The School Reform Commission will consider more than a dozen charter renewals on Monday and is expected to hear at least two recommendations for nonrenewal -- including one at a District school that was turned over to a private operator for turnaround.
The District's Charter Schools Office is opposing renewal for Bluford Elementary, which is a Renaissance turnaround charter operated by Universal Companies. It is also recommending non-renewal for Delaware Valley Charter High School, citing academic inconsistencies and fiscal issues.
When an increasing number of parents in school districts as different as Philadelphia and Lower Merion opt their children out of standardized testing, it's clearly time for state and federal education agencies to rethink whether testing, as it has been practiced, drives better instruction or undermines fundamental educational values.
Unlike many who are philosophically opposed to standardized testing, I believe that we need objective measures beyond grades from teachers to assess student growth. I also believe that the punitive use of standardized testing results has led to the crippling of creativity in the classroom, the elimination of art and music and sports and recess, the departure of good teachers from the profession, the discouragement of talented young people from entering the profession, and the temptation to cheat.
Pupils test the candidates. Daily News
Mayoral candidates take students' questions. CBS Philly
3 Bogus Problems With the Teacher’s Contract. Philly Mag
New parking app could impact school district. Philly Mag
Teacher-layoff bill advances in Pennsylvania House. Post-Gazette
By asking five mayoral candidates a question about police brutality, three Julia De Burgos Elementary School students sparked one of the campaign's most eye-opening moments to date.
The two of them strode down the hall in University City High School, Glen Casey’s strides long and loping, the smaller Rich Neal, Glen’s caseworker at NorthEast Treatment Centers, struggling to keep up.
“Glen got a B on his report card and he was livid,” Neal recalls.
“He said, ‘There’s no way. I didn’t get a B in this class. This is a mistake. I wanna go talk to the teacher right now.’”
Wolf’s plan to reduce funding for charters a gift to PSEA. Lancaster Online
When it comes to disparities in school funding, Pennsylvania is leading the country.
Community members gathered Wednesday in the Springfield High School auditorium in Delaware County to hear about the imbalance that has wealthier districts getting more state funds than poorer ones.
Decked out in blue for the school's colors, teachers and staff at ASPIRA Olney Charter High School linked arms in the school's empty cafeteria Thursday evening as a government agent tallied votes.
Olney Charter teachers vote to unionize. Daily News
What does a state education formula do? NewsWorks
Talking smack: Philly's Democratic mayoral primary turns testy. The Next Mayor
The School District has released its School Progress Reports for 2013-14, which quantify a number of indicators to evaluate achievement, climate, and equity. The reports, which replaced the troubled School Performance Index, are in their second year.
Glen Casey’s early school years were marked by all the academic warning signs: low grades, truancy, and suspensions.
“He was verbally aggressive,” recalls Rich Neal, a behavioral specialist with NorthEast Treatment Centers (NET). Neal would be at Glen’s side until the tide turned for him years later.
How is special education paid for in Pennsylvania public schools? Notebook/NewsWorks
Another ASPIRA charter school seeks union vote. Daily News