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Education Fund celebrates 25 years tonight

By Paul Socolar on Nov 16, 2010 11:53 AM

The Philadelphia Education Fund will celebrate its 25th year annniversary Tuesday night with its annual Eddy Awards. The event starts at 5:30 with a reception at Drexel University's Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market Streets.

Notes from the news, Nov. 16

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 16, 2010 11:17 AM

Pa. House passes bill to rescue state pension systems The Inquirer
The retirement costs of state and public-school employees have skyrocketed; the House has approved a bill to address the issue.

How the new Pa. pensions law redistributes dollarsThe Inquirer
The new pension law is an attempt to solve the cost issue and prevent a fiscal disaster.

Pa. House overrides Rendell veto of school-code bill The Inquirer
Gov. Rendell vetoed a school-code bill which he believed gave unfair tax breaks to certain charter-school landlords; the state House voted to override him. 

Shift of funds endangers instrumental music The Notebook
Guest blogger Peter Schneider talks about the impact that the District's weighted student funding formula could have on instrumental music programs.

Media: Nonprofit News Sites & NPR Stations Banding Together This Week in Education
The Notebook and three other education sites recently met to discuss creating a network in which they can share resources.

Moms sue Pa. school over 'boobies'-bracelet ban Daily News
Two mothers filed a free-speech lawsuit against a Pennsylvania school district after their daughters were suspended for wearing the "I (heart) boobies!" bracelets.

We Totally Heart The Kids From Teach Philebrity

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Shift of funds endangers instrumental music

By Guest blogger on Nov 15, 2010 02:46 PM

This week's guest blog post is from Peter Schneider, a public interest lawyer and parent of a 10th grader at Masterman and a Central graduate.


The School District has been investigating proposals for “weighted student funding” that would change the way schools receive their funding from the District. As a public school parent whose children have benefited greatly from music in the schools, I am very concerned that proposed changes to the instrumental music program, shifting some funding decisions from the central office to individual schools in the name of increasing equity, would damage the program irreparably.

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By Anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 01:21 PM

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Notes from the news, Nov. 15

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 15, 2010 11:18 AM

Brace yourself for Philadelphia school closings Philadelphia Daily News (opinion)
The School District unveiled its proposal for a facilities master plan. Notebook blogger Helen Gym observes that there are important lesssons from past school closings.

200 Students Come Together for Nonviolent Schools Youth and Education 
The Youth Power Summit, hosted by the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools, drew hundreds of concerned students to participate in workshops aimed at improving school safety.  

Students, not Danza, shine in 'Teach' The Notebook
In the final episode of 'Teach' Tony Danza learns that students respond to discipline differently.

You Can Help 9,000 Pennsylvania Children Get a Head Start Education Voters PA

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Students, not Danza, shine in 'Teach'

By the Notebook on Nov 12, 2010 09:47 PM

by Margaret Ernst and Lauren Goldman

"Teach" comes to a close tonight with a final essay in Tony Danza’s class. By the end of the show, it’s Danza who ends up learning a lesson: that different students respond to discipline in totally different ways. And as the season ends, we’re given a chance to think about what "Teach" taught us too.

Dems want vote on DREAM Act next week

By Gustavo Martínez on Nov 12, 2010 04:17 PM

After September's failed attempt at a vote in the Senate, the DREAM Act could see another chance as soon as next week, according to Politico:

Notes from the news, Nov. 12

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 12, 2010 11:22 AM

notes from the news imageReality check: The midterm elections and Philadelphia schools The Notebook
Education observers reflect on what may happen to Philadelphia schools with the election results.

Safety commission to monitor violence in schools The Philadelphia Tribune
To curb school violence, District and city leaders convened a Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools this week. 

Ackerman steps up: Bullied girl, siblings get transfers Philadelphia Daily News
Superintendent Ackerman overturned the denial of a transfer of sisters bullied at their schools in Southwest Philadelphia, promisinthey would be in new schools today.

Teen summit at La Salle University will address issues affecting Latino youth The Inquirer

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Reality check: The midterm elections and Philadelphia schools

By Helen Gym on Nov 11, 2010 04:18 PM

In the week following an election that dramatically changed the political landscape in Harrisburg and DC, local education observers shared a grim sense of reality about what Philadelphia public schools are likely to face.

School closings, increased privatization, and reduced spending on education are themes echoed by a number of observers. Those possibilities demand even greater activism, focus, and community engagement, noted others.

Notes from the news, Nov. 11

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 11, 2010 11:28 AM

Philadelphia district begins public meetings on the future of school buildings The Inquirer 
The Philadelphia School District begins to discuss how to fix the problems with its facilities.

     See also: District unveils facilities planning process The Notebook

Her girls are locked in bully 'hell' Philadelphia Daily News
A mother and her daughter are struggling with school bullying, and the mom is outraged that nothing is being done.

Noguera to parents: work to change student attitudes and school culture The Notebook
Pedro Noguera discusses the achievement gap and Black boys.

Philadelphia School District's Parent U Fox News
The Philadelphia School District has started up a one-of-a-kind effort to educate parents so they can help their kids and help themselves get that diploma.

Save Our Schools: Philly Students Host Youth Power Summit To Campaign for Non-Violence PW Blogs 

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District unveils facilities planning process

By Paul Socolar on Nov 11, 2010 01:57 AM

At Wednesday’s School Reform Commission meeting, a first look at the School District’s efforts to develop a facilities master plan offered new information about the public’s role in the planning process.

Noguera to parents: work to change student attitudes and school culture

By the Notebook on Nov 10, 2010 06:49 PM

by Katherine Saviskas

 "We have a big problem on our hands," Pedro Noguera told about 30 parents at a lecture in Philadelphia on Tuesday November 9. "In every category associated with success, Black and Latino males are underrepresented, and in every category associated with failure, they're overrepresented."
 
The next day the Council of the Great City Schools published a study that found, among other disparities, that low-income White males outscore higher income African-American boys on math and reading standardized tests. Alarmingly, it found that in only 12 percent of African American boys read on grade level and that, according to 2008 data, just 5 percent of college students are Black males

Notes from the news, Nov. 10

By Lauren Goldman on Nov 10, 2010 11:39 AM

Officials, students look at school violence The Inquirer
Leaders, advocates, and students gathered on Tuesday to discuss ways to reduce violence in schools

         See also: District convenes panel to create safer schools Daily News  

                          'Blue Ribbon Commission' on safety meets The Notebook     

Students Get Crash Course in Pakistan History, Politics WHYY                                       

Drew Elementary opens doors in and out of classroom The Tribune

Media literacy in the classroom and community The Notebook

Erika is away, the Notebook's Drexel Co-op student Lauren Goldman is filling in.

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Media literacy in the classroom and community

By Molly Thacker on Nov 9, 2010 03:19 PM

While watching Reel Injun at the Community Cinema event co-sponsored by the Temple Media Education Lab, I thought a lot about what I should and should not be teaching my students. 

This is a nagging concern for me actually. It is a pedagogical dilemma particularly persistent for English teachers, I think, to consider what counts in a curriculum. 

Should I be focusing on the endless grammar issues my students struggle with? Should I be sure to teach Shakespeare, Hemingway, and “classic” canonical literature? Does assigning vocabulary lists make me a real English teacher? 

'Blue Ribbon Commission' on safety meets

By Wendy Harris on Nov 9, 2010 03:15 PM

Taking over the auditorium at District headquarters this morning, the newly formed Blue Ribbon Commission on Safe Schools, a cross-section of the city’s leaders, convened for the first time to introduce and discuss its plans for tackling violence in and outside of the District’s schools. 

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