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Notes from the news, Jan. 8

By Anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 09:58 AM

City schools contract with PFT nearing deadline The Inquirer
The contract deadline is next Friday, but by next Wednesday the District and union must come to an agreement over the Race to the Top grant app.

Former Phila. education secretary grades Nutter It's Our City
Debra Kahn also offers the Nutter administration some advice, such as continuning to foster partnerships with nonprofits.

Guest blog: Theory of action The Notebook blog
What approach does the District take to leadership? This analysis shows that approach to be very top-down and centralized.

Letters: Early education can put kids on a path to college The Inquirer
Notebook board member Christie Balka writes about the value of early ed.

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Guest blog: Theory of action

By Guest blogger on Jan 7, 2010 02:00 PM

Welcome to the guest blogger section of the Notebook blog.

This week's post comes from James H. Lytle, professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education (GSE).

Notes from the news, Jan. 7

By Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 08:15 AM

Another city agency keeps watch at S. Phila. High The Inquirer
The Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs will also monitor the situation.

See also: Sixth agency to probe racial violence at high school Philly.com
Hearings, and not hearing Young Philly Politics

Girard College is focal point for MLK day of service Daily News
Tens of thousands of people across the region will volunteer with day of service.

See also: MLK Day promises even more service WHYY
Area Schoolkids Preparing for 15th Annual MLK ''Day of Service'' KYW
MLK Day: A Call to Witness and Action Philadelphia Student Union's Facebook

Saving for College When It’s Around the Corner UC Review

Girls doing well in math WHYY

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From the archives: classroom observation

By Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 01:29 PM

The Fall 1997 edition of the Notebook had a clip and save article about how to watch your child's class. This topic came up on the new Philly School Choice blog, where Len Lipkin sought advice on questions to ask during an open house or school visit.

Notes from the news, Jan. 6

By Anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 09:58 AM

No consensus on prevention at South Phila. High meeting The Inquirer
This is a must read for more about Ackerman's thinking on the incidents. Representatives of the Asian community also gave their take.

See also: More hearings ahead on school violence The Inquirer

Slow-moving stimulus: Obama's program has given over $1 billion to Philly, but only 3,500 new jobs have resulted Daily News
The Philadelphia School District has received $226 from the stimulus, but some of that was to make up for a shortfall in what was expected from the state.

Don't take fondling lightly, D.A. tells jurors Daily News
The defendant is accused of fondling girls as they walked home from school.

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Charters: Social innovation hit or miss?

By Samuel Reed III on Jan 5, 2010 10:10 AM

The proliferation of charter schools has had a significant impact in educational reform during the past decade. The trend of charter school growth should continue into the next decade.

According to the Center for Education Reform, there are more than 4,900 charter schools in 40 states and the District of Columbia, enrolling over 1.5 million students. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have made increasing the number of charter schools a significant part of their agenda, making the flexibility of states’ charter school laws a criterion for the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive grants from the economic stimulus package.

Notes from the news, Jan. 5

By Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 09:56 AM

City commission announces school violence hearings Philly.com
The Commission on Human Relations will hold a series of hearings. The first is Jan. 28 in South Philly.

Charters: Social innovation hit or miss? The Notebook blog
Teacher blogger Samuel Reed wrote about his sons' mixed experiences at charter schools, and the Obama administration's interest in charters.

Groping trial gets under way Daily News
Man accused of assaulting girls at Cooke Middle School faces trial.

Fifth teen sentenced in subway killing The Inquirer

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While we were gone...

By Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 03:34 PM

Here's a summary of coverage from over winter break:

Notes from the news, Jan. 4

By Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 09:51 AM

Welcome back! Hope you had a great break. We'll summarize what happened over break, but here are the articles from this weekend.

Nutter to focus on increasing college admissions The Inquirer 
Nutter and his administration spoke about 2009 and their plans for this year, both for higher ed and K-12.

Editorial: Top-notch citizens The Inquirer 
South Philly High teacher Dean Coder was among the nominees for Citizen of the Year. The co-winners are lawyers at the Juvenile Law Center.

Interim BRT leader says staff supportive Philly.com

Teaching the diary fittingly The Inquirer

Nepalese refugees blaze a trail in Phila The Inquirer

'Philly Fellows' Program Helps Recent College Grads KYW

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See ya Jan. 4th!

By the Notebook on Dec 23, 2009 07:04 PM

Thanks for your support, comments, questions, and readership during 2009! The blog will be on vacation till January 4.

In the meantime, check out our coverage of South Philly High School, most recent edition on school climate, or just scroll back through the blog archives.

District wants security officer in Jeffione Thomas case fired

By the Notebook on Dec 23, 2009 06:11 PM

After an investigation, the School District has recommended that one of the two security officers involved in an incident with Frankford High football player Jeffione Thomas be fired "for use of excessive force." The president of the police union is upset.

Remarks from NAACP chapter induction at South Philly High

By the Notebook on Dec 23, 2009 05:52 PM

On Tuesday, the local chapter of the NAACP, headed by J. Whyatt Mondesire, held a ceremony to induct students at South Philadelphia High School into a new NAACP chapter. The inductees received a one-year membership to the NAACP and a trip to a 76ers game. They included a number of the students involved in the 8-day boycott of South Philadelphia High School following attacks against Asian immigrant students at the school Dec. 3rd.

Helen Gym, a board member of Asian Americans United, gave the following remarks:

Notes from the news, Dec. 23

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 23, 2009 09:38 AM

Ex-head of charter school appeals fraud sentence Inquirer
Retired police officer had pleaded guilty

Logan charter-school staff votes to unionize Daily News
Staffers at Delaware Valley Charter join AFT

Recent study confirms Settlement Music School Kaleidoscope Pre-school Program outperforms other pre-school programs in school readiness scores University City Review
Low-income children at arts-rich preschool show vocabulary gains way beyond peers in nearby program

Temple University is raising its standards Inquirer
Ambition to become "one of the best universities in the world has a price
            See also Temple campus upgrade to cost $1.2 billion Inquirer

Students return, with some exceptions Daily News
A few lingering effects of the storm

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Notes from the news, Dec. 22

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 22, 2009 09:35 AM

Racially Charged South Phila. High School Gets NAACP Chapter KYW Radio
African American and Asian students are members

Snow's not gone, but school's back on, with some delays Daily News
School started up again after the snowstorm

Do a Good Thing: Help a Mighty Writer out Citypaper blog
A program that helps students improve their writing is looking for help

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In case you missed It

By Dale Mezzacappa on Dec 21, 2009 01:01 PM

Two interesting articles from opposite ends of country for your Christmas-week perusal:

Bar set low for lifetime job in LA schools LA Times
Another big city struggles with teacher evaluation, a big item on the national (and Philadelphia) agenda

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