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Tonight's School Reform Commission meeting canceled

By the Notebook on Sep 29, 2014 02:51 PM

Tonight’s regularly scheduled School Reform Commission meeting has been canceled.

When asked, the District did not immediately give a reason for the cancellation of its monthly "strategies, policy and priorities" meeting. The next scheduled SRC meeting, an action meeting, will take place on Oct. 16.

Update: A spokesperson for the District said that the meeting was canceled because the format for the meetings is being revamped. 

In cheating, principals cited intense pressure to raise scores

By Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks on Sep 26, 2014 04:05 PM

Early in the morning, before anyone else arrived at Communications Technical High School, Barbara McCreery would sit in her office as principal and redo some of her students' standardized test booklets – 15 at a time, she says, with an answer key in hand.

#TBT: Innovation in Philly schools has rocky history

By Benjamin Herold for Education Week on Sep 26, 2014 12:11 PM

Finding ways to create "innovative" high schools seems to be a perennial policy priority for the beleaguered Philadelphia School District—and a topic that we at Education Week just can't seem to stay away from.

This school year, despite being beset by a financial crisis, stalemated labor negotiations, and a toxic reform climate, the 131,000-student district opened three new outside-the-box high schools, the planning of which we covered last spring.

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