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Micro-grant sparks vibrant clean-up effort on GHS property

By Daniel Pasquarello for NewsWorks on Jul 30, 2014 01:00 PM

Their community mainstay may be shuttered, but locals want to ensure that it doesn't become an eyesore.

So more than 30 members of the "Legends of Germantown" Facebook group helped spruce up the land surrounding Germantown High School on Sunday afternoon.

What began with sweeping and weeding the walkways turned into a more concerted raking and trash-collecting effort to prepare the larger expanses of grass for mowing.

Temple joins growing list of schools making standardized tests optional

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jul 29, 2014 05:36 PM

Nervous test-takers, fear not. Temple University announced Tuesday it will join the growing list of colleges ditching the SAT as an entrance requirement.

The university calls it the "Temple Option," describing it as "an admissions path for talented students who show great potential for success but don't perform well on standardized tests."

Activist requests investigation into Pa. education adviser's work situation

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Jul 29, 2014 04:34 PM

A government reform activist is trying to get Pennsylvania's Ethics Commission to investigate a special adviser to Gov. Corbett.

The ethics complaint calls for an investigation into Ron Tomalis, an adviser on higher education and a former state education secretary.

Campaign ad returns Pa. focus to education spending

By Mary Wilson for NewsWorks on Jul 29, 2014 04:06 PM

Education funding cuts are front and center once again in a tiff between Pennsylvania's candidates for governor.

A television attack ad that surfaced last week highlights the issue, which has dogged Republican incumbent Gov. Corbett in the polls for years.

Reading program hopes to help Philly kids give 'summer slide' the slip

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jul 28, 2014 09:58 AM

Education experts have long advocated for parents to keep their kids engaged in learning over the summer – when skills picked up during the school year can get rusty.

That "summer slide" can be especially tough on students from families who can't afford high-quality summer programs. To combat this loss, State Sen. Vincent Hughes has organized the Save Our Skills summer reading program – a free, four-week literacy program where students receive a free breakfast and lunch while sharpening their skills with certified teachers.

Students find calm through mindfulness and guided meditation

By Stephanie Marudas for NewsWorks on Jul 24, 2014 04:51 PM

Mindfulness meditation might be the new yoga, but does it have a place in the classroom?

Skipping recess to meditate might not be what most kids would choose to do. But in the lunchroom at Isaac Sheppard Elementary School in North Philadelphia, a loud bunch of 3rd and 4th graders are about to get quiet. They gather around teacher Jamie Roberts. She's going to take them to her classroom for meditation club and gets their attention.

Appeal hearing delayed in case of MLK student's football eligibility

By Brian Hickey for NewsWorks on Jul 23, 2014 11:59 AM

Wednesday's scheduled appeal hearing to determine the football eligibility of a student who transferred to Martin Luther King High School in March has been postponed until next month.

Robert A. Lombardi, executive director of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), told NewsWorks on Tuesday that scheduling conflicts for the principals of MLK (William Wade) and George Washington High School (Gene Jones) led to the delay.

Teacher designs app to help educators meet Pa. evaluation requirements

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jul 21, 2014 10:39 AM

Katy Morris, an 8th-grade algebra and geometry teacher at Welsh Valley Middle School in Narberth, is out to revolutionize how teachers experience the evaluation process.

This past school year, Pennsylvania adopted a new statewide teacher evaluation system – due in part to an incentive in the federal Race to the Top school accountability competition.

Special ed cuts won't hurt students, Philly school officials say

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jul 15, 2014 09:31 PM

The Philadelphia School District laid off 157 special education classroom assistants and one-to-one aides last week in a move that officials say won't negatively affect children.

School advocates in the legal community, though, remain highly dubious.

Chief Financial Officer Matt Stanski explained the District's rationale to the School Reform Commission at a June 30 meeting.

"We believe we can maintain existing services for our special education students and, in fact, enhance them through management efficiencies and still see this expenditure reduction," Stanski said.

Philly youth of color discuss struggles and successes with Arne Duncan

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Jul 12, 2014 12:15 PM

Drug abuse. Violence. Incarceration.

Those are the pitfalls that plague far too many young men of color in America, according to the White House.

In order to steer young men away from that fate, President Obama has started the initiative called My Brother's Keeper, a federal effort to call special attention to the plight of young Black and Latino men and develop best practices to help them fulfill their potential.

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