Katie McCabe is a summer intern for the Notebook. She is a recent graduate from the Urban Studies program and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. While studying at Penn, she conducted an analysis of the nature of community involvement in the governance of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, where she worked last summer. She has also spent the past three years working with and learning from the incredible students and staff of University City High School and Wilson Elementary.
Katie is looking forward to beginning a career in urban education this August through the MATCH Teacher Residency Program in Boston.
by Katie McCabe
Student leaders and community allies working with the Campaign for Nonviolent Schools voiced their opposition Thursday to the most recent draft of the School District’s discipline policy at a press conference on the steps of District headquarters.
A divided School Reform Commission approved the expansion of two more charters on Friday, but delayed decisions on two others pending the result of the state’s ongoing investigation of possible cheating on state tests. Five other schools also have pending renewal or modification requests.
By Katie McCabe
The School Reform Commission voted Monday to outsource the three top management positions in its transportation department, but recessed until Wednesday to allow more time for talks with the labor union representing bus drivers, mechanics, and other blue-collar workers whose jobs could be facing a similar fate.
At a time when public funding affecting many of the city’s youth is in jeopardy, the women of Impact100 Philadelphia have chosen to award their annual grants to two organizations serving Philadelphia children: After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) and the Village of Arts and Humanities.
The two organizations accepted awards of $100,000 each in a ceremony June 26 in the Village’s Ile Ife Park.
The School Reform Commission brought closure Friday to two running controversies from this spring, formally granting a charter for Universal Companies to run Creighton Elementary as a Renaissance charter and accepting a proposal from Hope Charter High School to close in 2013.