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School Reform Commission to reconvene today after summer break

By the Notebook on Aug 21, 2014 01:16 PM
Photo: Harvey Finkle

A meeting of the School Reform Commission held in April 2014.

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.

 

 

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Comments (26)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 2:14 pm

I GUESS PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS DYING. WHEN IS THE FUNERAL?

Submitted by Lisa Haver on August 21, 2014 3:10 pm
  • 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.

 

Someone help me out here.  I am speechless.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 3:09 pm

where is that money coming from? I guess from the cleaning staff.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 3:26 pm

It seems to me the state needs to implement an admnistrators effectiveness course. They are the ones who got us into this mess. Let's see them do their job with less and less each year.

Submitted by LS Teach (not verified) on August 21, 2014 3:02 pm

I agree - how ridiculous!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 4:35 pm

How the heck are you going to evaluate teachers when they don't have what they are supposed to have in the classrooms? What are teachers supposed to do, work and then turn around and spend their paychecks on buying materials that should be provided by the School District in order to get a 'passable' evaluation? Where the heck is this money coming from? I am just sick of the bs that is coming out about no money! Did this money just drop out of sky or is there a money tree hidden at 440? 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 5:50 pm

We do

Submitted by Good Thing (not verified) on August 21, 2014 7:55 pm

I am with you - I don't quite know what to say.  Evaluate teachers who they demean and whose kids they take from?

Okay...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 4:53 pm
Evaluate my @ss! I'm so fed up with all this. I'm so depressed about going back this year. I was always so excited and happy about the beginning of each new school year. After having barely survived last year's funding cuts, I'm sick in my stomach.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 8:38 pm

Yes, it is time that SOMEBODY does something! How the devil are you going to evaluate teachers when what they need to do their jobs aren't in their classrooms? And heck to the no, I won't be cleaning anyone's bathrooms. I used to tidy up, mop and sweep my classroom floor last year. You can best believe that if the dirt is there it will stay there! I am so sick and tired of being blamed for everything that is wrong with our schools and if I hear one more time that the PFT needs to make concessions, I think I am just going to SCREAM! We need to put a stop to the crap that is going on. I believe in an honest days work for an honest days pay, but that doesn't include me buying the materials that I need to do my job! 

Submitted by Dave M (not verified) on August 21, 2014 6:43 pm

Pretty soon, they'll be telling teachers to clean the bathrooms.

Submitted by Good Thing (not verified) on August 21, 2014 7:55 pm

Mama Gail is absolutely crazy - would someone PLEASE stop her from talking on behalf of our kids?  She speaks for herself only.  What was that about her dead friend!?!?!?!

Submitted by Annony (not verified) on August 21, 2014 8:23 pm

Note - Green did not "shut the mike off" on Mama Gail but did on Lisa Haver.  Why???

Submitted by Good Thing (not verified) on August 21, 2014 8:46 pm

Afraid of her; afraid of being called a racist.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 10:10 pm

THIS IS DISRESPECT BECAUSE LISA SPEAKS THE TRUTH...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 10:09 pm

Mama Gail is NOT crazy! She may be the sanest person in Philadelphia. She passionatley expresses her outrage about what is happening to Philadelphia students while everyone else sits passively and watches the School District burn and can't be bothered to turn up to an SRC meeting at all.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 25, 2014 5:49 pm

Yeah Mama Gail is the best.  Don't belittle her because she is passionate about what she believes in!!  I worked with her about 2 years ago and think shes terrific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Lisa Haver on August 21, 2014 9:55 pm

A-31
Categorical/Grant Fund: $490,900 Contract with Community Training and Assistance Center – Student Learning Objectives

RESOLVED, that the School Reform Commission authorizes The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute, deliver and perform a contract with Community Training and Assistance Center to coordinate and build the Student Learning Objectives project for implementation with the Office of Teacher Effectiveness, for an amount not to exceed $490,900.00, for the period commencing August 22, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Description: Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) will coordinate project management for the strategy planning, resource development, and logistical implementation of the District's Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) rollout:
-25% of the work will include deliverables for 2014-15

-75% of the work will include deliverables for implementation in 2015-16

CTAC will present case studies of other district's approaches to SLOs along with a document for each case study highlighting other districts' approaches to SLOs. CTAC is responsible for:

-the build of internal capacity in the District by managing and training an SLOs Taskforce and W orkgroups.

 

Above is the resolution which was passed, unanimously, by the SRC.  There was no discussion or explanation before the vote was taken.  Chairman Green does not allow questions from the public during the voting on resolutions.

 

 

 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 10:53 pm

You have got to be kidding me! 

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 21, 2014 10:47 pm

THIS IS RIDICULOUS. GET RID OFF SRC AND HITE ADMINISTRATION. WE NEED LOCAL BOARD. This is not AMERICA I KNOW... FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS LOST PHILADELPHIA. BRING BACL PAUL VALLAS. Atleast that man was listening and built so many new schools and he did not bear grudge against the outspoken staff. Hite' s administration reminds me of SLAVERY.

Submitted by LS Teach (not verified) on August 22, 2014 6:34 am

We'll see if Wolf stands by his word of returning the SDP to a localized school board...that is the only way things will improve.  There needs to be a democratic process to elect school board members and to forget about having governor and mayoral appointees.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 6:53 am

ALL PHILADELPHIANS AGREE WITH THAT. OUR CITY SCGOOLS MUST BE RETURNED TO OUR CITY OFFICIALS.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 3:44 pm

No, we need an ELECTED school board like Pittsburgh and many other school districts in Pennsylvania have. We need a school board directly accountable to the people, not a party machine. Chicago has a mayoral appointed school board and they closed 50 schools last year.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 3:35 pm

yes  we need to elect the officials

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 7:24 am
I don't trust Wolfe or anyone of them I trusted Obama and got "raise to the top" nonsense.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 22, 2014 1:22 pm

All it takes is a little digging to uncover that this group CTAC is right around the corner from the Boston Consulting Group.  Clearly, this was a promised contract based on the recommendations BCG previously made. Or the contract is a payoff for the report that the BCG wrote.  Who's going to blow this conflict of interest wide open???

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