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Notes from the news, July 21

By Anonymous on Jul 21, 2010 09:35 AM

More shakeup atop Philly School District The Notebook blog
Changes in communications, budget, and the charter/Renaissance Schools office.

Charters Chief Steps Down Wall Street Journal
The head of New York City school's charter schools office will now lead Victory Schools Inc., which runs charter and privately-managed public schools in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Victory is considering switching from being a for profit to a nonprofit.

Gov. Christie's report finds private, parochial schools save N.J. $2.7B annually The Star-Ledger
School choice is already big political issue in New Jersey.

Drexel panels explores ways to stop the violence Voice of Philadelphia

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More shakeup atop Philly School District

By Dale Mezzacappa on Jul 20, 2010 12:52 PM

Arlene Ackerman is shuffling her top leadership team yet again, the Notebook has learned.

Notes from the news, July 20

By Anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 09:48 AM

Least Restrictive Environment Practical Theory blog
The special education term got SLA principal Chris Lehmann thinking about other concepts that would work well for all students.

My high school experience, the second time around The Notebook blog
Guest blog from Microsoft employee Tony Franklin who looks back at his time at School of the Future.

New West Philly Parents Movement Launched Philly School Search blog
Looks like a group in West Philly is trying to take a cue from the parents organizing around Andrew Jackson Elementary.

What's Really New in Education? Philly Teacher blog
A lot of our theories of education still popular now are from decades or centuries ago, do they still hold true or is technology changing things?

A Tree and Its Roots: Notes from Friday and on the Spirit of Carter G. Woodson Office of Teaching and Unlearning

It only took 11 years… A Year in the Life of a Teacher

Plugging the ‘brain drain’ — Philly Fellows and community service Voice of Philadelphia

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My high school experience, the second time around

By Guest blogger on Jul 19, 2010 02:07 PM

This week's guest blog post is from Tony Franklin, a Microsoft employee who wrote about his experience with School of the Future.


I graduated from a Harrisburg high school in 1991. Like many graduates before me, I walked out the doors for the final time, thankful to be out of there. So, imagine my surprise when, 15 years later, I’m asked by my employer, Microsoft to go back to high school.

Notes from the news, July 19

By Anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 10:13 AM

District has lots to prove this summer Metro Philly
SLAM is front page news on today's Metro.

Plaudits and fears at Phila. school The Inquirer
Pollock Elementary got a Blue Ribbon education award, but parents and teachers say fights are common at the school.

Overhaul or cosmetic makeover? The Notebook blog
Many details are still being worked out in regard to facilities at Renaissance Schools. Mastery Charter has $1 million for capital improvements at each of its three schools, but the District hasn't fixed lingering issues first.

Our state budget is out of balance and unconstitutional Patriot-News (opinion)
And "throwing money" at Philadelphia's system has "failed to help," a state rep says.

Daniel Rubin: Keeping Pennsylvanians safe, or unwarranted domestic spying? The Inquirer
Education advocacy organizations have been noted in the "Pennsylvania Actionable Intelligence Bulletin."

Philadelphia fifth-grader gets support from Obama in quest to end bullying Daily News
President Obama personally replied to a letter from Ziainey Stokes about bullying at her Catholic school.

The Charter School Dilemma Philly Teacher blog
People have a lot to say about charters, but many people won't sign their name to their comments.

In case you missed it: Dissension within groups and...Megan Fox? The Notebook blog
Roundup of national education news, and an Internet curiosity: Megan Fox talking about school budget cuts in California.

Estudiantes de Philly a DC a pedir un DREAM-Act Al Día

Pa. may be forced to make budget cuts Philadelphia Business Journal

Mobile Learning Practical Theory blog

Congressman Sestak’s Legislation to Improve School Lunch Access and Safety Passes Committee BigNews.biz

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Overhaul or cosmetic makeover?

By Benjamin Herold on Jul 16, 2010 04:36 PM

With $3 million in privately donated funds at its disposal, Mastery Charter hoped to dramatically upgrade the facilities in each of its three Renaissance Schools before the start of the new school year.

In case you missed it: Dissension within groups and...Megan Fox?

By Jamie Raver on Jul 16, 2010 02:10 PM

The Democrats' education debacle Politico
Dissension continues to mount between Democrats over the proposed budget cuts to Obama's Race to the Top fund.  

See also: Campaign 2010: Reformy Types Just Don't Get It This Week In Education

New Evaluation Laws Split Teachers Even More NPR
Many states are implementing new policies that determine teacher pay based on student performance. Will the policies establish healthy competition and higher test scores, or is it another step in the downward spiral of education?

See also: Gates Foundation playing pivotal role in changes for education system Washington Post

Notes from the news, July 16

By Anonymous on Jul 16, 2010 09:46 AM

Editorial: New chapter, same book The Inquirer
The Inquirer affirms Superintendent Ackerman's assertion that the District's "efforts to boost student achievement are paying off." The District has decided to reveal the criteria used to evaluate Ackerman for her $65,000 bonus, and that transparency should improve public perception.

Corbett calls for taxpayer-funded vouchers The Notebook blog
Republican nominee for governor Tom Corbett brings vouchers back into the political conversation.

Teachers, not robots, create safe schools The Notebook blog
Former principal Frank Murphy describes how teachers with autonomy and the right supports can create safe, successful schools.

Constructing Modern Knowledge Reflections Practical Theory blog
SLA principal Chris Lehmann has been spending time with some of his educational heroes like Deborah Meier.

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Corbett calls for taxpayer-funded vouchers

By Rajiv Venkataramanan on Jul 15, 2010 03:50 PM

In an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press, Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Corbett declared that one of his priorities as governor would be to make public money available for private and parochial school vouchers.

Teachers, not robots, create safe schools

By Frank Murphy on Jul 15, 2010 01:19 PM

During my career as an elementary school principal, I have met with many parents. By far the most frequent topic of discussion during these meetings has been the parents' concern for the safety of their children during the course of the school day. I have always made it a point to quickly address the concerns of these parents. I understand that it is their right to expect that their children will be well taken care of when they are entrusted to our care.

Notes from the news, July 15

By Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 10:01 AM

What do parents want from schools? Daily News (opinion)
Response to the Pew study on school options claims the study shows, "Parents don't like district public schools."

State tells child services provider to compensate families YoungPhillyPolitics
The state department of education investigated a complaint about Elwyn, Inc., by the Education Law Center and Disability Rights Network and warned that delays in compensating families for special education services are not acceptable.

Notebook blogger and students win "Let Freedom Ring" competition The Notebook blog
Teacher blogger Samuel Reed and his students from Beeber won the "Best Concept" award for their Liberty Bell design. Congrats to Samuel and his students!

Daily Digression: Reconstruction Reconsidered Office of Teaching and Unlearning
Philly teacher Mr. Smith alerted us to his blog, where he's writing about his experiences at a summer institute focused on African American political history.

Cursos de español para niños Al Día

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Notebook blogger and students win 'Let Freedom Ring' competition

By Jamie Raver on Jul 14, 2010 02:22 PM

Led by teacher and Notebook blogger Samuel Reed, 6th graders at Beeber Middle School fused civic studies and artistic expression in the "Let Freedom Ring" program sponsored by the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership (PAEP) and National Liberty Museum. Reed's class worked together to design and create their own interpretation of the Liberty Bell, which was voted the "Best Concept" Liberty Bell.  

Notes from the news, July 14

By Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 09:42 AM

Fattah and Ackerman Launch Urban Nutrition Internships BigNews.biz
The $1 million program will operate with Penn's Urban Nutrition Initiative at four high schools in West Philly, University City, West Philly, Sayre, and School of the Future.

Fired Philly teacher calls on Ackerman to testify in civil rights suit The Notebook blog
The teacher claims he was fired for pointing out issues with Kensington CAPA's ESOL program.

Karen Heller: Poor economy uncovers a high level of idealism The Inquirer
Cheery view of TFA and the "surprises and gifts" a rough economy can provide to motivated do-gooders.

EDITORIAL: Congress to fatten the school lunch program Washington Times
Grumpy view of the federal school lunch program, which is deemed pork. Philadelphia is mentioned for serving more meals than students.

Independence Charter Announces Second Chance Lottery Philly School Search blog
The lottery is for its Spanish immersion program grades 3-8 and only students who know Spanish are eligible.

Why a PA guy is fulfilling his teaching dream in MN Twin Cities Daily Planet
Compare and contrast feedback from friends and family in Philly versus Minnesota, and the political climate that influences the feedback.

Vandals hit a children's greenhouse 6ABC

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Fired Philly teacher calls on Ackerman to testify in civil rights suit

By Brad Gibson on Jul 13, 2010 02:23 PM

It’s not every day that the superintendent of the School District testifies in federal court, but that is where Arlene Ackerman was last Friday. She was there for a hearing regarding the firing of Kensington CAPA High School teacher Radha Singh, a 10-year veteran with the District.

Notes from the news, July 13

By Anonymous on Jul 13, 2010 09:57 AM

ntcamp 2010 Philly Teacher blog
On July 24 ntcamp will be held at Boys' Latin Chater School. It's a free unconference geared towards new teachers.

See also: ntcamp 2010 PLN Panel Philly Teacher blog

High-schooler without a home Daily News
Turning 18 complicated life for a Bodine student who had been living in foster care.

See also: DHS says housing, other assistance available for foster kids until age 21 Daily News

Student activists, allies head to DC July 19 The Notebook blog
Members of PSU and YUC and adult allies will bus it down to D.C. to lobby make sure that Congress "address the school-to-prison pipeline" in the NCLB reauthorization.

Building A Youth Movement Leadership Institute 2010 Philly Education Justice blog
PSU will hold its annual leadership training August 9-13.

Run Away! Run Away! Metropolis
Why does the new state budget make Tom Ferrick Jr. think of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail?"

Science summer camp WHYY

School Choice Based on Parental “Qualities”? Philly School Search blog

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