being slammed against a wall last month.

See also: South Philly High: The District's alternate reality The Notebook blog
Wake up, LaGreta! Attytood

New Pa. education secretary details priorities The Notebook blog
Zahorchak's successor, Thomas Gluck, was named yesterday.

Feds subpoena officials from 13 charter schools, sources say Daily News
The 13 schools were investigated in the City Controller's report on financial mismanagement of charters.

Teachers moving toward education for liberation The Notebook blog
The Teacher Action Group is holding its first curriculum fair on Saturday.

Briefly... CITY/REGION Daily News
Community meetings with potential Renaissance Schools providers start this week. Plus, Graduate! Philadelphia is holding an event today to tell people more about returning to college. 

One-stop shop for college now open at City Hall The Notebook
The PhillyGoes2College office is part of Mayor Nutter's plans to help increase the number of Philadelphia residents with a college degree.

US Education Official, in Philadelphia, Declares Support for Community Colleges KYW

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New Pa. education secretary details priorities

By Dale Mezzacappa on Apr 26, 2010 04:08 PM

Thomas Gluck, named Monday to replace Gerald Zahorchak as Pennsylvania's secretary of education for the remainder of Gov. Rendell's term, said that much of his work over the next several months will involve money.

Teachers moving toward education for liberation

By Guest blogger on Apr 26, 2010 12:54 PM

This week's blog post comes from Teacher Action Group members Sulaiha Schwartz and Anissa Weinraub.


It’s a Monday evening and 15 teachers from the School District of Philadelphia are sitting around a table. They’re engaged in a lively conversation about the outside influences that impact the types of curricular decisions they get to make daily.

Notes from the news, Apr. 26

By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 08:29 AM

Budget woes hit schools hard and harder The Inquirer
Pennsylvania is in a better position than other states because of legislated increases in education funding and how it has chosen to use stimulus funds.

Rendell campaigns in area for more school aid The Inquirer
Rendell toured the Philly burbs to rally support for his budget, which again includes increases in state funding for education.

Williams Ramping Up Campaign WDUQN
The gubernatorial candidate supports school choice and says he won't commit to funding the "costing out" report.

Catchment Maps Available Online A Very Public Education blog
The maps are one of many improvements to the school profile pages on the District's site.

Pa. Education Sec. to Head Allentown's School District KYW
Zahorchak will leave his post May 7. His replacement has yet to be named.

See also: Ed. Sec. Zahorchak heading for Allentown The Notebook blog

Phila. School District to Hold Public Budget Meetings KYW

DOE Auditors: Philly Grants 'High-Risk' Fox 29

Phila. Schoolteacher Inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame KYW

Knowing Your Kids A Good Day Teaching blog

Black woman leads former whites-only Philly school AP via Washington Post

Pa. Worker Gets 7.5 Years in Teen's Starvation Death KYW

6 Reasons I Surround Myself with People Smarter Than I Am Philly Teacher blog

New Film Highlights Serious Problems in Public Schools KYW

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South Philly High: The District's alternate reality

By Helen Gym on Apr 26, 2010 06:20 AM

A few weeks back I wrote a post about a 16-year-old boy who enrolled at South Philadelphia High School post-December 3 and who was assaulted last month in a bathroom stall.

Monday’s Inquirer story gives an update on Lin De Liu’s condition:

Ed. Sec. Zahorchak heading for Allentown

By Anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 07:32 PM

Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak has resigned, effective May 7. Gov. Ed Rendell is expected to name a successor by that date to fill out his term, which ends in January.

On July 1, Zahorchak will take over as superintendent of the Allentown School District.

Zahorchak has served as education secretary since 2005. He also served as deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education and superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District.

Notes from the news, Apr. 23

By Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 06:10 AM

Immigrant students find school system didn't have them in mind The Notebook
Immigrant students often " often wind up in inappropriate settings, receiving inappropriate instruction."

Clout: Williams, Hoeffel tangle on school-voucher issue Daily News
At a gubenatorial candidates' forum argued about the definition of school vouchers.

Charter school spared a move to avoid chemicals The Inquirer
Discovery Charter's neighbor was found to have hazardous chemicals on site, but since it promises to clean them up within 48 the school will not have to move.

Beeber: An ArtsZone hub The Notebook blog
The ArtsRising collaboration is starting out in five schools, including Beeber. Eighth grader Precious Lee wrote about what art and this new arts program mean to her.

A Radical Notion Practical Theory blog
That notion is that national standards "be written by successful people not of that field. Poets writing math standards, etc..."

Floating Biology and Blueberries blog
A District science teacher wrote about her experience convincing a student who nearly dropped out to come back to school.

New Traveling AAMP Exhibit Opens History to Middle Schoolers KYW

ASD chooses Zahorchak, state education secretary, as its new superintendent The Morning Call

SRC contrató a nuevo asesor de educación Al Día

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Beeber: An ArtsZone hub

By Samuel Reed III on Apr 22, 2010 11:39 AM

Community partners, business leaders, artists, parents, and students of Beeber Middle School will meet on April 28th at 5 p.m. to plan for a newly launched Art Zone. The program was established in collaboration with ArtsRising, a comprehensive youth initiative supported by the Philadelphia Education Fund, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and Fleisher Art Memorial.

Beeber is one of the five inaugural ArtsRising ArtZone hubs. ArtsZone hubs are geographical areas anchored by schools that are linked integrally to their surrounding neighborhoods and arts resources within communities and the larger city. Other inaugural ArtZone hubs will be located at:

  • Warren G. Harding Middle School
  • John B. Stetson Middle School
  • Grover Washington Middle School
  • C.A.A. Baldi Middle School

What follows is a guest blog contribution written by Precious Lee, an 8th grader at Beeber Middle School. She is one of Beeber’s leading student journalists. She has written about her views on art and the launching of the ArtsRising ArtsZone hubs.

Please spread the word about Beeber's ArtZone and encourage Precious with comments and questions about what role art should play in schools.

Notes from the news, Apr. 22

By the Notebook on Apr 22, 2010 08:51 AM

Budget forecast: Another year of growth The Notebook blog
The District anticipates additional dollars from stimulus funding and an increase in state funding.

See also: School district reveals budget; eyeing $163M in federal aid Daily News
Phila. School District proposes $3.2B budget The Inquirer

Supporters of charter criticize Butkovitz report The Inquirer
People testified in support of expansion of KIPP and People for People Charter School, among other charters.

How much is a buck worth? Why a District land deal needs more scrutiny The Notebook blog
The deal for land behind Duckrey Elementary raises questions about the SRC's decision making and the District's capital budget.

Longtime Philadelphia educator is now a Hall of Famer Daily News
Erlene Bass Nelson, a retired teacher of 51 years, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

In Latin, he's what we could describe in English as perfect Daily News
Boys' Latin student Ameer Purdie received a perfect score on the National Latin Exam.

Mastbaum School leading students to successful careers Philadelphia Tribune
Students receive vocational education and with their diploma, a certificate in their vocation.

The #140 Character Conference Philly Teacher blog
Philly teacher participated in a panel discussion about teaching social media to students.

See also: #140Conf Talk and Telling Our Story Practical Theory blog

Campaign for Nonviolent Schools Flash Mob a Success Philly Education Justice blog

Union protests pay disparity for school janitors WHYY

Discouraging Parents from the Get Go: Why Restricting Pre-K and K is a Bad Idea A Very Public Education blog

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Auditor General Jack Wagner Asks Philadelphia School District to Finally Provide Swaps Details PRNewsWire

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Budget forecast: Another year of growth

By Paul Socolar on Apr 21, 2010 09:56 PM

Unlike districts across the country that are grappling with teacher layoffs and harsh cutbacks, the School District of Philadelphia, in its $3.2 billion draft budget for 2010-11 released Wednesday, projects a third consecutive year of new and expanded offerings.

jQuery testing

By May Truong on Apr 21, 2010 03:53 PM

April 2010 Focus on Dropouts, Disconnected Youth, & Diplomas

Looking out for the most vunerable

by Sheila Simmons and Lynne Blumberg

How much is a buck worth? Why a District land deal needs more scrutiny

By Helen Gym on Apr 21, 2010 12:12 PM

When is a dollar not worth a dollar? Take a look at last week’s media stories (Daily News  and Inquirer), which blew open a District land transfer deal for a politically connected development group. The story raises serious questions not only about the SRC’s secretive decisionmaking process, but also the wheeling and dealing behind the District’s new land management policy and its enormous – and almost entirely unscrutinized – capital budget. And as the SRC votes today on the sale of six more properties, public concern and oversight is more necessary than ever.

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