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Second round of community planning meetings ahead

By the Notebook on Dec 10, 2010 02:15 PM

by Patrick Gailey

Community planning meetings in late November and early December aimed at gathering input regarding the District’s Facilities Master Plan drew packed houses. Groups of well over a hundred, many of them drawn by reports of the likelihood of school closings, gathered in overcrowded spaces to discuss the future of Philadelphia’s schools during the three meetings covered by the Notebook.

Notes from the news, Dec. 10

By Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 11:06 AM

notes from the news imageDN Editorial: School contract flap: How fair? Daily News
Maybe Ackerman was following protocol--the protocol of a city and state where people in charge make sure their friends are taken care of.

See also: Legislative Black Caucus Stands behind Ackerman Philadelphia Tribune
More praise NewsWorks

District restructures debt amid concerns about future The Notebook blog
Ten percent of the District's budget goes towards service on $3 billion in debt.

School district getting an F in accounting for special-ed Daily News
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said there are questions about documentation for $50 million in transportation for special ed students.

DREAM Act alive! Don't believe NPR hype! The Notebook blog
The DREAM Act passed the House, but got held up in the Senate. Some still see hope for a vote next week.

Recovery high school proposed in Roxborough NewsWorks
The school would be for students recovering from addiction.

ACTION United: Where's the money... and the teachers? The Notebook blog

When You Fail, I Fail Philly Teacher blog

What We Should Remember Practical Theory blog

Update: 10-Day Suspensions for Roxborough Students Accused of Bullying Roxborough-Manayunk Patch

Hunting Park: Students Take on the Arts at the ‘Korner’ Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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ACTION United: Where's the money... and the teachers?

By Gustavo Martínez on Dec 9, 2010 08:54 PM

About a 100 people gathered Tuesday night to discuss the findings of an ACTION United report that found that "the highest poverty schools have the least experienced teachers."

DREAM Act alive! Don't believe NPR hype!

By Gustavo Martínez on Dec 9, 2010 04:10 PM

It’s been a couple of nail-biting days for the DREAM Act. Just after a prolonged session yesterday in the House of Representatives, the bill survived, passed, and was sent to the Senate where it remains right now despite several media reports that earlier indicated the DREAM Act was “likely dead.”

District restructures debt amid concerns about future

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 9, 2010 02:50 PM

A few hours before the marathon afternoon meeting on Wednesday dominated by passionate discussion of minority contracting, the School Reform Commission held a short, businesslike session to approve a resolution restructuring its debt. And while everything was presented as routine, pro-forma, and in the District's best interest, it drew attention to some jaw-dropping information that is hardly secret but is not often discussed. 

Notes from the news, Dec. 9

By Anonymous on Dec 9, 2010 11:10 AM

notes from the news imageAt SRC meeting, praise for Ackerman, scorn for Inquirer The Inquirer
More than 400 people attended yesterday's meeting and several prominent speakers detailed their support for Ackerman.

See also: Outpouring of support for Supt. Ackerman The Notebook blog
Supporters applaud Ackerman, rip media Daily News
School spirit NewsWorks
Speakers Show Support For Ackerman Fox 29
Outpouring of Support for Arlene Ackerman The Philly Post
Philly School Head Takes Flack for Boosting Minority Business Philly.com via The Atlanta Post

DREAM Act passes House The Notebook blog
The DREAM Act moves to the Senate this morning.

Roxborough High bullying update NewsWorks
The District confirmed that two students were bullied Monday. The school had an assembly to discuss bullying.

Philly rappers take a stand against school violence CNN
Rapper Freeway got involved with nonviolent campaigns after hearing about what happened at South Philly High. He will perform there today with Young Chris.

See also: Southern leaves unfortunate past behind South Philly Review

Letters: Ackerman's promotion of diversity is admirable The Inquirer

Notes from the field: Who Makes the Instructional Decisions For Empowerment Schools? City School Stories

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DREAM Act passes House

By the Notebook on Dec 8, 2010 10:31 PM

The DREAM Act just passed the House and is moving onto the Senate. The Senate is scheduled to vote on it Thursday at 11 a.m. A Senate vote has been delayed.

You can see updates from Twitter posts tagged #DREAMAct.

Outpouring of support for Supt. Ackerman

By Paul Socolar on Dec 8, 2010 04:05 PM

(UPDATED, 8:50 PM) An overflow crowd filled the School District auditorium today, as hundreds of supporters of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's stance on minority contracting turned out for what was to be a five-hour School Reform Commission's meeting. The superintendent received a standing ovation and loud cheers from many in the crowd as she entered the room at 2:40 p.m. and praise from the overwhelming majority of the 40-plus speakers who delivered public testimony.

Notes from the news, Dec. 8

By Anonymous on Dec 8, 2010 11:09 AM

notes from the news imageSRC ratification resolutions: Still no letup The Notebook blog
Many of the contracts the SRC approves are still for work that has already started or been approved.

Ackerman ready to set record straight Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key looks at Ackerman's response about the IBS contract, profiles Meade Elementary, and profiles a new program at Taggart Elementary.

See also: Meade makes high expectations for students Philadelphia Tribune
New learning lab teaches adults English language
Philadelphia Tribune
Concert teaches kids to take care of hearing
Philadelphia Tribune
School district opens Parent and Family Resource Centers Philadelphia Tribune

Group: District to be a no-show at education meeting tonight Hall Monitor blog
ACTION United invited the District to a meeting about its recent report on teacher quality.

See also: ACTION United quiere solucionar desigualdad en escuelas Al Día

¿Incompetencia cultural? Al Día
Tom Ferrick weighs in about Ackerman and cultural competency.

See also: Cultural Incompetence? Metropolis

Does a School Need a CEO? Philly School Search blog
Many charter schools have their own CEOs.

3 Roxborough students suspended in attack The Inquirer
A freshman at Roxborough High was bullied this week.

See also: Bullying stoops to a new low Philadelphia Bullying Examiner
Roxborough Students Downplay Alleged Bullying Incident
Roxborough-Manayunk Patch

High school students benefit from dual enrollment program at St. Joe's The Hawk

Mike Vick Speaks at North Philly School NBC Philadelphia

Press Release: The School District of Philadelphia Teams Up with Shmoop to Provide Online Test Prep eSchoolNews

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SRC ratification resolutions: Still no letup

By Paul Socolar on Dec 8, 2010 12:23 AM

Despite some questions about the practice raised by commissioners this fall, a significant percentage of the measures approved by the School Reform Commission each month continue to be in the form of "ratification resolutions" - items brought up for a vote after the contract or work to be approved has already started.

Touring Young Scholars Frederick Douglass

By Peak Johnson on Dec 7, 2010 03:14 PM

Recently I was invited for a tour of Young Scholars Frederick Douglass, one of the District’s Renaissance Schools. Julia Pearlman, development and administration coordinator for Scholar Academies, contacted me after reading my post where I recalled my time at Douglass.

I was excited on the morning of the tour; this would be my first time entering the school since being promoted to the 6th grade 10 years ago.

Notes from the news, Dec. 7

By Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 10:43 AM

notes from the news imageDocumentary Film Waiting for Superman Adds Fuel to Charter School Movement Fire Philly Education Justice blog
Media Mobilizing Project member Jonathan C. David reflects on "Waiting for 'Superman'", and Philly School Search links to video from the recent screening and panel discussion with Mayor Nutter, Superintendent Ackerman, and others.

See also: Nutter, Ackerman Wait for Superman [Video] Philly School Search blog

Notes from the field: EMPOWERMENT SCHOOL TEACHERS, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR City School Stories
Frank Murphy explains what "mid course corrections" entail in curriculum programs at Empowerment Schools and Promise Academies.

Obama's blueprint: A magical pitch The Notebook blog
Sam Reed participated in a panel discussion about Obama's blueprint for changes to NCLB with a Department of Education communications officer.

Education groups to merge in fight for education Hall Monitor blog
Philadelphia Futures and White-Williams Scholars announced their merger on Monday.

See also: Two Education Nonprofits Merge To Help Better Service Students Classes2Careers

Thank you.... Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher is nominated for an edublog award, vote now!

Student's clothes ripped off in Roxborough bullying case 6ABC

Agora Cyber Charter School Opens Philadelphia Learning Center PRNewswire

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Obama's blueprint: A magical pitch

By Samuel Reed III on Dec 6, 2010 04:57 PM

During the National Writing Project Annual Meeting and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Conference held in Orlando Florida (Nov. 18- 21), I received a barrage of corporate pitches from Mickey Mouse and his gang. At the closing of the conference I participated in a panel with the Department of Education's chief pitchman, Peter Cunningham.

On a panel with several educators we discussed President Obama's blueprint for changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization.

Notes from the news, Dec. 6

By Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 11:10 AM

notes from the news imageVigil at S. Philly High marks anniversary of attacks Daily News
Nearly 100 people attended the rally. Student leader Wei Chen led a chant, "We are youth. We are leaders. We are organizers."

See also: Video from rally at South Philly High The Notebook blog
Calm year since attacks on Asians The Inquirer
South Philadelphia High School Students Rally To Stop School Violence PhillyNow

New report by ACTION United calls for more experienced teachers The Notebook blog
The report found that the proportion of teachers with less than three years experience has increased districtwide.

See also: Study: Poor, minorities get novice teachers Philadelphia Tribune

Education nonprofits White-Williams and Philadelphia Futures merge The Inquirer
Philadelphia Futures Executive Director Joan Mazzotti calls the move "a bold step."

Ringside: Don't trust public officials? Why not? The Inquirer (opinion)
Ackerman's handling of violence at South Philly High is cited as one of the possible reasons.

Annette John-Hall: Why is the district trying to thwart a successful charter school? The Inquirer
More press for the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Charter School, which is trading lawsuits with the District.

Philadelphia teacher's methods make math add up The Inquirer
Profile of School of the Future teacher Thomas Gaffey.

Quality schools for all must be a top priority The Inquirer (opinion)

Pa. DOE probes school district Philadelphia Tribune

Ackerman denies wrong doing Philadelphia Tribune

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Video from rally at South Philly High

By the Notebook on Dec 4, 2010 05:46 PM

This video is from the Dec. 3, 2010 youth rally to commemorate the violence a year ago and show that "We have the power to make change." 

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