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Cuts could be coming to federal funding

Submitted by thenotebook on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 18:22 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The Notebook recently began sharing content with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared.


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by Alyson Klein

Education advocates and local school officials are nervously eyeing a series of draconian cuts set to hit just about every federal program in 2013—including Title I, special education, and other key K-12 priorities—in the wake of a special congressional committee’s failure to come up with long-term recommendations for how to cut the federal deficit.

Study: Low-income schools shortchanged in funding

Submitted by Will Treece on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 16:48 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The U.S. Department of Education released a report showing that districts across the country, including Philadelphia, do not equitably allocate their state and local dollars to the highest-poverty schools.

National youth town hall comes to Bodine

Submitted by Will Treece on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 16:02 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Students at Bodine High School for International Affairs learned life lessons from experts at a youth town hall on Thursday. 

The BEM (Believe Every Moment) Foundation has embarked on a national campaign to foster dialogue between “at-risk” students and community leaders. The town hall at Bodine is one of 12 assemblies the BEM Foundation is facilitating around the country.

Union leaders turn out to support Jobs Act

Submitted by Benjamin Herold on Mon, 10/17/2011 - 17:14 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

Representatives of the School District of Philadelphia, its five labor unions, and the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) gathered with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady at Furness High School in South Philadelphia Monday to tout the potential local impact of President Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act.

Philadelphia is top recipient of federal turnaround grants

by Katrina Morrison Posted in October 2011 Edition | Permalink

When it comes to school turnaround, Philadelphia is developing a national reputation for its aggressive use of nonprofit charter providers such as Mastery Charter Schools to spearhead overhauls of low-performing schools.

Nationally, no verdict yet on turnarounds

by Dale Mezzacappa and Katrina Morrison Posted in October 2011 Edition | Permalink

School turnaround is about the need to make drastic changes and achieve dramatic improvements in chronically low-performing schools. The approach has been championed by the Obama administration, which over the past three years has awarded $3.5 billion in grants to schools willing to adopt one of four models:

Obama wants $30 billion for school facilities

Submitted by thenotebook on Fri, 09/09/2011 - 16:05 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

The Notebook recently began sharing content with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared.


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by Alyson Klein

President Barack Obama called for $30 billion in new money to stave off teacher layoffs—and $30 billion more to revamp facilities at the nation's K-12 schools and community colleges—as he outlined his vision for spurring the sputtering economy in a speech to Congress Thursday night.

Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action

Submitted by Frank Murphy on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 16:57 | Permalink

This Saturday, the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action will take place in Washington D.C. The rally, which will be staged at the ellipse, starts at noon.  Around 1:30 p.m., participants will march to the White House where the demonstration will continue.

Many readers will recognize that most, if not all, of the issues that we regularly discuss in the comments of the Notebook blog are represented in the march's guiding principles.

Stimulus teacher: The rise and fall of teacher 'coolness'

Submitted by Guest blogger on Tue, 06/21/2011 - 14:17 Posted in Community voices | Permalink

On this final day of the school year for students we have this guest blog post from Julio C. Núñez, a bilingual elementary teacher in Philadelphia.


Tears, laughs, museum visits, flawless and dreary lessons, fires, and street brawls were some of the highs and lows of my two-year tenure as a public school teacher in one of the most poverty-stricken and dangerous parts of Philadelphia. There was also a constant and deeper understanding of the needs of a community, and its perception of neglect from those who are supposed to support and advocate for it.

Changes on the horizon for NCLB

Submitted by April Lin on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 15:03 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

With the deadline to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (more commonly known as No Child Left Behind) fast approaching, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has promised revision and reform of the controversial policy before the start of the next school year. Should Congress fail to meet this deadline, Duncan has said that he is prepared to work with states and issue waivers exempting them from the "perverse incentives" and sanctions they face under NCLB.

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