Calling the dropout rate of African American and Latino males in Philadelphia “an alarming crisis,” a School Reform Commission task force on the issue is recommending amending the zero-tolerance discipline policy and overhauling classroom approaches that leave most of these students disaffected and disengaged.
At its August meetings, the School Reform Commission:
Voted to approve the closing of George W. Childs Elementary School in South Philadelphia and relocate it to space in the nearby Barratt Middle School for the 2010-11 school year. The Commission also voted to close Barratt effective June 2011. Until then the two schools will co-exist in one building.
Thu. Sept. 2. First Annual Re-engagement Center Resource Fair. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. Come learn about the various educational programs for out-of-school youth and adults. Hear about your options and gather information about accelerated high schools, GED programs, and skill-building programs. For information, call 215-400-6079.