by Naveed Ahsan
Videographer Amy Yeboah premiered her films Goodbye to City Schools and (Re) Inscribing Meaning on Wednesday night at the Scribe Video Center. The screenings followed the opening of an exhibit of photos by Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective, a project curated by photographers Katrina Ohstrom and Melissa Holman, which showcases images taken in the spring of 2013 by 10 photographers, including Notebook photographer Harvey Finkle.
Goodbye to City Schools focuses on four of the 24 Philadelphia District schools that closed in June. (Re) Inscribing Meaning is about the choices that African American families make regarding their children's education.
Teacher Action Group Philadelphia and the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools will hold the 4th annual Education for Liberation Curriculum Fair and Citywide Summit on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Folks Arts and Cultural Treasures charter school.
The theme for this year’s curriculum fair and summit is “Flipping the Script in Philadelphia.”
Muchos sándwiches en una bandeja, un surtido de vegetales, pizza, refrescos, pastel – todo para nueve jóvenes, la mayoría con apellidos latinos y casi todos varones: el centro de atención un día reciente en la Escuela Superior Chárter Olney.
¿Cuál era la celebración? Que estaban ahí.
Among the recommendations in the recently released Boston Consulting Group report is a call that the District “undertake comprehensive collective bargaining reform” with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and, simultaneously, “pursue legislative changes” in the school code.
By Paul Jablow
For supporters of extending School Advisory Councils (SAC) to all schools in the District -- and there is virtually no outspoken opposition to this -- the devil is in the details.
A coalition of community groups formally requested a School Reform Commission resolution mandating this in July. And speakers at the August SRC meeting kept up the pressure for the body to go on record in favor of extending the concept from its present 38 schools to every school in the District.
The Notebook has a content-sharing agreement with Education Week, where this piece originally appeared. Last week, the School Reform Commission revised the District's Student Code of Conduct to prohibit the use of out-of-school suspension for several low-level offenses.
A wave of “people power,” has been spreading through the Upper Darby School District. Although it’s right in our backyard, many of us may not be aware of the struggle that has much to teach us here in Philadelphia.
Since the announcement of an “academic realignment plan” in April and the school board’s vote to approve it in May, parents, students and teachers have engaged in intensive and strategic organizing. And the bottom line is that they succeeded in getting the District to back off some of the proposed changes and helped restore $2.7 million in state dollars that had been slated for elimination.
Parents have a lot to think about this week as it relates to charters.
Georgia Charter-School Operator Nixes Martin Luther King; Sticks w/Birney
The company - Mosiac Turnaround Partners - were awareded two schools to turn charter by the SRC, MLK high school and Birney Elementary. On the day of the announcement the company abruptly dropped its plans to work with MLK and instead said it would only work on the elementary level.
La estudiante-activista María Marroquín está íntimamente involucrada en la lucha para que se apruebe la denomindada DREAM Act. Se puede decir que es un asunto vital para ella, una inmigrante indocumentada que estudia Ciencias Políticas.
Su participación fue fundamental para que el Senador Arlen Specter apoyara publicamente la versión 2009 del DREAM Act, una propuesta de ley que aún espera por llegar al pleno de ambas cámaras y ser votada.