Since the spring of 2013, Roy Wade has seen the impact of trauma on urban youth and adults in low-income neighborhoods from three vantage points.
One is from his Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research office 13 floors above Market Street.
A second is from his pediatrics office in the Cobbs Creek section of West Philadelphia.
And the third is from his travels in the neighborhoods to such places as boys’ and girls’ clubs, YMCAs, community health centers, homeless shelters, primary care sites and behavioral health organizations.
The Notebook 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 earlier this year. 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 Fall 2002 print edition:
by Shauna Brown
When the Philadelphia school board adopted the “Multiracial-Multicultural-Gender Education” policy known as Policy 102 on January 24, 1994, advocates of equity in education saw a glimmer of hope in a city and school system plagued by a long history of inequality and discrimination.
Students at four Philadelphia-area high schools now have a greater chance of going to college, thanks to a $200,000 grant.
College Possible, a nonprofit that offers college preparedness services for low-income students, accepted the grant from AT&T during an event at Parkway Center City High School on Wednesday. The money will be split among its four partner high schools: George Washington, Parkway Center City, West Philadelphia, and Upper Darby High School in Delaware County.
Critics slam cost, impact of standardized tests. Daily News
Two new charters proposed in Penn's zip code. The Daily Pennsylvanian
Obama: US needs to bring schools into 21st century. Associated Press
J.S. Jenks selected for school district's Redesign Initiative. Chestnut Hill Local
In a sign that the movement to opt out of testing is gaining traction, the Philadelphia City Council Education Committee on Wednesday heard parents, teachers, and education advocates decry state and federal officials' emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing.
"Standardized tests negatively impact students living in poverty, English language learners, and children with special needs, of which Philadelphia has many," said Alison McDowell, a District parent who has led Philadelphia's opt-out movement and helped organize the hearing with Councilman Mark Squilla.
The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will launch its campaign for community schools on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City.
As a member of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which is a confederation of parent, youth, and community organizations, PCAPS will host a community meeting at 4 p.m.
Similar events are set to occur in 20 other cities across the country as part of the alliance's week of action.
The challenge, posed to community members at a charette last week, was to devise, design, and present new uses for two shuttered school buildings within 24 hours.
The Community Design Collaborative, a nonprofit that provides free design services; the Deputy Mayor’s Office; and the American Institute of Architects hosted the charette, a term used in design circles to describe a collaborative planning session involving representatives from different disciplines.
Ubiñas: Locked down in a cycle of violence. Daily News
10 of 40 Philadelphia charter school applications are STEM focused. Technically Philly
There is a conversation happening in the city about the issue of local control of the School District of Philadelphia and moving away from a state-run district.
It is virtually inarguable that the state-controlled School Reform Commission has not solved the issues of the District. Indeed, one could argue that the premise that governance was the problem has been proven false. Clearly, the citizens of Philadelphia must have more to say, while still ensuring that those who allocate funding are directly engaged with the decision-making.
Local control most likely means either an elected board or mayoral control, each presenting challenges. There are numerous troubling issues with mayoral control: It has been trendy, but it is not a proven improvement strategy, and people should be wary of it. Furthermore, it is not substantially different from the SRC in that a handful of appointments are made, insulated from the public and other elected officials.
Headed into an election year, voters should be skeptical at best about people who want to be handed the only set of keys to the District.
This past spring, a caucus formed within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers with the goal of energizing the union's ranks and re-engaging members in pressing issues of social justice in education.
On Nov. 8, the Caucus of Working Educators (WE) held its first annual convention at the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, where more than 125 teachers, counselors, and education advocates from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey came to learn more about strategizing and organizing.
A free college fair hosting historically black colleges and universities will be held at School District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St., on Wednesday, Nov. 19. It's open to all college-bound students and their families.
The Malcolm Bernard Historically Black College and Universities College Fair will bring more than 40 college admissions professionals who are interested in recruiting students from high schools and community colleges. The fair will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
“[This] College Fair is very important because students and parents can learn how HBCUs have educational programs, financial packages, and scholarships that fit the need of students from diverse ethnic, economic, and academic backgrounds,” said Barbara Bernard, executive director of the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair Inc.
Meatless Monday gains steam in city. Tribune
The School District said Monday that it has received applications for 40 new charter schools.
In Philadelphia, applications for new charter schools haven't been considered by the School Reform Commission in seven years.
But in passing the law approving Philadelphia's $2-per-pack cigarette tax, state legislators included a provision that requires the School District of Philadelphia to open itself to new charter applications annually, while giving rejected applicants the chance to appeal decisions through a state board.
Now that the deadline for submitting applications has passed, the District's Charter Schools Office will start its process for reviewing each of the applications.
According to a District release, that process will consist of three phases.
A new study by Research for Action has found that Pennsylvania's cyber-charter sector continues to yield subpar results on the state's standardized tests.
Using the state's recently released school performance profile data for 2013-14, RFA found the average School Performance Profile score for the cyber-charter sector was 48.9 – well below the averages for the state's brick-and-mortar charters and traditional public schools.
Charter tries to clone itself. Daily News
For U. City mogul: When a school fails, (re)build a new one. Daily Pennsylvanian
How businesses can help Philadelphia school kids. Business Journal
Fair funding is critical. Lancaster Online
Tom Wolf on work, reforms and driving his Jeep. Daily News