School Reform Commission to reconvene today after summer break
By the Notebook on Aug 21, 2014 12:16 PM
Weeks before Philadelphia schools open -- on time but with more budget cuts, a cigarette tax likely but still not enacted -- the School Reform Commission will convene its inaugural meeting of the new school year today at 5:30 p.m.
On the agenda for the meeting are two District presentations, one on curriculum and instruction and the other on "serving students in care." A host of resolutions will also be voted on, including the adoption of a new student code of conduct and policies relating to the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in school.
Notably, also among the proposed resolutions:
- A $550,000 grant acceptance from the Barra Foundation, which is funding the District's community-led School Redesign Initiative. Officials said that it has received 27 letters of intent -- and maybe more -- that meet the initial criteria for moving forward with these teacher-led school transformations.
- The District's also eyeing Strawberry Mansion High School to potentially become a community school. One resolution proposes renting the vacant space in the former L.P. Hill School building, which is connected to Strawberry Mansion, to Northeast Treatment Center, which will provide a range of child welfare, mental health and additional services.
- As part of the Pennsylvania's Educator Effectiveness Project, the state's new system for rating teachers, principals, and other employees, the District is proposing a $500,000 contract with Community Training and Assistance Center. The center will assist schools in developing Student Learning Objectives, the process used to measure and evaluate teachers based on student achievement.