Don't repeat this history. Inquirer
A guide for student bike commuters. Notebook
Mentoring becomes key learning piece. Tribune
A special School Reform Commission meeting will be held Monday morning at 9:30.
A small legal notice appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday edition, but the meeting was not otherwise announced. It is not on the District's website (which on Sunday night said that the next SRC meeting is Oct. 16). The newspaper ad said the meeting was for "general purposes."
It may be a case of putting the cart before the horse, but a Philadelphia councilman is proposing requirements for a city school board.
The proposal is taking shape even though there's no sign that the state will return the Philadelphia School District to local control.
Visualizing a board made up mostly of education experts, Councilman David Oh said he would also like to include several members elected from the public as part of his charter change request.
In response to the District’s proposed budget cuts to subsidized public transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has created a guide for high school students who want to bike to school as an alternative.
Last school year, high school students who lived more than 1.5 miles from their schools were eligible to receive free SEPTA TransPasses. But in August the District made a proposal to increase the distance to two miles, making 7,500 high school students ineligible to receive the subsidy.
Hite said during the first School Reform Commission meeting of the new school year that the District is working with several partners to avoid the transportation cuts, but many students still need assistance.
The Notebook was launched in 1994 as a newspaper committed to ensuring quality and equity in Philadelphia public schools. We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first publication this spring. We are featuring an article from our archives each week, shedding light on both the dramatic changes that have taken place in public education and the persistent issues facing Philadelphia's school system.
This piece is from the Spring 2001 print edition:
by Paul Socolar
Confronting a fiscal crisis of monster proportions, the School District enters the spring in search of some major new revenue from all levels of government and facing a growing likelihood of new budget cuts.
Bok comes back to life. South Philly Review
Sharon Ward interview on new report on Pa. property taxes. Rick Smith Show
Upper Darby School District finds huge surplus in 2013-2014 budget. News of Delaware County
Heidi Ramirez, former Milwaukee CAO, finalist for SCS post. Chalkbeat Tennesee
To the consternation of the charter community, the School Reform Commission has not considered new charter applications since 2007, citing its precarious financial situation, although it has continued converting low-performing District schools to charters.
Philadelphia, distinct among large urban districts for its long history of pursuing school turnarounds using outside management organizations, has been a real-world laboratory of reform experiments for more than a decade.
By studying the successes and failures of the District's recent efforts to turn around academically underachieving schools, a team of researchers wants to create a body of knowledge that all schools can use to improve.
On WHYY's Radio Times this morning, Notebook editor Dale Mezzacappa talked about the differences in approach to education between gubernatorial candidates Tom Wolf and Tom Corbett.
Corbett-Wolf debate in Philly heated. Morning Call
Penn alumna fights for Philadelphia school reform. Daily Pennsylvanian
Decriminalizing school discipline. Tribune
Teachers Anonymous: When help isn't there. City Paper
The very first question to Gov. Tom Corbett in his debate with challenger Tom Wolf went straight to the point: Are schools better off in Pennsylvania since he took office?
The issue of education took up the first 17 minutes of the candidates' hour-long debate on Wednesday morning. Starting at 8 a.m. in the studios of KYW Radio, it was broadcast during morning drive time.
In a round of lightning-fast questioning marked by verbal zingers and frequent interruptions, the two men largely repeated their campaign positions on the issue, which, polls have shown, dominates voter concerns.
How to Destroy a Public-School System. The Nation
Our school year so far at PSU. Philadelphia Student Union
Coalition kicks off effort to revamp education funding. Tribune-Review
The Hill-Freedman World Academy in Northwest Philadelphia was honored Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School.
This is the second time the selective-admission school has been awarded a Blue Ribbon, with the first being in 2006. It is the only District school to receive the award this year.