by Jeseamy Muentes
Sharif El-Mekki, principal at Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker campus, has been selected as one of three Principal Ambassador Fellows in the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever Principal Ambassador Fellowship program.
The program, modeled after the Education Department’s six-year old Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Program, will recognize the important impact that principals have on instructional leadership, staff performance, and the school environment. El-Mekki and the two other fellows were chosen in December from more than 450 applicants from district, charter, and private schools nationwide. One of the other fellows is from a magnet school in Tennessee, and the other is from a Washington, D.C., high school.
by Sameer Rao
Philadelphia is one of five areas nationwide that have been selected to be designated as Promise Zones, a federal initiative announced in January by President Obama to accelerate efforts to revitalize neighborhoods suffering from high unemployment, poverty, and crime, and low educational attainment.
En junio, la administración Obama implantó el programa Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (conocido como DACA, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual les da a ciertos menores indocumentados la oportunidad de obtener protección contra la deportación y un permiso de dos años para trabajar en Estados Unidos. Ahora, la organización JUNTOS (que respalda y alienta a los inmigrantes en Filadelfia) está ayudando a los estudiantes a obtener estatus de Deferred Action (acción diferida).
In June the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, giving certain undocumented youth a chance to receive deportation protection and a two-year U.S. work permit. Now, JUNTOS, a community organization that supports and encourages immigrants in Philadelphia, is helping students to obtain Deferred Action status.
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By Alyson Klein
President Barack Obama—who pushed through an unprecedented windfall of education funding in his first term and spurred states to make widespread changes to K-12 policy through competitive grants—has been re-elected, the Associated Press reported tonight.
Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization that provides data analysis about the academic achievement of Latinos, today released state-by-state research on Latino college completion.
Metropolitan areas like Philadelphia are not represented in the report, though Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research for Excelencia in Education and author of the report, said “I think it’s important to look at urban sites as well.”
In Pennsylvania – which has the 13th largest Latino population in the United States – 20 percent of Latino adults ages 25 to 64 have earned an associate degree or higher, compared to 39 percent of all adults. This data is in line with the national average, but still typifies the disparities that exist in college completion across all racial groups. In fact, in most states, Latino adults have lower degree-attainment levels than other groups.
Si usted nunca ha escuchado sobre los Common Core standards (estándares básicos en común), es hora de tomar nota. Éstos podrían tener un efecto enorme en lo que los estudiantes aprenderán, y posiblemente también en los exámenes que toman para medir su progreso.
If you've never heard of the Common Core standards, it's time to take note: They could have a big effect on what students will learn – and maybe also on the tests that measure their progress.
Universal Companies, which was in the running to receive a chunk of federal money to establish a Promise Neighborhood in South Philadelphia, has lost out on receiving an implementation grant.
Philadelphia was not included in the list of five awardees released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education. The five organizations received between $1.5 million and $6 million each from the U.S. Department of Education.
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by Mark Walsh
Civil rights advocates and opponents of affirmative action are sharply divided on the wisdom—and legal soundness—of new Obama administration guidance to schools and colleges on how much flexibility they have in considering the race of students in areas such as attendance zones and admissions.