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Penn brings wonders of ancient history to Philadelphia students and families

By Shannon Nolan on Oct 22, 2014 11:58 AM

A new program at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology allows Philadelphia 7th graders and their families to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt and Rome for free.

On Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania launched “Unpacking the Past,” a $2.2 million initiative that provides 7th-grade students in the School District of Philadelphia and schools run by KIPP and Mastery Charter schools with hands-on, curriculum-focused learning experiences using museum resources to make history come alive.

National expert instructs parents and District staff on bullying prevention

By Paul Jablow on Oct 21, 2014 04:53 PM

As psychologist Stephen Leff tells it, solutions to bullying in schools start at home.

Leff, co-director of the Violence Prevention Initiative at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, spoke during an anti-bullying workshop at District headquarters Monday. The workshop provided parents with practical tips and information on how to recognize bullying, support children who have been bullied, and work with schools in dealing with this issue.

“If you take one thing away from here today, it’s communicating with your kids," said Leff, also an associate professor of clinical psychology in pediatrics at CHOP. "The most important thing is to know what really happened [in school].”

Philadelphia Futures celebrates 25 years of publishing college guide

By Shannon Nolan on Oct 21, 2014 02:10 PM

Philadelphia Futures has reached a milestone in its mission to prepare students for college. This year marks the 25th anniversary edition of Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes.

Since 1989 Philadelphia Futures has annually published this resource, providing it free of charge to thousands of students throughout the city in efforts to help remove any barriers to postsecondary success.

Philadelphia High School Fair starts today

By Payne Schroeder on Oct 17, 2014 12:15 PM

The annual Philadelphia High School Fair starts today at the Armory at Drexel University on North 33rd Street, between Market and Cuthbert Streets.

Thousands of students and their parents are expected to visit the expo, which is presented by Great Philly Schools, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. The fair is designed for 7th and 8th graders, as well as high school students looking to transfer schools.

Notes from the news, Oct. 17

By the Notebook on Oct 17, 2014 07:44 AM

SRC listens to anger for hours, after thousands protest contract cancellation. Notebook

3000 at rally protest teachers' contract cancellation. Daily News

Throngs of teachers gather at Phila. schools HQ to protest their contract cancellation. Inquirer

Parents' groups protest SRC at district offices. Inquirer

Hundreds protest against Phila. SRC's controversial move. 6ABC

Protesters Rally Ahead of SRC Meeting in Spring Garden. CBSPhilly

Thousands join street protest before raucous SRC meeting. Inquirer

Protesters, Teachers Block Broad Street in Front of Philly School District. NBC10

This Is What the Streets of Philadelphia Look Like After Commission Votes to Cancel Teachers' Union Contract. The Blaze 

23 Best Signs From the Philadelphia Teachers' Protest. Philadelphia Magazine

Students disrput film screening at District headquarters. Notebook 

Student protesters say SRC member yelled, disparaged schools. Inquirer

School Reform Commissioner Simms defends her action at screen filmingNewsWorks

After Palmer loses court case, 600 students face expulsion from charter. Notebook

Students Forced To Leave Walter Palmer Charter Due To Over Enrollment. Myfoxphilly

250 students forced out of Philadelphia Charter School. 6ABC

Phila. Charter School Holds Lottery To Cut Enrollment. CBSPhilly

Councilwoman proposes e-cigarette tax to help fund Philly schools. NewsWorks

Philadelphia School Failure. Wall Street Journal

Transform the city with technology education. Inquirer

More school districts exploring stay-home days. Philadelphia Tribune

News Summary from Keystone State Education Coalition


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Eagles player promises ice-cream party if West Oak Lane students read regularly

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Oct 16, 2014 10:04 PM

Holding a brand-new book and poster freshly autographed by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, young Kazir got to talking Wednesday morning about why he loves reading.

Among two dozen students in the Prince Hall Elementary School library for the "READ! By 4th Campaign" literacy event, the youngster said that good books often offer quality life lessons.

"Dictionaries. Other large books," he mentioned of things he's read. "One book taught me how to drive a car."

That's when Kazir's second-grade friend Jeremiah had heard enough.

A guide for student bike commuters

By Payne Schroeder on Oct 3, 2014 12:15 PM

In response to the District’s proposed budget cuts to subsidized public transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has created a guide for high school students who want to bike to school as an alternative.

Last school year, high school students who lived more than 1.5 miles from their schools were eligible to receive free SEPTA TransPasses. But in August the District made a proposal to increase the distance to two miles, making 7,500 high school students ineligible to receive the subsidy.

Hite said during the first School Reform Commission meeting of the new school year that the District is working with several partners to avoid the transportation cuts, but many students still need assistance.

District and Penn team up to study school turnarounds

By David Limm on Oct 2, 2014 05:30 PM

Philadelphia, distinct among large urban districts for its long history of pursuing school turnarounds using outside management organizations, has been a real-world laboratory of reform experiments for more than a decade.

By studying the successes and failures of the District's recent efforts to turn around academically underachieving schools, a team of researchers wants to create a body of knowledge that all schools can use to improve.

Pa. districts and community groups get $23 million to support at-risk youth

By David Limm on Sep 29, 2014 06:13 PM

The Pennsylvania recipients of a major federal grant program aimed at supporting at-risk youth were announced today by Gov. Corbett and his wife, Susan.

Sixty-four school districts and community-based organizations across the state will receive $23 million in three-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. The grants will help support out-of-school time programs that give academic support to students from underperfoming schools and high-poverty areas, who are at risk of dropping out or disengaging from school. 

More than a third of that money will go to 23 grantees based in Philadelphia, a mix of community organizations and charter schools. (See the list of Philadelphia grantees below.)

Two former principals charged in state cheating investigation

By David Limm on Sep 25, 2014 03:09 PM

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against two more former Philadelphia principals.

Barbara McCreery, 61, former principal of Communications Technology High School, and Arthur "Larry" Melton, 70, former principal of Bok Technical High School, were arrested Thursday as part of the state's ongoing investigation into adult cheating on standardized tests.

They were taken into custody and charged with crimes of "tampering with public records or information, forgery, and tampering with records or identification," according the attorney general's office.       

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