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'Come back to school on Monday'

By Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 02:05 PM

At a Friday press conference, Superintendent Ackerman made her first appearance at South Philadelphia High School since the attacks last week. Ackerman and South Philly Principal LaGreta Brown unveiled a 13-point safety plan, and promised its immediate implementation.. Ackerman repeatedly urged students to return to school.

Notes from the news, Dec. 11

By Anonymous on Dec 11, 2009 10:32 AM

South Philly principal had troubles in NJ The Notebook blog
LeGreta Brown was recruited to lead South Philly. The Press of Atlantic City reported she had several rough spots in previous positions. At 10:15 there will be a press conference with Brown.

Editorial: No justice, no peace The Inquirer
This piece reiterated the Asian students' point that the problem at South Philly is how adults handled the situation. It called the current task force and safety plans "welcome moves," but urged more to be done.

See also: Annette John-Hall: Weak response to school beatings The Inquirer
Union says S. Phila. High needs more full-time officers The Inquirer
Lawmakers: Bring Back Safe Schools Office FOX 29
Racial violence besets Philadelphia school UPI
Are Asian Students at South Philly High Becoming a Target? Answer may not be Black and White Philly2Philly.com

Immigrant students and their mental health The Notebook blog
This post looked at some of the ways the District helps immigrant students, and includes a video with Roger Pin, Cambodian Family Advocate.

Will Council support abolishing the BRT? It's Our Money

No vote on table games or college funding The Inquirer

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South Philly principal had troubles in NJ

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 10, 2009 10:50 PM

South Philadelphia High School principal LaGreta Brown, who has been notably silent during the recent controversy regarding the safety of Asian students, once received a “no-confidence” vote from her faculty when she was principal of Atlantic City High School.

[EDIT: After a press conference Friday morning, when asked for comment about the controversies around her tenure in Atlantic City, Brown said, "It speaks for itself that all the issues were resolved."}

Immigrant students and their mental health

By Gustavo Martínez on Dec 10, 2009 03:38 PM

Last week several Asian students were attacked in South Philadelphia High. They have complained that school and District authorities haven't responded to their concerns sufficiently.

The relevance of caring for these students' needs is highlighted in the work of  Eileen Gale Kugler and Olga Acosta Price in their report "Helping immigrant and refugee students succeed: It’s not just what happens in the classroom," in which they stress the need to provide newly arrived children and their families with the culturally competent assistance they require.  

This is the first part of a series of postings in which we will talk about these issues. Check for a follow-up soon.

Notes from the news, Dec. 10

By Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 11:12 AM

Targeted because we're Asian: South Philly students speak out about racial assaults Young Philly Politics
Asian students outlined how staff responded, or not, last week.

See also: Asians say officials, not kids, are the problem at South Philly high Daily News
Asian Students Protest Interracial Violence Philadelphia Weekly
'Targeted because we are Asian immigrants' The Notebook blog
Asian groups tell Philly school board of assaults AP

Ackerman unveils South Philly plans The Notebook blog
The District will create a diversity committee, hire an outside investigator to look into the violence, and more.

See also: Phila. Schools Hire Outside Investigator Amid Racial Violence KYW
Phila district to hire investigator to probe violence The Inquirer
Better safe than sorry South Philly Review
District Investigates Racial Attacks at South Philly High NBC 10
Pa Human Rights will air strife on South Philly High The Inquirer
Teacher says she quit because of racial violence at city school WHYY

Special Report: Violence at South Philly High Metropolis
Metropolis is a new site from former Inquirer columnist Tom Ferrick, Jr. It has a package of coverage about South Philly. In the special report, G.W. Miller, III followed up on his PW story and in part II, Jack Stollsteimer offered his take.

City takes first steps to abolish BRT The Inquirer

Phila. student says he - not officers - was assaulted The Inquirer
A Frankford High student says he was assaulted by school truancy officers.

See also: Report: School Cops Beat Student for Being Late NBC 10
Football Star Claims School Cop Beating FOX 29

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Ackerman unveils South Philly plans

By Paul Socolar on Dec 9, 2009 05:51 PM

The second floor auditorium at District headquarters was packed with students and families concerned about the violence at South Philadelphia High School at Wednesday afternoon's School Reform Commission meeting -- holding signs saying "Stop School Violence" and "It's not a question of who beat whom, but who let it happen."

In lengthy opening remarks, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, noting that this is national Inclusive Schools Week, directly spoke to the issue of what adults in the District would do to prevent such violence, stating the District's commitment to "safe learning environments where everyone belongs and everyone benefits."

Asian students and allies speak to SRC

By Paul Socolar on Dec 9, 2009 05:45 PM

Just a few highlights from two hours of testimony today by Asian students at South Philadelphia and supporting organizations are below. Video provided by Gustavo Martinez.

'Targeted because we are Asian immigrants'

By Paul Socolar on Dec 9, 2009 05:15 PM

Asian students from South Philadelphia High School, along with adult allies from several organizations, came out en masse this afternoon to District headquarters and issued the following statement to the press at Wednesday's School Reform Commission meeting, providing extensive detail about their concerns:

Notes from the news, Dec. 9

By Anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 11:30 AM

Schools chief to address South Phila. High tensions The Inquirer
For the first time, Superintendent Ackerman will comment publicly on the incidents. She is expected to announce the creation of a diversity committee.

See also: Officials, parents meet at South Philly High Philly.com
'We want them to feel safe' The Notebook blog
Philadelphia Student Union's statement about the violence at South Philly HS The Notebook blog
 Asian students boycott Philadelphia Tribune
Asian students protesting alleged racism from African-American students The Grio

Philly does poorly on NAEP math tests The Notebook blog
Philly ranked below the national average of urban districts on 4th and 8th grade math scores. The NAEP scores showed much lower levels of proficiency than PSSA results.

See also: Phila. students score at bottom on national test The Inquirer

Council Moves Forward on Property Value Overhaul KYW
Council is "expected to give preliminary okay" to a plan to abolish the BRT.

You bring out the Latin-Caribbean in me... The Notebook blog
Teacher Samuel Reed wrote about his lesson on Latin-Caribbean culture. The post includes several students' poems.

Phila. project uses classes to reach parents The Inquirer

E-mail: Student held, beaten by school cops Daily News

Help Identify Science and Math Teachers for Philly Schools! PSU blog

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Philly does poorly on NAEP math tests

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 8, 2009 07:26 PM

Just 16 percent of 4th graders and 17 percent of 8th graders in Philadelphia scored proficient or better in math on the Nation's Report Card. The Report Card is also known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam, or the NAEP. Results on the exam, released today, put the city below the average for students in big districts across the nation.

In addition, those numbers differ wildly from proficiency rates on the PSSA, the state standardized tests. In 2009, more than 60 percent of Philadelphia 4th graders and 51 percent of 8th graders scored proficient or better -- raising issues about the rigor of state standards and the PSSA.

Philadelphia Student Union's statement about the violence at South Philly HS

By Guest blogger on Dec 8, 2009 06:02 PM

Members of the Philadelphia Student Union are outraged and saddened with the violence at South Philadelphia High School. We believe that young people need to come together to get the root causes of these issues and put in place real solutions.

Edublog nominations

By Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 05:11 PM

This year is our first opportunity to participate in the Edublog Awards! Readership of our own blog has grown steadly since it launched in February due to the consistently fabulous work of our bloggers, and the engaging feedback of our commenters. Thank you so much to everyone involved.

The Core Knowledge blog alerted me to the awards, and I already bookmarked several of the blogs they nominated. What do you think of our nominees? Who else would you suggest? We'll let you know when the voting opens.

You bring out the Latin-Caribbean in me...

By Samuel Reed III on Dec 8, 2009 02:22 PM

Why should I teach a predominately African American class about Latin-Caribbean culture?

My school, like many schools in Philadelphia is racially isolated. Consequently, tensions exist regarding meeting the School District’s expectation of promoting multicultural studies.

'We want them to feel safe'

By Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 01:07 PM

Comprehensive High School Regional Superintendent Michael Silverman responded to questions about the student boycott, but students say the District is downplaying the attacks.

Roughly a third of South Philly High's Asian students did not attend school yesterday, but met with community groups. The boycott and community organizing meetings are planned for the whole week.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.

Notes from the news, Dec. 8

By Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 10:58 AM

Try telling them crime is falling Metro Philadelphia
The assaults at South Philly High are front page news on the Metro. Other outlets covered the first day of the students' boycott. 

See also: Some black South Philly High students resent being lumped with attackers Daily News
Asian students vow to continue school boycott The Inquirer
Attacked Asian Students: We Are Afraid NBC 10
Asian students protest violence at South Philly High 6 ABC
Asian students boycott Phila. school WHYY
Editorial: No room for racism The Inquirer

Charter-law overhaul introduced in Pa. Senate The Inquirer
Lawmakers cited The Inquirer's reporting on fiscal abuses at some charter schools as one reason for the proposed law changes.

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