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Overhaul or cosmetic makeover?

By Benjamin Herold on Jul 16, 2010 04:36 PM

With $3 million in privately donated funds at its disposal, Mastery Charter hoped to dramatically upgrade the facilities in each of its three Renaissance Schools before the start of the new school year.

In case you missed it: Dissension within groups and...Megan Fox?

By Jamie Raver on Jul 16, 2010 02:10 PM

The Democrats' education debacle Politico
Dissension continues to mount between Democrats over the proposed budget cuts to Obama's Race to the Top fund.  

See also: Campaign 2010: Reformy Types Just Don't Get It This Week In Education

New Evaluation Laws Split Teachers Even More NPR
Many states are implementing new policies that determine teacher pay based on student performance. Will the policies establish healthy competition and higher test scores, or is it another step in the downward spiral of education?

See also: Gates Foundation playing pivotal role in changes for education system Washington Post

Notes from the news, July 16

By Anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 09:46 AM

Editorial: New chapter, same book The Inquirer
The Inquirer affirms Superintendent Ackerman's assertion that the District's "efforts to boost student achievement are paying off." The District has decided to reveal the criteria used to evaluate Ackerman for her $65,000 bonus, and that transparency should improve public perception.

Corbett calls for taxpayer-funded vouchers The Notebook blog
Republican nominee for governor Tom Corbett brings vouchers back into the political conversation.

Teachers, not robots, create safe schools The Notebook blog
Former principal Frank Murphy describes how teachers with autonomy and the right supports can create safe, successful schools.

Constructing Modern Knowledge Reflections Practical Theory blog
SLA principal Chris Lehmann has been spending time with some of his educational heroes like Deborah Meier.

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Corbett calls for taxpayer-funded vouchers

By Rajiv Venkataramanan on Jul 15, 2010 03:50 PM

In an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press, Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett declared that one of his priorities as governor would be to make public money available for private and parochial school vouchers.

Teachers, not robots, create safe schools

By Frank Murphy on Jul 15, 2010 01:19 PM

During my career as an elementary school principal, I have met with many parents. By far the most frequent topic of discussion during these meetings has been the parents' concern for the safety of their children during the course of the school day. I have always made it a point to quickly address the concerns of these parents. I understand that it is their right to expect that their children will be well taken care of when they are entrusted to our care.

Notes from the news, July 15

By Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 10:01 AM

What do parents want from schools? Daily News (opinion)
Response to the Pew study on school options claims the study shows, "Parents don't like district public schools."

State tells child services provider to compensate families YoungPhillyPolitics
The state department of education investigated a complaint about Elwyn, Inc., by the Education Law Center and Disability Rights Network and warned that delays in compensating families for special education services are not acceptable.

Notebook blogger and students win "Let Freedom Ring" competition The Notebook blog
Teacher blogger Samuel Reed and his students from Beeber won the "Best Concept" award for their Liberty Bell design. Congrats to Samuel and his students!

Daily Digression: Reconstruction Reconsidered Office of Teaching and Unlearning
Philly teacher Mr. Smith alerted us to his blog, where he's writing about his experiences at a summer institute focused on African American political history.

Cursos de español para niños Al Día

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Notebook blogger and students win 'Let Freedom Ring' competition

By Jamie Raver on Jul 14, 2010 02:22 PM

Led by teacher and Notebook blogger Samuel Reed, 6th graders at Beeber Middle School fused civic studies and artistic expression in the "Let Freedom Ring" program sponsored by the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP) and National Liberty Museum. Reed's class worked together to design and create their own interpretation of the Liberty Bell, which was voted the "Best Concept" Liberty Bell.  

Notes from the news, July 14

By Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 09:42 AM

Fattah and Ackerman Launch Urban Nutrition Internships BigNews.biz
The $1 million program will operate with Penn's Urban Nutrition Initiative at four high schools in West Philly, University City, West Philly, Sayre, and School of the Future.

Fired Philly teacher calls on Ackerman to testify in civil rights suit The Notebook blog
The teacher claims he was fired for pointing out issues with Kensington CAPA's ESOL program.

Karen Heller: Poor economy uncovers a high level of idealism The Inquirer
Cheery view of TFA and the "surprises and gifts" a rough economy can provide to motivated do-gooders.

EDITORIAL: Congress to fatten the school lunch program Washington Times
Grumpy view of the federal school lunch program, which is deemed pork. Philadelphia is mentioned for serving more meals than students.

Independence Charter Announces Second Chance Lottery Philly School Search blog
The lottery is for its Spanish immersion program grades 3-8 and only students who know Spanish are eligible.

Why a PA guy is fulfilling his teaching dream in MN Twin Cities Daily Planet
Compare and contrast feedback from friends and family in Philly versus Minnesota, and the political climate that influences the feedback.

Vandals hit a children's greenhouse 6ABC

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Fired Philly teacher calls on Ackerman to testify in civil rights suit

By Brad Gibson on Jul 13, 2010 02:23 PM

It’s not every day that the superintendent of the School District testifies in federal court, but that is where Arlene Ackerman was last Friday. She was there for a hearing regarding the firing of Kensington CAPA High School teacher Radha Singh, a 10-year veteran with the District.

Notes from the news, July 13

By Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 09:57 AM

ntcamp 2010 Philly Teacher blog
On July 24 ntcamp will be held at Boys' Latin Chater School. It's a free unconference geared towards new teachers.

See also: ntcamp 2010 PLN Panel Philly Teacher blog

High-schooler without a home Daily News
Turning 18 complicated life for a Bodine student who had been living in foster care.

See also: DHS says housing, other assistance available for foster kids until age 21 Daily News

Student activists, allies head to DC July 19 The Notebook blog
Members of PSU and YUC and adult allies will bus it down to D.C. to lobby make sure that Congress "address the school-to-prison pipeline" in the NCLB reauthorization.

Building A Youth Movement Leadership Institute 2010 Philly Education Justice blog
PSU will hold its annual leadership training August 9-13.

Run Away! Run Away! Metropolis
Why does the new state budget make Tom Ferrick Jr. think of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail?"

Science summer camp WHYY

School Choice Based on Parental “Qualities”? Philly School Search blog

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Student activists, allies head to DC July 19

By Guest blogger on Jul 12, 2010 02:59 PM

This week's guest blog comes from Anand Jahi of Youth United for Change.


At 8:00 a.m., on Monday, July 19, three buses carrying 150 students, parents, and community members will set out from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. 

We won’t be alone. 

Community members and organizers from across the country will converge in D.C. as part of the Alliance for Educational Justice’s national day of action. 

Notes from the news, July 12

By Anonymous on Jul 12, 2010 10:00 AM

Philadelphia: After decades of effort, a decade of progress Hechinger Report
The Washington Monthly focused an edition on the dropout crisis, and this piece by Dale Mezzacappa tells Philly's story. 

In a district not far away… WHYY (opinion)
An audio essay on the positive work of adults in the Philly schools.

Schools can't avoid tax hikes The Inquirer
Many Philadelphia-area districts will need to raise taxes to make up for budget shortfalls.

A candid conversation with Gregory Thornton Journal Sentinel
Thornton was just sworn in as Milwaukee's new superintendent.

The Power of Words Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher challenges readers to stop themselves and try to phrase statements in a positive way.

In case you missed it: Funding, study time, internships, dropout rate The Notebook blog
Weekly roundup of national stories finds more reporting and blogging on the fight between Congress and the White House over RttT funding.

Painting Parents With a Broad (Offensive) Brush A Very Public Education blog

Brainstorm: Reading A Year in the Life of a Teacher blog

Penn State board approves tuition increase The Inquirer

Small Nonprofit Philadelphia Business Journal

Are libraries unnecessary? The Inquirer

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In case you missed it: Funding, study time, internships, dropout rates

By Jamie Raver on Jul 9, 2010 02:03 PM

Obama's education program faces $500M cut despite veto threat The Washington Post
House Democrats passed the bill to cut funding to Obama's "Race to the Top" program last Thursday. Despite a veto threat from the White House, the representatives believe the bill will preserve education jobs in areas where budgets are floundering.

Notes from the news, July 9

By Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 10:21 AM

Ackerman, Nutter tout District gains The Notebook blog
Mayor Nutter and Superintendent Ackerman told an audience of 70 local leaders about the strides the District is making in test scores and the positive impact of Imagine 2014.

See also: Ackerman, Nutter fault media reports on school progress The Inquirer
Numbers look good in Philly schools report on student achievement WHYY

Chicago election signals new direction for teacher unionism The Notebook blog
Philly's union could learn some lessons from CORE, the new leadership of the Chicago Teachers' Union.

Another Reason to Push for Post-Secondary Education Biology and Blueberries
Interesting report on lifetime earnings sparks new thoughts about the importance of going to college.

SLAM; A Good Thing Philly Teacher Talks blog
This teacher likes the summer enrichment program and wants to know what you think.

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Ackerman, Nutter tout District gains

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 8, 2010 06:47 PM

Mayor Nutter and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman held a meeting with about 70 business, civic, and political leaders Thursday morning to tout gains on the state PSSA and brag that the District is moving in the right direction under her Imagine 2014 reforms -- but that this progress is not being recognized by the public or in the media.

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