I've removed my family pictures from the wall and taken home my nameplate. As much as I've loved my job, it is clearly time for me to go. As I head into retirement, I thought I’d take a page from David Letterman's playbook. I present to you my own "Top 10 Things Necessary for School Nursing to Work," based upon my 25 years as a nurse in the School District of Philadelphia.
A superintendent like former boots-on-the-ground leader, fellow Philadelphian, and educator par excellence Dr. Constance Clayton, who was driven by the needs of children rather than by data. Data, as you know, can prove whatever you want it to prove.
Putting books before bars starts now. NewsWorks
The School Reform Commission approved a two-year, $34 million contract to outsource substitute teaching on Thursday, a move that District officials said would result in more learning time for thousands of students a day.
The SRC vote was unanimous, despite concerns about contracting out District jobs raised by City Council – which is holding back $25 million in city funding in part over this issue – and vehement opposition from the teachers' union.
City Council passed bills Thursday that increase various tax rates to raise $70 million for the School District, but won't decide until September on conditions for releasing $25 million of those funds.
Council President Darrell Clarke said that Council intends to get more answers on how the District will spend new money after it comes back from its summer recess.
A bipartisan Pennsylvania commission unanimously recommended a new school funding formula Thursday that would account for several student-weighted factors including poverty.
The proposed formula — which would affect only new spending — calls for Pennsylvania to provide districts with predictable, student-weighted funding that accounts for enrollment changes, poverty, English as a second language learners, and enrollment in charter schools.
Changes at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Northwest Philadelphia are rankling many in the school community.
The citywide literacy initiative READ! by 4th kicked off its summer reading campaign, called Summer of Wonder, against the backdrop of a mural at Alexander K. McClure Elementary School on Wednesday.
Two hundred and twenty-seven students graduated from Martin Luther King High School on Tuesday evening. The ceremony, which was held at Temple University's Liacouras Center, also marked the graduation of 74 students who began high school at the now-shuttered Germantown High.
In education, there are two stories. One story is told through numbers, often painting a picture of schools as under-resourced. Then there is the story told through personal experience, where students, parents, teachers, and other educators share anecdotes about the challenges of ensuring a quality education for all.
In many cases, particularly in urban schools like Julia de Burgos Elementary School, a K-8 school in North Philadelphia, these accounts are contradictory. Educators know it, and at times they appear to be the only ones who truly understand the real stories behind some of the city’s schools.
Scream bloody merger. Daily News
The School Reform Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a $34 million, two-year contract with Cherry Hill-based Source4Teachers to provide substitute service to city schools.
The SRC is also scheduled to vote on the agreements for five new charter schools and renewals for five Renaissance charters: four Mastery schools, as well as Universal Daroff.
Beakers filled with muddy brown water stood on the tables in the cafeteria at the Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, each surrounded by four intent 6th graders. Their task: purify the water, make it run clear.
The groups all had the same set of supplies: a cotton ball, screen, coffee filter, funnel, sand, gravel, and a graduated cylinder.
How much does the Philadelphia School District spend?
The District's budget for the 2014-15 school year is roughly $2.6 billion. The School Reform Commission and Superintendent William Hite have proposed a $2.89 billion plan for the 2015-16 school year, arguing that the additional money is needed to restore vital, basic services.
When it comes to education funding, what's the deal with Philly schools? Notebook/Keystone Crossroads
The fair-funding bus tour kicks off. Notebook
Indecent proposal. Inquirer