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What gets cut, what gets spared

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 05:58 PM

[Updated, 10:50 p.m.] The District's just-released "Budget in brief," in a detailed section on expenditures, identifies a long list of areas where school budgets will be cut:

Universal plan for Audenried, Vare okayed

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 05:08 PM

After a lengthy, sometimes testy public discussion, the School Reform Commission approved an amended plan Wednesday to grant charters to Universal Companies to run Audenried High School and Vare Middle as "Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter Schools."

District: 3,800 positions may be eliminated

By Paul Socolar on Apr 27, 2011 01:55 PM

[Updated 11:30 p.m.] Cutting back to half-day kindergarten across the city, eliminating transportation services for most District students, and slashing school discretionary budgets by nearly one-third are just a few of the grim new District budget measures announced Wednesday.

District Chief Financial Officer Michael Masch outlined the 2011-12 District budget at an afternoon press briefing and again at a special budget hearing after Wednesday's regular meeting of the School Reform Commission. Faced with the unhappy task of closing a $629 million gap representing a full 20 percent of the system's budget, he repeatedly expressed his openness to any ideas for a better way to deal with the financial predicament.

Notes from the news, Apr. 27

By Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 09:11 AM

notes from the news imagePa. senator calls for state investigation of King charter award WHYY/NewsWorks
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the Department of Education should investigate the situation with King.

See also: Karen Heller: Maneuvering over King school deals out students The Inquirer
MLK High council to be heard in probe Daily News
Buzz Bissinger: I have a dream, and I hope it becomes a reality Daily News
Newsworks school investigation prompts mayoral action, but is it enough? WHYY/NewsWorks

SRC vote on Audenried, Vare to move forward despite Archie controversy The Notebook blog
Today the SRC is scheduled to vote on two other charter contracts with ties to Archie.

See also: April 27th: SRC Meeting A Broad View blog

Teachers, students bring their fears against budget cuts to NAACP-sponsored rally in Harrisburg The Inquirer
Buses left Philly early Tuesday morning to bring hundreds to Harrisburg for the rally.

See also: What a $629 million budget gap means to a seventh grader Philly School Files blog
Education Rally on Capitol steps The Patriot-News
Students Rally On State Capitol Steps Fox 29
Students, Parents Come Together to Protest Public Education Cuts Mt. Airy Patch
This is what democracy (and community) looks like. Practical Theory blog

Students excel with Robeson’s real-world training Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key looks at programs at three high schools.

See also: Strawberry Manson High holds health forum Philadelphia Tribune
CAPA kids make beautiful music — professionally
Philadelphia Tribune

4 Philly teachers to attend Yale program The Notebook blog
Four teachers were selected to attend a professional development workshop at Yale this summer.

District bans school police union head from central control room after comments on safety to Inquirer The Inquirer

GSE Teaching Award Almanac

BEN-FM A+ Education Fair Fox 29

The Biggest Bully in Schools The Workshop Blog

Three Cups of School Reform Tea The Workshop Blog

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SRC vote on Audenried, Vare to move forward despite Archie controversy

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 26, 2011 06:02 PM

The School Reform Commission plans to vote Wednesday on a South Philadelphia charter school deal that stands to benefit not one, but two nonprofits with ties to Chairman Robert Archie.

The scheduled vote comes amid controversy over Archie's behind-the-scenes conduct in a similar deal involving Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Germantown. There, Archie took part in pivotal private meetings about the future of the school despite having recused himself from public votes because of his law firm's prior representation of Foundations, Inc., one of the operators vying to manage the school.

4 Philly teachers to attend Yale program

By Samuel Reed III on Apr 26, 2011 01:07 PM

Four School District of Philadelphia educators have been selected to attend national seminars at Yale University this summer.

These teachers are fellows of the Teachers Institute of Philadelphia (TIP), a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia. The selected fellows will attend the annual national seminars presented by the Yale National Initiative.

The dual purposes of the national seminars are to provide public school teachers deeper knowledge of the subjects they teach and first-hand experience with the Teachers Institute's approach to high-quality professional development.   

The four fellows are:

Notes from the news, Apr. 26

By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 08:13 AM

notes from the news imageNutter: Budget, not King, is top priority The Notebook blog
Mayor Nutter announced he's ordering his integrity officer to investigate the controversy around the selection of a charter manager for King High.

See also: Phila. Mayor Nutter promises probe into King charter mess WHYY/NewsWorks
After 40 days, Nutter orders probe into why firm backed out of running MLK Daily News
Nutter orders an investigation of the King charter school flap The Inquirer
Mayor calls for MLK High inquiry
Philadelphia Tribune
DN Editorial: Better answers needed on charter-school flap
Daily News
Mayor Launches MLK High Investigation Fox 29
What happened at King? Philly School Stories blog
A scandal that can’t be ignored Daily News (opinion)
Elmer Smith: Hey, kids, want a real education? Attend the SRC meeting about MLK Daily News

NAACP set to protest education cuts Philadelphia Tribune
The NAACP is leading a group of students and other activists from Philly to Harrisburg today.

See also: School Cut Protestors Go To Harrisburg Fox 29
The human cost of education cuts: Josh's story The Notebook blog

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers endorses Nutter Philadelphia Tribune
PFT President Jerry Jordan said Nutter has the union's "overwhelming" support.

See also: City’s Largest Union Endorses M. Nutt PhillyNow

The Philadelphia Student Union Objects to Vouchers for the Following Reasons... PSU Blog
PSU released a statement about Senate Bill 1, concluding with "The way to achieve educational equity is to adequately fund our public schools!"

See also: It seems that Tony Payton supports vouchers Young Philly Politics

Notes from the Field- A "Broad" View City School Stories
A look at the Broad Foundation and its influence on Ackerman.

See also: Ackerman mentored next Chicago schools CEO The Notebook blog

Consolidating schools is a mistake The Inquirer (opinion)

Radically practical The Workshop Blog

How not to cheapen a diploma Making the Grade blog

A giant rabbit moves in over Spring Break: The Lea School’s burgeoning Visual Arts Program West Philly Local

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Nutter: Budget, not King, is top priority

By the Notebook on Apr 25, 2011 07:18 PM

By Bill Hangley, Jr.

Mayor Nutter announced today that a member of his staff will conduct a “series of fact-finding interviews” into the events surrounding the ill-fated charter for Martin Luther King,Jr. High School.

And while Nutter acknowledged that the King saga still includes many “outstanding, unanswered questions,” he also said he didn’t want King’s issues to overshadow what he called the District’s most pressing problem: its projected $629 million deficit, and the ongoing budget discussions in Harrisburg. 

Ackerman mentored next Chicago schools CEO

By Celeste Lavin on Apr 25, 2011 03:05 PM

Chicago's mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel tapped former Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard to be the next CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

While Emanuel, the former mayor of Rochester, and others have expressed their support for Brizard, Rochester community groups have been sending their “condolences” to the Chicago public school community, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Nutter orders 'fact-finding' in King case

By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 12:58 PM

Mayor Nutter announced at a press conference today that he has ordered Chief Integrity Officer Joan Markman to investigate the controversy around selecting a charter provider for King High.

Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks reporter Bill Hangley, Jr. was at the press conference and will have a full report later this afternoon. Here's the full report.

The human cost of education cuts: Josh's story

By Guest blogger on Apr 25, 2011 09:57 AM

This guest blog post is from Joshua Glenn, Sarah Morris, and Hannah Zellman of Education Not Incarceration-Delaware Valley.

By the time he reached 10th grade, Joshua Glenn already knew that Philadelphia’s schools didn’t have the support he needed. He was failing math and struggling to get the individual attention he needed in an overcrowded classroom. Fights broke out daily, and the routine morning searches made him feel like a criminal.

Notes from the news, Apr. 25

By Anonymous on Apr 25, 2011 08:39 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman speaks about 'secret' meeting on King charter The Notebook blog
Superintendent Ackerman acknowledged that Deputy Superintendent Leroy Nunery was in the closed-door meeting about King's management.

See also: District: Nunery sat 'shocked' in March meeting The Notebook blog
Ackerman: Nunery never shared meeting details The Notebook blog
King SAC chair: Archie pressured us The Notebook blog
Commentary: A scandal that can't be ignored The Notebook blog
Deputy superintendent attended King High School private meeting The Inquirer

Violent city schools are result of a lack of strong leadership (opinion)
Op-ed from auditor general Jack Wagner that calls violence the "No. 1" problem in Philly schools.

Pushout stories correspond to, challenge school reform commission findings Voice of Philadelphia
Students discuss their stories of being pushed out of school.

District: Despite budget woes, 'we will make it work' The Notebook blog
The final installment in a five-part series about the facilities master plan.

PA School Talk Live Discussions, Apr. 21-27 PA School Talk
The site will host daily live discussions about vouchers at 1 p.m.

Enough Already Practical Theory blog
The divisive tone of the education debate needs to stop.

Budget ax threatens school nurses The Inquirer

Is Teaching an Art or a Science? Philly Teacher blog

Voucher Contributions Keystone State Education Coalition

Kristen Graham chats Philly schools Monday 4 p.m. Philly School Files blog

School voucher issue in debate Philadelphia Tribune

Benjamin Franklin students, staff relocated due to health hazard The Hall Monitor blog

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Commentary: A scandal that can't be ignored

By Helen Gym on Apr 24, 2011 10:20 PM

Recent revelations about the role of School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie in the awarding of a school contract that could be worth up to $60 million demand a full investigation from state agencies and a response from Mayor Nutter.

Ackerman: Nunery never shared meeting details

By the Notebook on Apr 23, 2011 11:22 AM

In another statement released through her spokeswoman Saturday morning, Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said has she never gotten details of the closed-door meeting to discuss the future of Martin Luther King High School from her deputy, Leroy Nunery.

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