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Four Philadelphia-area high schools get $200K for college prep

By Shannon Nolan on Nov 20, 2014 12:18 PM

Students at four Philadelphia-area high schools now have a greater chance of going to college, thanks to a $200,000 grant.

College Possible, a nonprofit that offers college preparedness services for low-income students, accepted the grant from AT&T during an event at Parkway Center City High School on Wednesday. The money will be split among its four partner high schools: George Washington, Parkway Center City, West Philadelphia, and Upper Darby High School in Delaware County.

PCAPS to launch campaign for community schools

By Payne Schroeder on Nov 19, 2014 03:45 PM

The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools will launch its campaign for community schools on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City.

As a member of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, which is a confederation of parent, youth, and community organizations, PCAPS will host a community meeting at 4 p.m.

Similar events are set to occur in 20 other cities across the country as part of the alliance's week of action.

State releases school performance scores

By David Limm on Nov 6, 2014 03:33 PM

The state's Education Department today released the scores it uses to rate Pennsylvania's public schools.

The number of schools meeting the state's standard stayed flat this year, Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq announced Thursday. Nearly three-quarters of the state's 2,947 district and charter schools, she said, received scores of 70 or higher.  

The Notebook has a new development director

By Wendy Harris on Oct 28, 2014 02:55 PM

The Notebook has hired a new development director, Lauren Wiley.  

Wiley’s responsibilities will include membership recruitment and management, as well as sponsorship and major donor solicitation. She will also manage special events, including the Notebook’s annual Turning the Page for Change celebration.

Wiley has more than 10 years of experience in fundraising, donor cultivation and management, and event planning. In her previous job, she was the first-ever development director at Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute, a professional laboratory science organization. While there, she instituted an event sponsorship program, secured new government grants, and began the first-ever recruitment of corporate sponsors for the institute’s conferences and educational seminars.

Penn brings wonders of ancient history to Philadelphia students and families

By Shannon Nolan on Oct 22, 2014 10:58 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 03:53 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 01:10 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 11:15 AM

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 06:44 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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