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Notes from the news, Aug. 26

By Anonymous on Aug 26, 2010 10:00 AM

notes from the news imagePhila. Schools Need 100 New Teachers KYW
The hiring freeze will be lifted on Friday.

See also: Faltan 100 maestros en Distrito Escolar Al Día

Philly school audit: Nearly $50,000 in equipment missing The Inquirer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz audited a sample of 50 schools. The District says the issues are not widespread.

See also: Audit Reveals List of Items Missing from Phila. Schools KYW
Philly Schools Audit Shows $50K In Missing Items AP via KDKA
City Controller says school property is walking out the door WHYY
Audit notes school losses Daily News

Montessori charter renewed, Childs closed The Notebook blog
Montessori's charter was renewed till 2014, with some conditions. Childs was officially closed as its students will start school in the Barratt Middle School building this year.

Ronnie Polaneczky: 24/7 public servants: ticking time bombs Daily News
Superintendent Ackerman says she works 24/7 and should be judged by her results, but Polaneczky isn't so sure.

There must be 50 ways to leave your PHA director, schools superintendent Attytood
Will Bunch says Mayor Nutter and Gov. Rendell should no longer "no longer tolerate corruption and mediocrity" and should the PHA director and Superintendent Ackerman.

Superintendent finalist pledges to learn, then act Vindy.com
Pamela Brown is a finalist to lead the Youngstown schools.

SRC approves $1.8 million for outside lawyers The Inquirer

2 teens show their talent in sport stacking, a "captivating new sport" The Inquirer

Stu Bykofsky: Stolen car in the city: A civics lesson for the teach Daily News

PREP Program Introductory Meeting A Very Public Education blog

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Montessori charter renewed, Childs closed

By Paul Socolar on Aug 25, 2010 03:08 PM

The School Reform Commission today put two once-controversial issues to rest. After a year in which its future was in limbo, the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School won a renewal of its charter through June 2014, subject to meeting several conditions. And SRC approved the closing of the George W. Childs Elementary School building in South Philadelphia, relocating that school to nearby Barratt Middle School.

Notes from the news, Aug. 25

By Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 09:37 AM

notes from the news imagePa. and N.J. fall short in bids for Race to the Top education funds The Inquirer
There were ten winners this time, but PA again lost out in round two of the competition for federal stimulus funds, which could have brought $400 million into the state.

See also: PA not among Race to the Top winners The Notebook blog
Pa. loses out on school funds AP via Centre Daily Times

Philadelphia schools all staffed up WHYY
The Renaissance Schools' vacancies are down to three, and districtwide there are about 100 open teaching positions.

Unity is the theme for Childs-Barratt pupils Daily News
Parents, teachers, students, and Superintendent Ackerman toured the spruced-up Barratt Middle School building, which will hold students from both schools this fall.

COULD SCHOOL CHOICE PREVENT COP KILLINGS? The Philly Post blog

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PA not among Race to the Top winners

By Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 24, 2010 11:20 AM

Update: It's official. Pennsylvania is not among the winners. In fact, it went from being 7th overall in the first round, in which only two states (DE and TN) won, to being 18th this time. While many other states increased their scores significantly, Pennsylvania's overall score barely changed between the two rounds.

Notes from the news, Aug. 24

By Anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 08:46 AM

notes from the news imageElmer Smith: School district has a right to be revved over latest progress stats Daily News
No celebratory cake "the size of a Buick" this year, but schools met higher test score targets to make AYP and showed continued improvement in the graduation rate.

Rendell defends salaries of Ackerman, Greene The Inquirer
Though Superintendent Ackerman makes more than Gov. Rendell, he supports her salary and bonus, as long as the bonus is tied to performance.

See also: Report: Ackerman Gets Vacation Advance Fox 29

Philly's Summer School Program Fox 29
Fox 29 looked at the enrollment numbers for the $47 million SLAM program.

Thank you for arguing: Q+A with Jay The Notebook blog
Jay Heinrichs wrote about the value of rhetoric and arguing, and blogger Sam Reed asked how that can help students.

LISTEN: What's the biggest problem with Philadelphia public schools? Philly Education Justice blog
The latest ON BLAST segment from PSU students who report back on their Building a Youth Movement weeklong leadership program.

Who's Tracking You? Philly Teacher blog

Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, I Hope Philly School Search blog

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Thank you for arguing: Q+A with Jay

By Samuel Reed III on Aug 23, 2010 12:06 PM

What follows is a  Q & A  with Jay Heinrichs, former magazine editor, and author of the book "Thank You For Arguing." Jay gave a skype talk at a seminar session I attended this summer at Yale University.

Notes from the news, Aug. 23

By Anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 10:16 AM

notes from the news imagePhiladelphia schools celebrate successful scores The Inquirer
The mayor, governor, and superintendent celebrated more than half of Philly's schools making AYP.

See also: An all-out celebration of AYP results The Notebook blog
School district makes greatest strides since 2001 Philadelphia Tribune
Editorial: Schools make progress The Inquirer
Philadelphia schools earn a good report card Daily News
More Philly Schools Hit Progress Mark Fox 29

Philadelphia schools chief took advance pay for vacation days The Inquirer
Ackerman's contract and her compensation again hits the front page.

Why so many changes within school district? Philadelphia Tribune
PFT President Jerry Jordan says the upheaval is affecting teacher morale. Mayor Nutter's education officer Lori Shorr says the District is getting good results.

See also: A glimpse at the new 'regions' The Notebook blog

Editorial: Beyond skin color The Inquirer
A study found that an achievement gap persists between white and Black males, but urban districts are more equal opportunity - low graduation rates for all.

Education funding is a state priority as well it should be Patriot-News (opinion)
Rolling back education funding would "shortchange our students" and "undermine" long-term economic success.

See also: PA GOP: Cut Education Funding Increase WDUQ

In case you missed it: Questions of accountability The Notebook blog
The Los Angeles Times' story linking teachers with student achievement data raised much debate.

Teaching lacks Black males Philadelphia Tribune

U.S. school calendars are years out of date Philadelphia Tribune

Education Secretary proposes Equity Commission Philadelphia Tribune

Williams’ voucher donors staying on the sidelines PA2010.com

Friday Q&A: Chris Lehmann, Science Leadership Academy Technically Philly

With limited training, Teach for America recruits play expanding role in schools
Washington Post

Welcome Letter A Year in the Life of a Teacher blog

Moore College program trains art teachers for special-needs students The Inquirer

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An all-out celebration of AYP results

By Ron Whitehorne on Aug 21, 2010 05:39 PM

Superlatives were flying at Lincoln High School Friday as the School District celebrated dramatic gains in the number of schools making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the defining benchmark under the federal No Child Left Behind law.  

A glimpse at the new 'regions'

By Timothy Boyle on Aug 20, 2010 08:19 PM

Two days ago I logged onto SchoolNet to start some lesson planning.

The drop down list where a teacher could pick his region, school, and name has changed. Instead of regions, I found what is labeled as AD. I'm not sure what that stands for. But in AD-5 through AD-9, an assistant superintendent for elementary schools is in charge of a group of schools along geographical patterns.

In case you missed it: Questions of accountability

By Jamie Raver on Aug 20, 2010 12:34 PM

Who's teaching L.A.'s kids? Los Angeles Times
How accountable is a single teacher? The movement to rate teacher effectiveness via student test score data is brought to an intriguing light in this provocative and controversial story by the LA Times.

See also: Willingham: Big questions about the LA Times teachers project The Washington Post
The Great Bourgeois Cultural Revolution: The Politics of Naming Names in the Service of a Market Vision of Education Edwize
Is John Smith the worst teacher in Los Angeles? The Educated Reporter
LA Confidential? Eduwonk

Notes from the news, Aug. 20

By Anonymous on Aug 20, 2010 09:57 AM

More than half of Philadelphia public schools reach achievement bar The Inquirer
The District released AYP results that found that 158 of 267 schools made AYP in the 2009-10 school year.

See also: 10 facts about the latest AYP results The Notebook blog
Philadelphia schools earn a good report card Daily News
Phila. School Officials Proud of Increased Performance KYW

School-choice cash out of the gov. race Metro Philly
The big-dollar donors who gave State Sen. Williams millions for his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor will not give substantial support to either side in the general election.

Come On Arlene City Paper (opinion)
Taxpayers are entitled to public information about Superintedent Ackerman's administration.

No windfall (this fall) for PA’s schools The Notebook blog
Federal dollars will help make up for districts getting less than expected in state education funding, but state officials are considering holding this money till later in the school year when other federal funding is gone.

Generation Y Takes Cheating Into 21st Century NBC Philadelphia
Technology offers new tools for cheating.

Crowdsourcing is Dead. Or does it have a new face? Philly Teacher blog
Stats show less participation in things like blogs and comments online amongst 18-24 year-olds, but maybe how they are using the Internet is changing.

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10 facts about the latest AYP results

By Paul Socolar on Aug 20, 2010 01:35 AM

The School District has just released positive news about Philadelphia schools making adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law. The governor comes to town Friday to celebrate the results.  Here is a list of the schools that met all their targets in 2010 along with 10 key stats from a District presentation on the latest results:

No windfall (this fall) for PA's schools

By Rajiv Venkataramanan on Aug 19, 2010 05:49 PM

Despite the AP story reporting that $380 million of federal money to save teachers' jobs will be distributed through the basic education formula, sources inside the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) say that it is too early to know when or how the federal funds will be doled out to school districts.

Graduation rate inches upward to 63%

By Paul Socolar on Aug 19, 2010 10:03 AM

The six-year graduation rate for the School District has climbed to 63 percent, the highest in recent history, according to a preliminary report just released by the District.

Archie sheds light on bonus situation

By Paul Socolar on Aug 19, 2010 09:48 AM

Asked to expand on remarks that appeared in a Sunday letter to the editor, SRC Chair Robert L. Archie told reporters Wednesday that Superintendent Arlene Ackerman won't be eligible for another performance bonus from the District until after June of 2011, at the end of her third year with the District.

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