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Submitted by Erika Owens on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 16:26 | Permalink

Today is my last day with the Notebook. I've been tremendously lucky to spend nearly five years here working with incredible folks and getting to learn about education in Philadelphia -- and so much more.

Notes from the news, July 6

Submitted by Erika Owens on Fri, 07/06/2012 - 08:47 Posted in Notes from the news | Permalink

notes from the news imageWilliam Penn Foundation says it will retain a regional emphasis The Inquirer
The foundation will fund $15 million in innovations in education over the next three years.

See also: William Penn Foundation giving $15M to public, private, and charter schools The Inquirer
Foundation pledges $15M to Philly schools AP via WFMJ

Phila.-based cyber school yields its charter The Inquirer
Frontier Virtual Charter High School will give up its charter to the state.

Interview with William Hite The Notebook blog
An edited transcript of the Notebook/NewsWorks interview with incoming superintendent William Hite.

Nerd Street Cred: Kerkstra nominated for Geek Award PlanPhilly
PlanPhilly and sometimes Notebook contributor Patrick Kerkstra has been nominated for a Philly Geek Award.

Will a PAC Pick Philly’s Next Mayor? Students First is very interested in City Council. The Philly Post blog

Education reform in the pipeline The Philadelphia Tribune

Political risk may doom property-tax reform in Philadelphia The Inquirer

Help ASAP Improve Our Website! Spotlight on After School: The Blog of ASAP

State news roundup Keystone State Education Coalition

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Notes from the news, July 5

Submitted by Erika Owens on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 09:04 Posted in Notes from the news | Permalink

notes from the news imageHite looking to implement, not rethink, plan to overhaul Philly schools The Notebook blog
In an interview, incoming superintendent William Hite discussed his plans for his new position.

See also: Hello (and Good-Bye?) to the New Superintendent The Philly Post blog
Hite to Head Philly Schools The Afro-American Newspapers

Money Talks: And when Jeremy Nowak is paying, Philly schools have to listen. City Paper
Jeremy Nowak is the new leader of the William Penn Foundation, which funds the Notebook and numerous other education nonprofits and efforts.

The '20% less' solution is the problem, not the answer The Notebook blog
Public interest lawyer Michael Churchill debunks some frequent misconceptions about the District's budget.

See also: The Good and The Bad: recap of budget and other activities Education Voters PA blog

Education tax credits a good idea, but at what cost? Daily News (opinion)
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit program got additional funding in state budget.

See also: Deus ex Machina Metropolis

Chester Upland School District settles two lawsuits against state Department of Education The Inquirer
The settlements involve the state paying some of the district's debts.

Cyber charter school may call it quits Daily News

Death by elective The Sustainability Workshop blog

Trauma and Sanctuary Making the Grade blog

State news roundup Keystone State Education Coalition

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Notes from the news, July 3

Submitted by Erika Owens on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 09:08 Posted in Notes from the news | Permalink

notes from the news imageSRC to borrow $500 million by issuing short-term notes The Inquirer
The School Reform Commission approved the borrowing at a meeting on Monday.

Hite was kept under wraps The Inquirer (opinion)
Keeping the names of candidates secret in the superintendent search process "created a layer of mistrust."

See also: PFT Welcomes New Superintendent PFT blog
Mr. Nice Guy Metropolis
School district receives kudos for Hite hire The Philadelphia Tribune

Impact100 awards grants to afterschool programs The Notebook blog
After School Activities Partnerships and the Village for Arts and Humanities won grants.

Why teachers should put students to work What's Next?
The Sustainability Workshop was featured in a segment on CNN this weekend.

See also: Problems scale, but so do solutions The Sustainability Workshop blog
Oil Pans and Education The Sustainability Workshop blog

What kids can learn from superintendent search Daily News (opinion)
Dom Giordano says the new superintendent's salary negotiations can be a lesson for students.

The Program Metropolis

State redesigns teacher assessment system The Philadelphia Tribune

New Pa. evaluations won't apply to charter school teachers WHYY/NewsWorks

State news roundup Keystone State Education Coalition

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Notes from the news, July 2

Submitted by Erika Owens on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 09:13 Posted in Notes from the news | Permalink

notes from the news imageWilliam Hite tapped to run Philly schools The Notebook blog
On Friday the District announced that William Hite accepted the superintendent position in Philly.

See also: We need right expectations for Philly's new schools boss Daily News (opinion)
Meet William Hite, Philadelphia's new school chief ... The Inquirer
During college days, Hite a Virginia Tech football player The Inquirer
Dr. William Hite Is In A Hurry To Get Working With The School District Daily News
New Philadelphia Schools Chief Inherits System In Crisis CBS Philly

Pennsylvania corporate tax credit will pay for private-school scholarships The Inquirer
The state budget broadened the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

See also: Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Enacts Landmark School Reforms, Increases Funding PR Newswire

Pact approved to make Philadelphia's Creighton Elementary School a charter  The Inquirer
At a Friday meeting o discuss charter renewals and expansions, the SRC finalized the turnover of Creighton to Universal as a Renaissance charter.

See also: SRC makes it official: Creighton to Universal, Hope Charter to close The Inquirer

The Chester Upland School District is headed back to state control The Inquirer

Troubled cyber charter school ignores state's demand that it close Daily News

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