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Mastery gets $9.6 million federal grant to expand

By Greg Windle on Oct 14, 2015 04:56 PM

Updated with information on Scott Gordon interview

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Mastery Charter Schools a $9.6 million federal grant with the goal of opening 12 new schools over the next five years as a part of the department’s Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools program.

Looking for volunteers to help Notebook at High School Fair

By the Notebook on Oct 14, 2015 02:32 PM

The Notebook will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend when an estimated 8,000 parents and students will flood the venue for the annual High School Fair.

We will be handing out copies of our Fall Guide to High Schools, which contains profiles of 88 high schools, both District and charter. We’re looking for volunteers on Saturday to help us hand out the guides. 

If you can volunteer one or more hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, please contact Lauren Wiley by email or by phone at 215-839-0082 ext. 106. The Notebook could use your help!

Conference this week on "Education in Black and White"

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 13, 2015 06:43 PM

A series of events and panel discussions on the history of African Americans and schooling in Philadelphia are taking place this month, including a conference this Thursday through Saturday On "The Institute for Colored Youth and the Ongoing Struggle for Education."

The ICY, founded in Philadelphia in 1837, is now Cheyney University.

Judge approves charter cut, more funds for Chester schools. But can he do that?

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Oct 13, 2015 11:52 AM

After two months of negotiations and hearings, Delaware County Judge Chad Kenney has approved a drastic plan to rework the Chester Upland School District's finances.

The next question is, can he do that?

Education takes center stage in Philadelphia mayoral debate

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Oct 13, 2015 09:25 AM

More than 200 people packed a Center City auditorium Monday night for a tame, wide-ranging mayoral debate between Democrat Jim Kenney and Republican Melissa Murray Bailey.

As it has throughout this election season, education dominated the hourlong event at WHYY.

Teachers spent week in work-to-rule protest

By Dale Mezzacappa on Oct 10, 2015 10:30 AM

On a normal day, they’d be tutoring.

But Pamela Roy and her colleagues waved students away when the children tried to come into Room 202 during teacher lunchtime at Thomas Mifflin Elementary School in East Falls on Thursday.

Literacy campaign stresses importance of teacher training at schools of ed

By Fabiola Cineas on Oct 9, 2015 02:19 PM

Education scholars continue to churn out best practices for literacy instruction, but these practices slowly, if ever, make their way to the hands of educators in the classroom.

This grim circumstance is connected to the 56 percent of Philadelphia 4th graders who scored below basic in reading on the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress. Sixty percent of these students were African American.  

Notebook announces launch of search for a new publisher

By the Notebook on Oct 9, 2015 01:09 PM

The Notebook has launched its search for a new publisher – advertising the position, which it hopes to fill by the end of 2015.

Paul Socolar, Notebook co-founder in 1994 and editor/publisher since 1999, announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down to pursue other opportunities once a new organizational leader is hired and in place.

Read the District-Council pact for new openness

By the Notebook on Oct 9, 2015 10:50 AM

Earlier this week, City Council and the School District signed a pact that ushers in a new period of openness between the two entities, whose relationship has strained in the recent era of financial austerity.

The "intergovernmental cooperation agreement," which lasts through June 30, 2017, establishes four terms for increased cooperation, information-sharing, and regular input from Council, which feels it has stepped up to make up for state funding shortfalls without getting enough respect or information from the District.

Protesting classroom cuts, 100 students march to District headquarters

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Oct 8, 2015 03:03 PM

More than 100 Philadelphia School District high school students cut classes Thursday morning to protest a lack of resources in their classrooms.

Students first took to the streets outside of their respective schools – mainly the city’s magnet options – in an attempt to convince classmates to join them.

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