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Summer 2009 Vol. 16 No. 4 Focus on Teacher Excellence

Seeing opportunity in teacher talks

Photo: Harvey Finkle

Shanee Garner is a first-year English teacher at Bartram High School. Teacher contract talks are an opportunity to address how to provide adequate supports and incentives to retain good teachers at high-need schools.

By by Dale Mezzacappa

Public and private statements from School District leaders indicate that they are seeking a significant overhaul of the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) as a way to tackle stubborn issues that have troubled activists and reformers for years.

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No Easy Road, Part 2

By by Benjamin Herold

For thousands of city teens, 9th grade is a new world full of opportunity and peril. Successfully completing freshman year means nearly doubling their chances of graduating from high school. But what does this make-or-break year look like from the perspective of the students going through it?

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New data – same staffing inequities at high-poverty schools

By Text by Paul Socolar; data analysis by Ruth Curran Neild

Despite efforts to more equitably distribute teachers, School District data obtained by the Notebook this spring show that schools with the highest concentration of poverty still have the most teacher turnover and the lowest percentages of highly qualified and experienced teachers.

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