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Last call for student journalism contest!!

By Celeste Lavin on May 16, 2011 02:48 PM

We would like to cordially invite your student publications (print or online) to participate in the Notebook’s 2011 student journalism award competition. Each June we recognize the best work of Philadelphia’s high school newspaper writers and editors.

The postmark and electronic submission deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday May 17, 2011

Commentary: City's condom campaign needs to include gay youth

By Celeste Lavin on May 12, 2011 01:02 PM

I applaud the city’s new youth health initiative called Take Control, which is making condoms available by mail to 11 to 19 year-olds. It is also providing a website for young people that offers sexual health tips and information on protecting themselves against sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

But while this is a great effort to educate and protect our city’s youth, the Take Control initiative ignores the needs of gay youth.

Ackerman mentored next Chicago schools CEO

By Celeste Lavin on Apr 25, 2011 03:05 PM

Chicago's mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel tapped former Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard to be the next CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

While Emanuel, the former mayor of Rochester, and others have expressed their support for Brizard, Rochester community groups have been sending their “condolences” to the Chicago public school community, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Key data for school closings released

By Celeste Lavin on Apr 14, 2011 12:01 PM

Finally, we have some official numbers from the District about individual school facilities.

The District made public on its website a long-awaited document that lists information about each school building, including the facility condition index (FCI), utilization relative to capacity, and academic rankings on its school performance index.

Study: Wide variation in success of PA charters

By Celeste Lavin on Apr 8, 2011 05:47 PM

Students at middle and multi-level charter schools in Pennsylvania perform worse than their peers in traditional public schools in both math and reading, according to a new study published by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University.

Students at elementary level charters, however, outperform their traditional school counterparts in both math and reading.

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