Fewer Philly schools 'persistently dangerous' Daily News
The number of schools on the list has gone down for two years in a row.
See also: Number of 'persistently dangerous' Phila. schools drops Inquirer
'Persistently dangerous' schools down in District; Mastery touts Gratz progress Notebook
Philadelphia’s List of ‘Persistently Dangerous’ Schools Gets Pared Down CBS Philly
Calling on fathers for first day of school Daily News
The National Million Father March is asking fathers to walk their children to school.
MLK High beginning to fulfill its Promise Daily News
The oft-troubled high school is in its second year as a Promise Academy.
Class is in session Panel discussion tonight at Temple's Tyler School of Art with community organizer Nijmie Dzurinko, Mastery Charter's Scott Gordon, and the Inquirer's Miriam Hill, moderated by yours truly.
The sad, sad school district Michelle Obama mentioned Washington Post, The Answer Sheet
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Briana Jackson said her life changed when Mastery Charter took over Gratz High School a year ago.
The self-described former troublemaker, now a senior, said that the transformation isn't yet complete; she still gets detentions now and then. But the person who was regularly suspended has turned into a serious student, athlete and student-government member with her sights set on attending Howard University and becoming a nurse.
The Notebook will be revamping its publishing and implementing new digital strategies for reaching parents and other core audiences, thanks to a two-year, $202,000 grant just awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
by Benjamin Herold and Dale Mezzacappa
For months, state and local education officials have had ample evidence pointing to likely cheating on standardized tests in some Philadelphia public schools.
The two-year-old Philadelphia School Partnership, at the center of the city's strategy to support "great" schools regardless of who runs them, announced Thursday that it was more than halfway to its goal of raising $100 million from area foundations, corporations and individuals.
At a press conference attended by Mayor Nutter and School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos, PSP executive director Michael Gleason said that his group has commitments for $51.9 million.
WHYY/NewsWorks and the Public School Notebook are putting new resources into our two-year-old partnership to provide in-depth coverage of the Philadelphia public schools for print, radio, and the Web.
A national report released Wednesday showed that far fewer dollars are spent per student in schools with predominantly Black and Latino enrollments, and that staffing those schools with less experienced teachers accounts for much of the spending disparity.
The School Reform Commission voted Thursday evening to adopt a revised code of conduct that gives principals more discretion in handling disciplinary cases and prevents some infractions from being punished by out-of-school suspensions.
By Benjamin Herold and Dale Mezzacappa
for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks
Standardized test scores dropped precipitously in Philadelphia District schools this year, with most of the biggest declines occurring in schools under investigation for possible cheating and in the early grades.
According to preliminary results from the 2012 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams obtained by the Notebook/NewsWorks, districtwide scores fell roughly 8 percentage points in math and 6 percentage points in reading.
Incoming Superintendent William Hite told a roomful of school leaders at the District's annual leadership summit Monday morning that enforcement of rules is just one piece of school discipline and that "zero tolerance" to him means "a preventive set of strategies," rather than a punishment tool.
Mastery Charter and its methods for training and supporting teachers may soon exert greater influence in schools all over the city, a development that promises to cement the organization’s influence on educational practice well beyond its own schools.
The Philadelphia Great Schools Compact is asking the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for $2.5 million, some $650,000 of which would pay for Mastery to train teacher coaches to work in District and Catholic schools and other charters.
The Notebook is pleased to announce that award-winning newspaper editor Charlotte Hall has agreed to join our leadership board.
After a long career in daily journalism, Hall retired in 2010 as editor and senior vice president of the Orlando Sentinel in Florida. Before that, she was managing editor at Newsday on Long Island, N.Y.
By Dale Mezzacappa and Benjamin Herold
The School District released a 119-page document on Thursday that summarized the analyses and recommendations of the Boston Consulting Group, an outside firm retained at private expense to help the District avert a financial meltdown by radically overhauling its business operations and delivery of education.
The document details BCG’s work and thinking on hot-button topics ranging from charter expansion to labor negotiations. It also includes the previously unreleased analyses behind controversial District proposals to close dozens of schools and reorganize those that are left into decentralized, independently managed “achievement networks.”
The School Reform Commission on Tuesday officially hired Dr. William Hite as superintendent, effective Oct. 1, at an annual salary of $300,000.
All five members voted in favor of the five-year contract, which will pay Hite $50,000 more than he receives as superintendent of the 125,000-student school district in Prince George's County, Md., but $48,000 less than former Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.