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Notes from the news, Feb. 18

By Anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 08:02 AM

Violence is key topic at school-reform-panel meeting Daily News
Superintendent Ackerman said violence is like a "public health threat" and that she is interested in talking more with students who organized an anti-violence campaign.

See also: Student Union, Ackerman discuss violence The Notebook blog
New Campaign Launch to SRC PSU blog
"I am talking about student-created solutions to violence in our schools" Philly Education Justice blog

First lady brings antiobesity campaign to Phila. The Inquirer
Mrs. Obama and the Treasury and Agriculture secretaries will visit Fairhill School tomorrow to discuss her campaign.

Renaissance community meetings rescheduled The Notebook blog
Meetings at West Philly High and Harrity tonight.

Jackson to Give City Schools Talk The Inquirer
Rev. Jesse Jackson will have a public conversation with Ackerman.

Man shot outside Washington High School The Inquirer
The teen was shot while a fashion show was going on at the school. He was in stable condition.

See also: Teen Shot Outside Philadelphia High School NBC Philadelphia
Teen Shot Outside Philly High School Fox 29

Tony Danza argues the merits of debate team Philly.com

Philly Schools To Ask For Waiver Over Snow Days AP via KDKA

"P" is for Parents and Powerful A Good Day Teaching blog

Turning Words Into Action: How are you applying #edchat ideas? Philly Teacher blog

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Student Union, Ackerman discuss violence

By Paul Socolar on Feb 17, 2010 09:55 PM

Members of Philadelphia Student Union came to the School Reform Commission on Wednesday to announce a new student-led campaign against youth violence and encountered a receptive group of commissioners and a superintendent who had already been talking about the "urgency" of the issue.

Renaissance community meetings rescheduled

By the Notebook on Feb 17, 2010 03:17 PM

Meetings will be held Wednesday night at Mann and Stetson Schools at 6 p.m. and Thursday night at Harrity and West Philadelphia High School at 6 p.m., according to Benjamin Rayer, who is overseeing the Renaissance effort.

The meetings were postponed from last week due to the snow.

Dropout reduction work discussed on Fox 29

By Anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 02:36 PM

Mayor Nutter set the goal of halving the dropout rate within five to seven years. According to Fox 29, the mayor sees small progress on that goal, but thinks there is room for improvement.

Notes from the news, Feb. 17

By Anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 09:32 AM

Poll: Early-childhood education has wide support in Pa. Daily News
81 percent of Pennsylvanian's support early childhood education and 71 percent would pay for it with state funds.

City's High Dropout Rate Costs Everyone Fox 29
Mayor Nutter reported progress on cutting the dropout rate.

A Quick Fix for America's Worst Schools TIME
A look at Mastery Schools turnaround efforts in Philly.

News flash: Students have brains The Notebook blog
A guest blog from Shania Morris, an 8th grader and PSU member.

Not another snow day The Notebook blog
Tacking missed days onto the end of the school year doesn't help with PSSA preparation now.

See also: Students and parents make snowy trek back to school The Inquirer

A Case for Teaching Science Philly Teacher blog

Tackling Childhood Obesity Radio Times

Danieal Kelly's death no surprise, jury is told The Inquirer

Editorial: Borrowed time The Inquirer

C.U. superintendent one step closer to Milwaukee Delco Times

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News flash: Students have brains

By Guest blogger on Feb 16, 2010 02:47 PM

This week's guest blog post comes from Shania Morris, who is an 8th grader at Huey Elementary and member of Philadelphia Student Union.


Last year I was a 7th grader. I felt annoyed, disappointed, cheated, and confused about what my education was really supposed to be. Then my brother came home and told me about the Philadelphia Student Union. What he said was "We believe in equality and want qualified teachers and enough resources in our schools" and that related so much to how I felt, so I decided to come into the organization and start working with a lot of students who felt the same way I did.  

Not another snow day

By Samuel Reed III on Feb 16, 2010 10:39 AM

I don’t want another snow day!

For the past week or so, coverage of the record-breaking winter has served as major headlines in electronic and print press. Clifford J. Levy's article in The New York Times, “Washington Shivers, Moscow Laughs” intimated that Russians scoffed at Americans' reaction to the East Coast blizzard. The Weather Channel has provided around-the-clock forecasting for the obsessed weather watchers.

Notes from the news, Feb. 16

By Anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 10:07 AM

Phila. schools ready for first full day in a week The Inquirer
Schools are "at 100%" according to District Chief of Operations John Frangipani.

School reform's alphabet The Inquirer (opinion)
Chalk and Talk blogger and teacher Chris Paslay wrote that A is for accountability and accomodations.

University of Pennsylvania President Supports the DREAM Act and Immigrant Youth Young Philly Politics
The DREAM Act is a "pathway to citizenship" for kids who were not born in the U.S., but were brought up here and then have difficulty paying for college due to their undocumented status.

Art Sanctuary Hosts Haiku Writing Contest For Teens KYW
The contest relates to African American history and is for high school students.

North Philadelphia: The Village Teaches Digital Media Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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Notes from the news, Feb. 15

By Anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 09:59 AM

Closing the learning gap The Inquirer (opinion)
A reflection on how to close the economic learning gap.

See also: In hard times, Americans blame the poor The Inquirer

Changes in store for high school choice? The Notebook blog
The release of an RFA report shed light on the lack of real choice in the current system, but how to change that?

See also: Confessions of a Conflicted Public School Advocate Philly School Search blog

What Does Communication Mean in 2010? Philly Teacher blog
EduTweeters, EduCon, Classroom 2.0 communication is changing. Are we at the "tipping point"?

Nonprofit helps dropouts get back on track AP via Philly.com

Ask Dr. H: Young athletes and sudden cardiac death Inquirer magazine

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Changes in store for high school choice?

By Dale Mezzacappa on Feb 12, 2010 05:12 PM

Over the snowy weekend, I was visiting with neighbors, two people who put a passion for social justice high on their personal and professional agendas.

But when the conversation turned to recent news articles that raised questions about the equity of the high school admissions policies in Philadelphia,  their first reaction was concern.

Mapping the Renaissance Schools

By Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 10:23 AM

All Renaissance Eligible and Alert Schools are mapped out below. Red markers are Eligible and blue ones are Alert.

Each school name links to the profile for that school with a fact sheet of school data, some of it relevant to the School Performance Index that was used to determine which schools are on these lists.

The schools are geographically concentrated in a swath running across West Philadelphia, through North Philly and into Kensington. Large portions of the Northeast, Northwest Philly, and South Philadelphia have no targeted schools

Notes from the news, Feb. 12

By Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 10:12 AM

Something that can be said for districts The Notebook blog
Len Rieser called for caution in turning over District schools to outside managers with the Renaissance Schools plan.

See also: A New Model for School Reform: Could it Work? Philly Teacher blog
Teacher Action Group, A good start… Philly Teacher Talks blog

Stu Bykofsky: 10 women Daily News
Heidi Ramirez makes the list of women Bkyofsky loves because she "put the kids above ego."

Mapping the Renaissance Schools The Notebook blog
All the Renaissance Eligible and Alert Schools mapped out, which shows how big sections of the city have no schools on the list.

Schools are still shut but city 'reopens' Daily News

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Something that can be said for districts

By Len Rieser on Feb 11, 2010 12:09 PM

To the blizzard (oh, just a word that came to mind) of questions being asked on these pages about the Renaissance School plan, I’d like to add a legal worry. It has to do with the enthusiasm for spinning schools off to become charters or “contract” schools, operated by private managers. 

One can say lots of justifiably critical things about school districts, and about this one in particular. But to those who believe the response to failures by this (or any) school district should be to remove schools from its control, I suggest some caution.

Snow day on Feb. 10+11, and Friday too

By the Notebook on Feb 11, 2010 11:44 AM

UPDATE: Schools and administrative and regional offices will be closed Friday, Febraury 12 as well.

Notes from the news, Feb. 11

By Anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 10:14 AM

Editorial: Rendell's last round The Inquirer
Education is the "centerpiece" of Rendell's final budget, but his "generous" increase in spending "should be offset with cuts elsewhere."

What would make 'Innovation' a real option The Notebook blog
Ron Whitehorne suggested adjustments to the Innovation model that would better allow teacher and principal teams to turn around schools.

A Student Speaks Out Philly Education Justice blog
A PSU member from University City HS reflected on its status as an Empowerment, and now Renaissance Eligible school.

Ronnie Polaneczky: This weather got you down? It's all good, & that's snow lie Daily News
School's closed again so the "kids at South Philly High aren't getting bullied" today.

What you have to say about Ren. Schools The Notebook blog

More Scripts A Good Day Teaching blog

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