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Notes from the news, Aug. 10

By Anonymous on Aug 10, 2010 09:57 AM

School District cancels contract with company that ran alternative programs The Inquirer
Community Education Partners, a private firm that ran disciplinary and alternative programs at four schools, had its contract terminated June 30 and is leaving Philly.

See also: CEP tells state it is leaving Philadelphia The Notebook blog

SLA magnet high school praised as one of top 10 The Inquirer
That's top 10 in the nation as picked by a panel of education experts for Ladies' Home Journal.

The Big Lie (Thoughts on Why School Is Not Only About Workforce Development) Practical Theory blog
SLA's principal says the emphasis should be on preparing students to be citizens, not workers, because "aiming for creating workers won't get our society the citizens it needs."

See also: Schools Are Given a Grade on How Graduates Do New York Times

Money aplenty, but where are the real turnaround experts? The Notebook blog
The New York Times found that many people are trying to get some of the billions going to school turnaround, even if they don't have experience in the area.

Sen. Anthony Williams: School Choice Fox 29

Phila., Camden among districts getting history aid The Inquirer

First Book donates 170,000 books to increase youth literacy in Philadelphia Philadelphia Charity Examiner

Help kids make the transition back to school 6ABC

Tony Danza reality show gets air date UPI

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CEP tells state it is leaving Philadelphia

By Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 9, 2010 05:45 PM

Community Education Partners, the for-profit operator of disciplinary schools that ushered in the privatization of alternative education in Philadelphia, has notified the state Department of Labor and Industry that it is closing its remaining four schools as of the end of this month. Its contract with the District was terminated June 30, according to District spokeswoman Lisa Mastoon.

The Nashville-based firm said it would be laying off 74 employees. A company spokesperson did not immediately return a call for comment.

Notes from the news, Aug. 9

By Anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 10:08 AM

Phila. schools outline reforms after warning on grants The Inquirer
A federal audit found poor documentation for $140 million in federal grant money, which prompted the District to make changes in grants administration such as contracting with an outside firm to write a best practices manual.

Editorial: Public has a right to know The Inquirer
The SRC should also release Superintendent's evaluation for her $65,000 bonus, not just the criteria, because it is in the public interest.

Elmer Smith: Dad has spent 6 years pushing for after-school programs for autistic children Daily News
Parent Eric Smith founded Project  Elijah Empowering Autism, named after his son, to help other parents with autistic children find resources.

Back-to-School “Party” Builds Excitement for School KYW
The District's second annual block party brought out an estimated 50,000 people.

Community Education Partners closing four Phila. schools Philadelphia Business Journal
They are closing CEP Miller, ALA Bartram, ALA Hunting Park, and ALA South Philadelphia and expect the closings to be permanent.

When Teachers Are Slashed, the Children Pay Huffington Post
Post by AFT president Randi Weingarten, which mentions that libraries in Philly have been closed due to budget cuts.

In case you missed it: What's really best for the students? The Notebook blog

Rights groups challenge Obama education plan Philadelphia Tribune

Advocates to Congress: Don't forget school lunch money WHYY

Education Secretary Duncan Announces $115.3 Million for 124 Grants to Improve Teaching of American History TTKN

Students Scared Tony Danza on Reality Teach Show NBC Bay Area

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In case you missed it: What's really best for the students?

By Jamie Raver on Aug 6, 2010 03:38 PM

Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age The New York Times
Plagiarism cases are on the rise as the Internet makes information increasingly more accessible, and students seemingly less accountable.

See also: Conflicts of Interest The Core Knowledge Blog
Which Is Worse: Cheating Vs. Plagiarism This Week In Education

Notes from the news, Aug. 6

By Anonymous on Aug 6, 2010 09:36 AM

Philadelphia area nonprofits could receive millions in federal grants The Inquirer
Four education nonprofits that work in Philly received millions in i3 innovation grants.

See also: Children's Literacy Initiative gets $21 million federal innovation grant The Notebook blog
Pennsylvania Education Organizations Awarded Funds in Highly Competitive Federal Innovation Competition PRNewswire

Contract doesn't prohibit Ackerman from releasing bonus evaluation WHYY
The District can't release the superintedent's performance evaluation, but she could make it public herself.

ACTION United says Race to the Top is misguided The Notebook blog
ACTION  United (the new incarnation of ACORN) held a protest at 440 to call for more community involvement in RttT.

Phila. launches Back to School party 6 ABC
The event is at the School District building at 440 N. Broad till 6 p.m.

Teacher aid revived in US Senate The Notebook blog
A jobs bill that will save thousands of teacher jobs cleared the Senate and is expected to pass the House.

Netter Center gets federal funds for nutrition effort Voice of Philadelphia
The $900,000 grant will be used to fund nutrition programs at four West Philly high schools.

Youthful leaders recognized at Young Heroes Awards 6 ABC

PA Team to Present Case for 'Race to the Top' Funds in Nation's Capital PRNewswire

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Children's Literacy Initiative gets $21 million federal innovation grant

By Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 5, 2010 03:44 PM

Philadelphia-based Children's Literacy Initiative is one of 49 winners of so-called i3 grants from the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to school districts and non-profit organizations to promote educational innovation.

Teacher aid revived in US Senate

By Rajiv Venkataramanan on Aug 5, 2010 12:11 PM

A state fiscal aid package once considered dead was revived yesterday when the US Senate voted to send states $16.1 billion to meet Medicaid payments and $10 billion to prevent layoffs of public school teachers.

ACTION United says Race to the Top is misguided

By Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 5, 2010 11:32 AM

The Obama administration's strategy for turning around low-performing schools doesn't give communities real power -- which is the only sustainable reform strategy in impoverished neighborhoods, according to the Philadelphia chapter of ACTION United.

Notes from the news, Aug. 5

By Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 09:57 AM

PFT and District give new teachers a strong start to the school year The Notebook blog
The Strong Beginnings program is taking place this week at Fels High School and is designed to help first-year teachers handle many of the challenges of their new career.

Philadelphia public school system doles out high salaries to staff Daily News (opinion)
A Republican running for the PA House adds his voice to the chorus of criticism of District salaries saying, the high salaries make it clear that we don't need more money for education, we just need to use our money better.

First Friday reception for Notebook photog. The Notebook blog
Bread & Roses is holding a reception for Harvey Finkle's Justice Behind the Lens exhibit Friday evening. 

We Did It! PFT blog
The Senate voted for cloture on the bill that would save thousands of teachers' jobs.

Letters: Philadelphia's Germantown High sends a mixed message on food-poaching Daily News

Shire and Philabundance Announce First Region-Wide High School Food Drive UC Review

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PFT and District give new teachers a strong start to the school year

By Wendy Harris on Aug 4, 2010 02:19 PM

More than 124 new teachers, many just out of college, are getting lessons all this week on how to survive their first year in an urban classroom.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia, is helping these new teachers through PFT’s Strong Beginnings program, a professional development initiative that focuses on the critical beginning-of-the-year issues that often make or break a new teacher.

First Friday reception for Notebook photog.

By Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 01:33 PM

Bread & Roses Community Fund is holding a First Friday reception for Harvey Finkle. Finkle's Justice Behind the Lens exhibit runs at the Painted Bride till August 13, and features work from his career documenting social justice issues, including photography for the Notebook.

Notes from the news, Aug. 4

By Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 09:52 AM

Karen Heller: In Philadelphia, public service pays The Inquirer
Superintendent Ackerman isn't the only public employee with a nice salary; Carl R. Greene, in charge of the city's public housing, makes over $300,000 too.

See also: Tony Auth political cartoon The Inquirer

Mastery Charter summer school dilemma The Notebook blog
Even with a savvy, proactive parent to support him, Samuel Reed's son Kagiso was unable to get Mastery to reconsider requiring him to take a summer school course.

Last chance to save education jobs! PFT blog
Supplemental education funding will be up for vote in the U.S. Senate.

City employees in Philly to get discounts at some colleges The Inquirer

I Miss My Old Brain Philly Teacher blog

College isn't common stock The Inquirer (opinion)

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Mastery Charter summer school dilemma

By Samuel Reed III on Aug 3, 2010 01:41 PM

If you have followed my posts about charter schools you may surmise that I am both a supporter and detractor of charter schools. Now, I have a personal dilemma with Mastery Charter Schools' summer school program and I am asking my readers for some advice.

Notes from the news, Aug. 3

By Anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 09:42 AM

Criteria for Ackerman bonus released, evaluation withheld The Inquirer
News on the bonus makes the Inky's front page.

District hopes changes boost dismal alternative ed graduation rates The Notebook NEWSFLASH
Mathematica released a study of the alternative school system in Philly that found that few students who spend time in an alternative school ever graduate.

Teaching new teachers for success 6 ABC
The District and PFT are hosting a training this week for new teachers.

Progress on vacancies at Promise Academies The Notebook blog
As of August 1 there are far fewer vacancies at Promise Academies: zero at three schools, and 10 spread out across the other three.

Military Push in Schools Metropolis
As part of NCLB, public schools must provide students' contact information to military recruiters, but students can opt out.

Smedley School is on the road to Mastery MyCommunity

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