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Summer 2012 Vol. 19. No. 6 Focus on A Broken Pipeline to College

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Creighton: Exception to the Renaissance rule?

The school's supporters persuaded officials to consider a teacher-led plan.

By by Bill Hangley, Jr.

About the Author

Bill Hangley, Jr. is a freelance writer based in West Philadelphia.

Comments (19)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 20, 2012 9:28 pm

Congratulations to Creighton for taking a stand and having the insight to devise their own proposal. I hope that the district believes in their own people and gives Creighton the opportunity to show all of Philadelphia what our current educators can do!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 9:26 am

The Creighton Staff knows and believes in the success of our children. All of our children - not just the African American children. Universal seems to want to force our Spanish, Asian and other non-African American children to respect only the African American culture and not any others. I find this offensive and unacceptable. This is a great community. A very diverse community. I don't feel the Universal Company respects or even cares for that diversity.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 2:43 pm

Where is the PFT on this proposal? Were they contacted for this article? Would be good to see the PFT weigh in on proposals that are trying to save public education jobs!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 11:38 pm

My understanding is that the PFT is in full support of the teachers proposal. They have spoken out in favor of it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 3:48 pm

I'm sure they are well aware of it and are taking action. It's a big issue!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 4:29 pm

And the basis of your confidence is? Wearing red shirts and handing out flyers isn't going to get it. Jordan's only solution is register to vote. What did voting for Nutter and Obama get us? Race to the Top is a doubling down of No Child Left Behind!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 22, 2012 8:10 am

Read Jordan's testimony before City Council. End of story!!! I'm tired of people bad mouthing Jordan. No PFT=you're out the door...plain and simple....go work for the Charter Schools and see what having no rights is all about.

Submitted by maximootoo on May 16, 2014 7:29 pm
Really? Where is Jerry Jordon when 9 teachers get "force transferred" last week because the principal Guy Lowrey wants to hire all grade teachers who are also certified in Special Education? this was approved by the asst superintendent & there is nothing these teachers can do. Too late to site select. Some have their Masters & have been there since 2008 but he used the lowest in seniority line to force them out. So, where is the union now? There is nothing they can do. What good is the union for these teachers. It's very sad. Will this be the norm for all Philly schools. Will all teachers need to watch out because they will all need to be Special Ed teachers too?
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 23, 2012 12:33 pm

Jerry Jordan has supported Creighton in written as well as spoken words.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 6:33 pm

The fact that there is no other teacher-led schools in Philly shows up that the whole reform movement really has nothing to do with improving student education. Instead we have a bunch of parasitical politician pushing their moneymaking charters. A school district truly interested in improving things would give everything at least one try. The fact that they are trying to shoot down Creighton shows us that they are really scared it might work! God help the charters if it does as it might be an alternative to them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 22, 2012 12:35 pm

Jordan is not the union. The rank and file are the union. If we don't like what is going on we get new leadership. That's what democracy looks like.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 24, 2012 12:12 pm

When are we going to start thinking about the kids and not just our jobs. My kids attend a charter school and they are doing a better job than there former public school was.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 30, 2012 10:25 pm

You mean their not there....maybe the kids should edit your blogs! Edited by a certified public school teacher!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 24, 2012 12:28 pm

When are we going to start thinking about the kids and not just our jobs. My kids chater school is doing a much better job than there former public school did.

Submitted by Anon, anon, we must go anon.... (not verified) on May 24, 2012 2:36 pm

YOUR child's charter school may be doing much better than their former regular public school, but there is copious research to show that this is not the case with most charter schools. The biggest thing charters do is improve climate by enacting sometimes draconian rules and behavior protocols and then 'exiting' the problem children. REAL public schools are legally prevented from doing the same thing, so the consequence for some schools is that climate deteriorates and so does achievement.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 27, 2012 5:27 am

Public should adopt some of those same principles too. Why should my child suffer and not be taught properly because there are a lot of problem children in his class.

Submitted by Pseudonymous (not verified) on July 17, 2012 8:17 am

This is the question that needs to be addressed system-wide. Public schools cannot adopt these principles. It is illegal.

The public school district remains responsible for your child no matter where s/he goes to school. So, if your child were to get removed from the charter, you can walk into the public school in your neighborhood and enroll them the next day. If s/he gets expelled from that school (hypothetically), the District is still responsible.

I understand why a parent would prefer a charter school over a public one if their neighborhood school is an unstable one.

I just don't want those parents to believe that the two schools could be operated by the same rules. Public schools must educate the public, and unfortunately, the public in Philadelphia includes a lot of children with severe emotional problems. The privatization movement is creating a caste system. Given the right supports and the right staff, public schools can manage behavior issues and teach everyone. But we aren't given those tools.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 17, 2012 1:01 am

Not all charter schools put the problem kids out. They keep them and expect the teacher to handle them. The bullies, children with mental problems such Austism, hyperactivity. One charter school is not equipped to address the needs of children, such as a gym or having young children walking outside in the rain and snow to go to lunch and specialty classes. I want my child to attend a school that was built to be a school and not an office building. I want my child's physical needs to be addressed. Another school doesn't even have a recess yard for elementary children to have some play time during the day. So please do group all charters in the same class, they are the same.

Submitted by K.R. Luebbert (not verified) on May 27, 2012 10:49 am

I agree. All children should be able to learn in a calm and productive environment. My point is that regular public schools ARE NOT ALLOWED to enforce these principles and rules. We have a code of conduct, but the folks at 440 do one of two things: 1. Ignore, make excuses, and side w/dysfunctional families (without offering real help), or 2. overreact and send kids to discipline schools who do not really need to be there. Allowing Renaissance Charters to have different rules, procedures, class sizes, etc..... makes it hard to compare regular public schools fairly.

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