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By Anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 01:26 PM

Last night a Notebook reader anonymously posted as a comment on our website an image of the memo to 440 staff reiterating the District's ethics policy. Thanks to that reader for sharing a copy of the memo. We welcome the exchange of materials and tips in the comments on our blog,  so if you have other materials or tips to share, please do.

Notes from the news, Jan. 7

By Anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 11:16 AM

notes from the news imageMemo warns Philly School District staff of penalties for leaks The Inquirer
The memo reminded staff of the District's ethics policy and the consequences of violating it. An anonymous commenter posted an image of the memo to the Notebook blog.

See also: It’s Up To Your Knees Out There The Philly Post blog

When will cuts start to hit? Still unclear The Notebook blog
The District faces a budget deficit next year. It could immediately begin to make cuts to mitigate the shortfall.

A New Year, a new blogger The Notebook blog
The Notebook welcomes Deborah Russell-Brown to our blog to write about parents and parent organizing.

Program aims to bring books to classrooms Daily News
The 1,000 Books in Every Classroom program will bring the "experience of a library" to classrooms in seven schools that received Department of Labor grants to help curb violence.

Caught on Tape: Teen Girls Fight at Philadelphia High School ABC News
The fight from Edison High School makes the national news.

See also: District reacts to YouTube school fight video 6 ABC

Roxborough 'Sober' High School Wins Zoning Approval, Closer to Opening Roxborough-Manayunk Patch
The high school would be a transition place for teens recovering from substance abuse addiction and would be housed at Mishkan Shalom Synagogue.

Department Focus: The Re-engagement Center A Broad View blog

City schools face $430M shortfall Philadelphia Tribune

Charter school students’ gift honors war veterans Philadelphia Business Journal

Voice your opinion with PlanPhilly's reader survey! PlanPhilly

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When will cuts start to hit? Still unclear

By Paul Socolar on Jan 7, 2011 09:34 AM

With some projecting an unprecedented budget deficit approaching $500 million for next year (2011-12), immediate cuts effective this school year would be one obvious strategy for mitigating this crisis. The longer the District waits to make cuts, the deeper those cuts have to go.

A New Year, a new blogger

By Deborah Russell... on Jan 6, 2011 04:55 PM

For the last year few years I’ve had the pleasure of working with parents from ACTION United (the organization formerly known as ACORN) on issues pertaining to our neighborhood schools. In 2011 I am joining the Notebook blog to share parent voices and the success and challenges of citywide parent activist groups.  As we start the spring semester, here are two interesting stories.

Notes from the news, Jan. 6

By Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 09:04 AM

notes from the news image Reports: Phila. schools bracing for big cuts NewsWorks
The District responded to news of planning for big cuts saying, "we will have to make strategic fiscal decisions, but, in doing so, we will remain focused on funding" the recent programs that led to gains in student achievement.

Committee of 70's resolutions for a better Philadelphia The Inquirer (opinion)
The resolution for the SRC and Ackerman is to "focus on getting better results and shoring up public confidence."

What are your New Year's resolutions? The Notebook blog
A Daily News editorial suggested ways to become a better citizen in 2011, including to become a Notebook member.

Parent University Presents: Les Brown A Broad View blog
This Saturday motivational speaker Les Brown will offer a talk on keeping parents engaged and children motivated.

You've Got to be Kidding: School Reform Satire City School Stories blog
A new feature on the blog is this section about the school reform efforts of billionaires.

In case you missed it: Top headlines, strikes, iPads The Notebook blog
Gotham Schools rounds up the top education stories of 2010 and more national news.

Building on hope, not only for city's children, but also for all orchestras The Inquirer

Learning and nonlinearity The Workshop blog

Two Students Punched in Roxborough High School Incident Roxborough-Manayunk Patch

Violence at Philly high school caught on tape 6 ABC

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In case you missed it: Top headlines, strikes, iPads

By Lauren Goldman on Jan 5, 2011 05:48 PM

The year that was: Looking back at 2010's educational headlines Gotham Schools
An overview of the past year's educational headlines and what this means for the future.

What are your New Year's resolutions?

By Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 02:17 PM

The Daily News editorial board shared their suggestions on how to become a better citizen in 2011. Suggestion #3? Become a Notebook member.

Their list details 12 ways to participate including giving to a food bank, recycling, and using the Daily News' City Howl feature to report issues with city services.

Notes from the news, Jan. 5

By Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 11:13 AM

notes from the news imageAckerman asks for budget-cutting contingencies - of 20%, 25%, and 30% The Inquirer
The District could face a $430 million shortfall and District leadership are set to meet to discuss the situation Friday.

See also: School District's financial woes are self-inflicted Daily News (opinion)
News chase NewsWorks

S. Philly High agreement could have districtwide impact Notebook NEWSFLASH
The agreement only requires action at South Philly High, but harrassed students across the District could benefit from the improvements.

Moffet Elementary: ‘A House of Learning’ Philadelphia Tribune
This week's Learning Key includes a profile of Moffet, a food program that has celebrity help at Drew, and news of another award for Ackerman.

See also: Drew students try their hands at healthy cooking Philadelphia Tribune
Superintendent Ackerman to receive humanitarian award
Philadelphia Tribune

A front runner for Philadelphia City Council bails NewsWorks
State Rep. Michael McGeehan has dropped out, which may put former SRC commissioner Martin Bednarek in a better position to run.

Are kids getting really stupid? A plan of action. The Notebook blog
In response to a Philadelphia Magazine cover story, this describes the value of media literacy.

Notes from the field: Reform Public Education Through The Power Of Your Ideas City School Stories
Many rich people have the clout to get their ideas out there, but teachers and others can organize to ensure that their views are heard too.

The Broad View Book Club A Broad View blog

Types of Philadelphia Elementary Schools Philly School Search

Inquirer Editorial: 16 & pregnant The Inquirer

Fox 29 Investigates: Double Dip Payback Fox 29

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Are kids getting really stupid? A plan of action

By Samuel Reed III on Jan 4, 2011 03:24 PM

The Philadelphia Magazine cover story, “Is It Just Us, Or Are Kids Getting Really Stupid?” by Sandy Hingston piqued my interest at the supermarket check-out aisle.

Many educators, parents, and students are polarized about the impact digital and media technologies have on society. Some say technology and social media tools are making kids stupid, e.g. "ask a kid to tell you the time from an analog clock."

Others say, “information is power,” and promote spreading technology and media products throughout all socioeconomic levels. Dr. Renee Hobbs, a respected media literacy scholar and the founder of the Temple Media Education Lab, may just have a plan to make media and digital technologies essential for teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond.

Notes from the news, Jan. 4

By Anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 10:59 AM

notes from the news imageTrial set for suit on African American achievement in Lower Merion The Inquirer
The suit contends that African American students were improperly assigned to special education classes and placed into "low expectations" courses.

Campaign rhetoric is about to meet Pennsylvania budget reality Patriot-News (opinion)
Op-ed from State Sen. Vincent Hughes detailing how the state budget hole could affect different areas, including education.

Improving on their practice The Notebook
Teachers describe how good professional development programs can be a huge help.

Are you wearing red Tuesday? The Notebook blog
Today is Wear Red for Public Ed Day, which is an idea that started in Florida and spread nationwide.

Blog posts during break:

Why Scale It? Philly Teacher blog
Philly Teacher weighs in on the "parent trigger" and reflects on 2010.

See also: Looking Back on 2010 Philly Teacher blog

SDP Blog Launches A Very Public Education blog
Thanks for the heads up about the new District blog.

Welcome! A Broad View blog
The District blog launched in late December and already has ten posts. Here are a few highlights.

See also: How to Stay Sharp over Winter Break A Broad View blog
Student Focus: Anthony Wright A Broad View blog
Homeless Children's Initiative A Broad View blog

Story Matters Practical Theory blog
Chris Lehmann caught up on some blogging during break with a post responding to a piece to "ban fiction from the curriculum," how parents weighed the decision to send their kids to private schools, and a web video.

See also: Opting Out Practical Theory blog
Satire - The Arena and Dialogue of Ed Reform Practical Theory blog

Jenks Featured On New Local Blog Philly School Search blog
Philly School Search found Jenks on new Chestnut Hill Patch, reposted the Fox 29 video that included an interview with the Notebook's contributing editor, and posted TEDxPhilly video.

See also:  Fire Bad Teachers [Video] Philly School Search blog
Music at School as a Vehicle for Social Change [Video] Philly School Search blog

Reflections of an Author: Good Will And Peace To All City School Stories blog
Frank Murphy kept up consistent posting throughout break witha reflection on crime and NCLB.

See also: Reflections of an Author: Reality Isn’t An Excuse City School Stories blog

Simon at TEDx Philly The Workshop Blog
The videos from TEDxPhilly are up, plus comments on a series of essays on criticism in the New York Times.

Teachers: Curriculum Competition, Digitized African American Oral Histories Office of Teaching and Unlearning
Using The Historymakers archive, develop a curriculum about African American History and you could win an iPad, projector, or giftcard.

See also: Function of Criticism/What it means to be a student The Workshop blog

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Notes from the news, Jan. 3

By Anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 11:13 AM

notes from the news imageWelcome back!

Inquirer Editorial: Schools face deficit The Inquirer
Philadelphia schools will face a shortage of funding this year, but the "bigger surprise is that the district didn't take more aggressive steps to plan for the budget shortfall."

See also: Letters: Charters offer solution to district's budget woes The Inquirer

Can we survive without stimulus funds? Daily News
The District received half a billion dollars in stimulus funds, and District CFO Michael Masch is not optimistic that state and local revenue will fill that gap.

See also: Nutter Responds To Daily News Report Fox 29

High school to college: some real numbers The Notebook blog
We got the college-going rates on a school-by-school basis.

Education Reform A Priority For Corbett Fox 29
Teacher accountability could become a major issue this year.

At a struggling middle school, 'change is difficult' The Notebook blog
A look at the Promise Academy at Roberto Clemente Middle School.

Work hard, awards will come Daily News
The Franklin Learning Center is one of two high schools in the state to be named Blue Ribbon Schools.

My top 10 education stories of the year The Notebook blog
Helen Gym looks back at 2010.

Farewell to a big Voice of Philly advocate Voice of Philadelphia
VOP thanks New Beginnings Program Director Kim Ryan for her support of their work (and ours!).

Inquirer Editorial: Worthy nominees The Inquirer
Student activist Wei Chen was among those nominated for Citizen of the Year.

Rendell proud of activist approach to government Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Inquirer Editorial: Education aid The Inquirer

Student journalism project fosters a healthy curiosity The Inquirer

We focus on outcomes in every area but education Post-Bulletin

Inquirer Editorial: Hands up for City Year The Inquirer

Project Learn Ethics Exhibit Teaches Good Values to Students, Community Mt. Airy Patch

Ogontz Ave. group buys W. Oak Lane Shopping Center to expand school Philadelphia Business Journal

I'll list blog posts from the past week tomorrow.

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High school to college: some real numbers

By Paul Socolar on Dec 31, 2010 03:13 AM

For the first time, thanks to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, the District has provided meaningful statistics about college-going rates for students coming out of Philadelphia high schools - revealing that the average rate of college enrollment across the city is only 34 percent.

Thanks for a great 2010

By the Notebook on Dec 24, 2010 03:48 PM

Schools are closed till 2011 and so is the Notebook office. You'll see less activity on the site over the next week, but we do have a few posts planned. Plus, we still need your help to reach 500 members by Dec. 31. Thank you for your support. Enjoy your break and have a Happy New Year.

My top 10 education stories of the year

By Helen Gym on Dec 23, 2010 08:51 PM

From rising test scores to a Justice Department investigation into “unlawful discrimination” against Asian immigrant youth at South Philadelphia High School, education news this year was more prominent than ever. Money poured into the District thanks to stimulus funds and Gov. Rendell’s education funding formula. But it was the spending of that money that came under scrutiny, from contracts to salaries to million-dollar turnstiles at District headquarters. Here are my picks for the biggest local education stories of the year.

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