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Student shot on school bus in West Philly

By Anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 02:19 PM

This morning a 15-year-old student on a school bus to CEP Miller, an alternative high school, shot another student. The shooter was apprehended a short time later.

Local media are covering the incident:, 6 ABC, CBS 3, NBC Philadelphia, KYW, The Examiner, and Delaware County Times.

We'll post any updates as they become available.

Notes from the news, Nov. 6

By Anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 10:38 AM

Elmer Smith: West Philly High takes center stage - for a day Daily News (opinion)
Smith celebrates the star-studded event on Thursday, but also reflects on West's history and plans for the new school.

See also: Activists seek more than a new building for West Philly High The Notebook NEWSFLASH

Cable Giant Comcast Donates Complete Library to a Kensington School KYW
Fairhill Elementary will receive 1,700 books and four computers for a new library.

See also: A boost for library at Fairhill School Daily News

Call Me Mister meeting, Thursday November 12 at 4 p.m. PSU blog
PSU is working with the Cheney University-based program to expose young men to the teacher training program.

Annette John-Hall: Putting a bit of pizzazz in Civics 101 The Inquirer (opinion)
Reality-show contestant, activist, and aspiring politician Will Mega visited students on Tuesday to share the excitement of civic engagement.

Authorities say con man fleeced retired teachers The Inquirer
The financial adviser stole at least $4.6 million dollars, largely from Philly and Bucks County teachers.

Editorial: More bungling at the BRT The Inquirer

Letters: The case for black teachers Daily News

Letters: Hire teachers who actually know things The Inquirer

Notes from the news, Nov. 5

By Anonymous on Nov 5, 2009 10:52 AM

Ford Foundation gives $100 million to reform urban high schools LA Times
The Foundation is funding efforts in seven cities, including Philadelphia.

Strike fallout: Attendance down at some city schools
Teacher attendance was normal, but several magnet schools reported a big dip in attendance.

At Northeast, no uniform, no classroom: Parents' ire as students detained in auditorium Daily News
A new uniform policy went into effect yesterday. Students and parents protested the policy outside, while students in street clothes spent the day in the auditorium.

See also: Northeast High uniform policy protested The Inquirer

The ABCs of choosing gifts for teachers University City Review

Happening today: Service event at West Philly High School with Wyclef Jean, Mayor Nutter, Councilwoman Blackwell, Sixers players, and others joining students to enhance the school and talk activism.

Notes from the news, Nov. 4

By Anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 10:50 AM

Phila. Students Struggle to Get to School Sans Septa KYW
35,000 School District of Philadelphia students use SEPTA, and 12,000 charter school students use it, too.

See also: Schools brace for strike fallout The Inquirer
Tens of thousands of students affected by SEPTA strike Daily News
Bike the Strike Plan Philly

School nurse urged exam of Charlenni's limp The Inquirer
The nurse at Charlenni's most recent school noticed the limp, but at her previous school the school nurse noticed signs of abuse and filed complaints with DHS.

Teachers need World Series ... for contract help The Notebook blog
The World Series was an important piece of the SEPTA negotiations. Teachers would benefit from a similar degree of pressure on the teachers' contract talks.

School District of Philadelphia celebrates groundbreaking for new West Philadelphia High School University City Review

Teachers need World Series ... for contract help

By Samuel Reed III on Nov 3, 2009 08:25 PM

Hopefully, SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 234 will be able to “play ball” and resolve their pending contract negotiations. I give credit to the transit union for leveraging the Phillies and Yankees World Series while it was in town. 

Notes from the news, Nov. 3

By Anonymous on Nov 3, 2009 10:36 AM

Today is Election Day, don't forget to vote!

SEPTA Transit Workers On Strike in Philadelphia KYW
School is out for a professional development day today, but tomorrow it's up to parents to get their kids to school.

PhillyDeals: Stimulus money unlikely for city Internet plans The Inquirer
The Notebook and other local nonprofits were a part of applications for stimulus money for broadband Internet, but Comcast and telephone companies may be standing in the way.

Teen in truancy spat had eye on college Daily News
More on the incident between a junior at Frankford High and two truancy officers.

Wilma Theater Welcomes Local Students For Special Matinee of COMING HOME 11/4 Broadway World

High stakes testing arrives in PA

By Helen Gym on Nov 2, 2009 12:52 PM

Ways of tackling the drop-out crisis that raise awareness and engage youth and others in creative solutions:

Philly Student Union members cut a CD addressing the dropout crisis to raise attention to the issue and raise funds for a great organization whose 99% graduation rate is testimony enough of their success. Oh, and PSU did groundbreaking on the new West Philly school too. Check out Koby's pitch below, listen to the CD, and donate to PSU here.

Ways of tackling the drop-out crisis that do anything but:

This month the state Board of Education approved new state graduation exams for all high school students in Pennsylvania.

In case you missed it: Teacher ed, ELL, God in the stands

By Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 12:22 PM

Teach Your Teachers Well New York Times (opinion)
The director of Williams College's teaching program, Susan Engel, suggests treating teaching like a craft, with intensive mentoring.

Students remaining in English language classes too long, study shows Los Angeles Times
Even though nearly 70% of students in ELL classes were born in the U.S., nearly 30% remain in ELL classes in high school.

Barred From Field, Religious Signs Move to Stands New York Times
Fearing a lawsuit, a Bible-belt school barred religious signs from the football field, but that did not silence revelers.

The Answer Sheet: The feuding is getting in the way Washington Post
Moving past a polarized debate is an important point to keep in mind as contract negotiations and major reform continue here, too.

Notes from the news, Nov. 2

By Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 10:57 AM

Pa. charter school overhaul legislation proposed The Inquirer
Charters were once again front page news this weekend. A bipartisan committee recommended changes include increasing financial oversight and limiting the hiring of relatives.

Clash between truancy officers & Frankford High junior is probed Daily News
A student has accused two truancy officers of leaving him with a black eye, a bloody nose, and cuts that required stitches.

Group says transgender teen was abused in Philadelphia agency's custody The Inquirer via Allentown Morning Call
The agency is DHS, but the mistreatment took place at the Youth Study Center.

Flu absences present challenges to schools The Inquirer

The real story at West Philly High

By Eric Braxton on Oct 30, 2009 04:57 PM

West Philadelphia High School has been in the news a lot in the last few weeks. The Inquirer did a story on the turnaround at West  and Tuesday was the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building

While West still has a long way to go, there have been some great strides made in the last two years. 

The media reports, however, often miss the intricacies of what it takes to make this kind of change. 

Philly high school application deadline Oct. 30

By Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 12:00 PM

Less than two weeks till the applications are due. Applications are due TODAY. Any last minute questions? Check our Guide!

Please share your thoughts on the process and ask your friends to comment, too.

How did you find the application process? What was most difficult, or unexpectedly easy? 

High school teachers and administrators, what are the most important last minute things students should do?

Students, do you already have your application in? What helped you figure out which five schools to list?

Middle school counselors, a limited number of copies of the Notebook Fall Guide remain. Please email us if you'd like to pick up some copies for students you work with or have the copies mailed to you for a small fee.

Notes from the news, Oct. 30

By Anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 09:54 AM

School district issues LGBT resource guide Philadelphia Gay News
The guide went out to all District principals. It was developed with the help of the District's LGBT advisory committee.

Editorial: Teaching the teachers The Inquirer
Sec. Duncan highlighted the need for improvements in the quality of teacher training programs, and the Inquirer echoes that. 

High School graduation exams: money, politics, lobbying and the usual stuff that makes PA education so "meaningful" Young Philly Politics
The approved high school graduation exams are a costly new project. Helen Gym opens her post with an inexpensive way to support the Phila. Student Union.

Riders prepare for long commute Metro Philadelphia
SEPTA workers may strike, and for students who rely on SEPTA, that could induce major headaches.

School says goodbye to beloved teacher The Inquirer
Students at Dobbins honored a young teacher killed in August. 

Notes from the news, Oct. 29

By Anonymous on Oct 29, 2009 11:11 AM

Schools again facing shortage of black teachers Daily News
The SRC hired a firm to recruit 50 Black teachers. So far, the District has hired four of the recruits.

Education Secretary Not Mad, Just Disappointed ProPublica
Gov. Rendell got a warning letter from Sec. Duncan about the state's misuse of education stimulus funds. Using the stimulus funds improperly can make Pennsylvania ineligible for  competitive grants, which total more than $5 billion.

We Interrupt this Education Blog... Practical Theory

Notes from the news, Oct. 28

By Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 09:49 AM

Philadelphia schools' food workers select a union The Inquirer
Cafeteria workers and noontime aides from Local 634 voted by a 2-1 margin to remain with UNITE HERE, rather than switch to SEIU, opening the door to contract negotiations.

See also: UNITE HERE Delivers Crushing Blow to SEIU in Philadelphia BeyondChron
UNITE HERE Local 634 Wins Philadelphia Election Press release via Reuters
The Battle for Local 634 - What's at Stake? The Notebook blog

Ackerman announces more changes in key schools staff
Chief Academic Officer Maria Pitre-Martin is leaving, setting off a chain reaction of changes.

Philadelphia tax revamp is still a mess The Inquirer
City Council held a hearing on the BRT, and much of the conversation centered on those 80 patronage positions on District payroll.

District breaks ground for new West Phila. High School

See also: Construction Set to Begin on a Brand-New West Philly High KYW

Notes from the news, Oct. 27

By Anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 10:15 AM

New building, new hopes for West Philly High Daily News
Groundbreaking is today. Philadelphia Student Union members and Notebook blogger Eric Braxton describe what it means to bring together the school and community for this project.

The battle for Local 634 – What's at stake? The Notebook blog
Cafeteria workers and noon-time aides are deciding which union will represent them. Ron Whitehorne outlines the background of the dispute.

Career Academies KYW
The National Career Academy Coalition is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia Nov. 1-3 to celebrate the first Career Academy, which opened at Edison High School in Philly 40 years ago.

Phila. Council Holds 1st Hearing on Abolishing Tax Board KYW
The hearing concerns the BRT and the plan to put it under the mayor's control.

As schools offer vaccines, city urges against flu panic Daily News

Fumes sicken students; school evacuated in Philly 6 ABC

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