Two kinds of community schools. Notebook
Editorial: Saving Private Hite. Daily News
Clout: Why did Bill Green buy AjayRaju.info? Daily News
Learning begins early. Inquirer
Gov. Tom Wolf says Republican budget made him 'sad' for public schools. Lancaster Online
During their primary campaigns, Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke both said community schools were part of their vision for improving public schooling. Their frequent allusions to this school model suggest that community schools will gain more attention as the November election nears and might even become a key part of Clarke’s and presumptive Mayor Kenney's education agenda in 2016.
For Kenney, "community schools" are educational facilities that house schools but also offer things like medical care, social services, and community educational resources. They create a single point of contact that can keep students from missing school for things like doctor’s appointments and can reach families where they are.
Last month, the Basic Education Funding Commission unveiled its updated school funding formula after more than a year of work reviewing the process. The Senate Education Committee crafted a bill around the recommendations made by the Basic Education Funding Commission to more equally distribute resources to schools. The bill was vetoed last week.
A shake-up at 440. Notebook
Hite announces personnel shifts, hires. Inquirer
After three years of an administration defined by austerity, personnel cuts and school closings, Superintendent William Hite is ready to move forward with his vision of improving education in the District.
Scout Ltd. now officially owns Bok Technical High School, a massive city block of a building at Ninth and Mifflin Streets in South Philly.
Science Leadership Academy's nationally recognized founder and principal, Chris Lehmann, has been named to lead the School District's innovative schools network. In addition to his new role as an assistant superintendent, Lehmann will remain principal at SLA, though he will share his duties with a new co-principal.
Creating future-ready classrooms was a major theme of this year’s ISTE conference, the world’s most comprehensive ed-tech event. It was held in Philadelphia from June 28 to July 1.
Nearly 14,000 educators and industry leaders from around the world convened to share and discuss practices to prepare students for an innovation economy at ISTE, which stands for International Society for Technology in Education.
Chris Lehmann to lead new innovation network. Practical Theory
The Verdict on Charter Schools? Atlantic
An arbitrator has sided with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers in a dispute over the School District's layoffs of counselors and the way they were rehired and placed.
The School District said it would appeal the decision to the Court of Common Pleas.
In 1984, Holly Jobe, immediate past President of ISTE, met a colleague from Australia at National Educational Computing Conference. Jobe and her new acquaintance both had a passion for using technology to connect students.
By the following year, the two had set up a pen pal program through Telnet, the pre-internet form of international communication which required the students to compile individual messages into one long text file.
“We had to put in a 10-digit number to get to the Telnet connection,” Jobe said. “No pictures, nothing like that – it was just text.”
Philadelphia and Los Angeles, two cities with designated federal Promise Zones, will share a $650,000 grant to train AmeriCorps members to boost the college and career readiness of disadvantaged youth.
Close to 700 K-3 teachers from 40 District schools are attending a weeklong summer institute at Martin Luther King High School in East Germantown, learning best practices for teaching students how to read.
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City's Promise Zone gets 290K from federal grant. Daily News
Talks but no progress for Wolf, GOP. Inquirer
Teachers union blasts state evaluation system. Post-Gazette
Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale gives fiscal advice for the state. York Daily Record