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February 2010 Vol. 17. No. 4 Focus on School Turnarounds

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Facts about School Advisory Councils

By thenotebook on Feb 4, 2010 12:14 PM

Who will be on the councils?

  • 7-21 members
  • At least 51 percent must be parents of children attending the identified school
  • At least two Student Advisory Council members (for high schools only)
  • Residents, educators, elected officials, and individuals from community and faith-based organizations, business community, local universities, and economic development organizations
  • Educators interested in supporting school transformation

What are their responsibilities?

  • Recommending turnaround teams to the superintendent
  • Regularly discussing the community’s educational needs
  • Hosting community events and outreach activities to gather community input
  • Identifying finalist turnaround teams to meet with the community
  • Monitoring school progress, including an annual report
  • Quarterly meetings with turnaround teams and reporting annually to the superintendent
  • Volunteering up to 10 hours each month during the matching and transition process (March-August 2010)

How to apply:

For an application, contact school or regional Parent Ombudsman, or go to the District's website.

Mail application to:

Office of Charter, Partnership and New Schools
The School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street, Portal A
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Or e-mail it to renschools@philasd.org.

Applications are due by March 5, 2010.

Comments (4)

Submitted by Jane Matt (not verified) on June 29, 2010 9:09 pm

I am searching for a school for my daughter diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome/
She is 91/2 yrs old.WE live in Philadelphia Southwest Eastwick Section.

Jane Matt

Submitted by Teacher (K.R. Luebbert) (not verified) on June 29, 2010 10:21 pm

Hi Jane--the School District should be able to tell you the names of the schools that have programs for your daughter. The Office of Specialized Services is the office you should call. Many children with Asperger's are sent to schools with Autistic Support classes--they spend most of the day (depending on need) with their same age regular-ed peers and usually only use the autistic support services for their particular needs. The district would have to supply your daughter with the transportation she needs if the school is not your neighborhood school. I know that may of our ASS classes and teachers are great and teach kids with a wide variety of functioning.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 18, 2011 5:52 pm

This is a lot to expect to be done on a volunteer basis. I'm not sure why this would work, when school councils and parent involvement as directed by Title I, both with the same purpose, and volunteer, have never been successfully implemented. The training for this from outside contractor(s) is not volunteer. Why should this get blanket approval?

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