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Mastery to take over Hardy Williams Charter

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 11, 2011 01:38 AM

Starting next school year, the Hardy Williams Academy Charter School (HWACS) in West Philadelphia will become part of the Mastery Charter School network.

PFT: District action against Hope Moffett is all about intimidation

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 11, 2011 12:18 AM

The fast-tracked firing of Philadelphia high school teacher Hope Moffett has been put on hold after the teachers’ union went to federal court Thursday claiming that she is being targeted for speaking out against a plan to convert her school to a charter.

King SAC deliberating on management

By the Notebook on Mar 10, 2011 09:29 PM

By Bill Hangley, Jr.

This week, all six schools in the Philadelphia School District’s so-called “Renaissance Match” program must make tough decisions about their future. But the choice faced by Martin Luther King High is unique: The known, or the unknown?

The known in this case is Foundations Inc, a nonprofit based in New Jersey that’s helped manage programs at King since 2003. The unknown is Mosaica Education, an international for-profit company based in Atlanta that has run schools from the Midwest to the Middle East, but never in Philadelphia.

By the end of the week, King’s School Advisory Council (SAC) must vote to recommend one of the two to run King next year. The recommendation won’t be binding, but Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has promised to factor all SACs’ preferences into her own deliberations before she delivers her recommendations to the School Reform Commission on March 16.

This story continues on the NewsWorks website; it is a product of a reporting collaboration between the Notebook and WHYY.

Proceedings against Moffett delayed after PFT goes to federal court

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 10, 2011 02:56 PM

Update: Proceedings that could lead to Hope Moffett's dismissal are delayed until a hearing on the PFT's request for a permanent injunction.

The District issued a statement saying:

Addressing the District deficit

By Guest blogger on Mar 10, 2011 02:01 PM

This guest blog comes from from James H. Lytle, professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (GSE) and former School District administrator.

The School District of Philadelphia has acknowledged a potential shortfall in its  2011-12 fiscal year budget approaching $500 million. The looming question is how the District intends to deal with this challenge. My impression, based on discussions with various informed and semi-informed individuals, is that there is no adequate plan at this point.

Notes from the news, Mar. 10

By Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 11:06 AM

notes from the news imagePhilly bears brunt of school cuts The Notebook blog
The District is now estimating the total budget gap to be $465 million.

See also: Phila. schools: layoffs coming The Inquirer
Philadelphia School District announces central staff job cuts WHYY/NewsWorks
PSD: Corbett Budget Would Cost $292M Fox 29
Facing huge budget shortfall, district to cut 240 administration jobs The Inquirer
District exploring all options to cover budget gap Daily News
Budget Cuts Mean More Unpaid Furlough Days At Philadelphia School District CBS 3
District staff to take more unpaid days in light of budget woes The Hall Monitor blog
Actually, Governor’s Budget Supports Charters Philly School Search

Opinion: Three big lies in Corbett's budget address  It's Our Money

Hope Moffett, others challenge school's stats at district meeting Daily News
The speakers challenged the stats about Audenried High and the continuation of plans to turn it over to Universal Companies as a charter.

See also: Superintendent, Audenried student square off at SRC The Notebook blog
DISTRICT DRAMA: Moffett Causes Tension At School Reform Meeting PhillyNow blog
Notes from the Field-Public Skepticism Over Use Of Audenried Student Performance Data City School Stories
Hope Moffett takes on the School District of Philadelphia South Philly Review

Olney students protest charter plans The Inquirer
Teachers, students, and community members at both Olney East and West protested the Renaissance Schools plans for turnaround of the schools.

Online teaching tool: Dialogue on stopping bullying in schools The Notebook blog
South Philly High student Duong Nghe Ly will be at the White House today for a dialogue about bullying. The event will be streamed online.

SRC to vote on Renaissance charter matches March 16 The Notebook blog
The SRC will vote on which providers will turnaround the eight Renaissance "Match" schools next week.

Dr. Ackerman Does the Michael Baisden Show A Broad View blog
Ackerman spoke about teachers and parents.

How Importent is Edukation? Metropolis

At Your Service: Volunteers Give Back A Broad View blog

Impact of Cuts? Keystone State Education Coalition

EPA Recognizes Philadelphia School District with a National Great Start Award EPA News Releases

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Superintendent, Audenried student square off at SRC

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 10, 2011 12:25 AM

Despite strong opposition from some students and staff at Audenried High School, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman is resolute in her conviction that the District should move ahead with its plans to convert the school to a charter.

SRC to vote on Renaissance charter matches March 16

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 9, 2011 05:03 PM

The School District is moving apace with its plans to match eight new Renaissance schools with outside managers, despite concerns about the clarity, transparency, and speed of the process.

Philly bears brunt of school cuts

By Paul Socolar on Mar 9, 2011 03:46 PM

School District officials said Wednesday that more than one-fourth of the education cuts in Gov. Corbett's proposed state budget are falling upon Philadelphia, even though it serves only about one-tenth of the state's students.

Online teaching tool: Dialogue on stopping bullying in schools

By Helen Gym on Mar 9, 2011 03:07 PM

South Philadelphia High School student Duong Nghe Ly was once targeted at his school because of his race. Tomorrow, because of his tremendous work in addressing racial harassment at his school, Ly will be at the White House with the President, First Lady, Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, and Sec. of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for a conference on bullying in schools.

The event is streaming live online:

Notes from the news, Mar. 9

By Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 11:05 AM

notes from the news imageCorbett budget proposal slashes education funding, with program cuts and teacher layoffs likely The Inquirer
The budget would cut $500 million in basic education subsidy funding and halve the state funding for state-related higher education institutions like Lincoln and Temple.

See also: Corbett budget slashes education spending The Notebook blog
Masch: Corbett budget worsens revenue shortfall The Notebook blog
Budget Analysis: Governor’s Proposed 2011-12 Budget The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
Inquirer Editorial: Serving up the pain The Inquirer
Corbett Deeply Cuts Education Funding Fox 29
Education groups none too happy with guv's budget The Hall Monitor blog
Temple U. Head Urges Public Response To Corbett’s Education Budget Cuts CBS 3
Nutter Worried About Corbett Cuts To Philadelphia ‘Eds and Meds’ CBS 3
Corbett: Teachers Must Pass On Raises Fox 29
State budget round up from Philadelphia Daily News It's Our Money
Education Subsidy Cuts by District/State Budget Coverage Keystone State Education Coalition

District officials say Audenried High overhaul was based on years of poor performance The Inquirer
Audenried High was reopened in 2008 and its first class of students is now in 11th grade. The District says its fair to consider historical data on the school and that data from the past three years has been "absolutely unacceptable."

See also: Show of support for teacher who spoke her mind 6 ABC
District documents: Moffett facing termination based on media reports The Notebook blog
District: We have more info on Moffett The Notebook blog
Audenried 'struggling,' school-district data show Daily News
Larry Platt: From the Editor: Giving a bleep about the audacity of Hope Daily News (opinion)

Help is here for those daunting college financial forms The Inquirer (opinion)
Local businesses and organizations have partnered to bring Financial Aid U. to Philly.

Arthur Elementary students experience total learning Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key includes a profile of Arthur, description of arts and culture programs at two schools, and more.

See also: Southwark Elementary holds multicultural event Philadelphia Tribune
Philly Pops bring music, history to Hardin Middle
Philadelphia Tribune
Gateway Summer Engineering Academy seeks applicants Philadelphia Tribune

Ex-Teacher Pleads To Laptop Thefts Fox 29
The former Ethan Allen Elementary teacher pled guilty to stealing 45 laptops.

See also: Former Philadelphia Teacher Pleads Guilty To Stealing Laptops CBS 3
Teacher pleads guilty to stealing 45 school laptops The Inquirer

In case you missed it: Layoffs, seniority The Notebook blog

Judging Day At Science Fair For Philadelphia Middle And High Schoolers CBS 3

The prez, a boxer and a federal bill take a stand against bullying The Hall Monitor blog

International Women's Day: 100 Years of Progress A Broad View blog

Planning for the Future: SRC Meeting Today A Broad View blog

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Corbett's budget, a perfect storm for Philly, schools

By Ron Whitehorne on Mar 9, 2011 10:28 AM

 Now that the Governor has announced his budget the full extent of its impact on Philadelphia’s beleaguered public schools is becoming clear.

District: We have more info on Moffett

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 8, 2011 09:48 PM

School District officials say they have additional information supporting their recommendation that exiled Audenried High English teacher Hope Moffett be fired, but because that information has come from sources who wish to remain anonymous, they have not yet shared it with her or her union representatives.

Masch: Corbett budget worsens revenue shortfall

By Paul Socolar on Mar 8, 2011 08:57 PM

The School District was already expecting to lose $309 million in federal stimulus funds for next year. But Gov. Corbett's just-released budget plan will in total cost the District more than $400 million in lost revenue, according to Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch.

Corbett budget slashes education spending

By Dale Mezzacappa on Mar 8, 2011 05:06 PM

Gov. Corbett's budget proposal for 2011-12 presents very nearly a worse-case scenario to many education advocates.

An overview of the proposal describes plans to slash the state contribution for both K-12 and higher education and eliminate several Rendell-administration initiatives beyond the basic education subsidy, including accountability block grants and tutoring aid.

It also eliminates reimbursements to districts for charter school expenses. 

Key points:

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