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'We Could Be King' documentary draws standing ovation and $250K donation

Submitted by thenotebook on Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Brian Hickey for NewsWorks

The Flatbush Pictures crew whittled 500 hours of footage down to an 80-minute documentary. And, on Wednesday night, their efforts were rewarded with a standing ovation inside New York City's Sunshine Cinema during the Tribeca Film Festival.

The story they told was, in part, about the funding crisis which the School District of Philadelphia faced last year, and continues to face today.

Lawyers to call on City Council for more school funding

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:27 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Jeseamy Muentes

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Education Law Center will host the “Lawyers Day of Action for Education,” a call to action by local attorneys to persuade City Council members to provide more money for the School District.

Leading lawyers will take part in a press conference and meeting with Council members from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Council Caucus room at City Hall.  

Poll finds strong Pa. support for increased education funding

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:41 | Permalink

by Mary Wilson for NewsWorks

Education groups are touting a poll that they say shows voters are more concerned than ever before about adequate funding for Pennsylvania public schools.

Pollster Terry Madonna, who designed the study, said it did not stack education against other items competing for limited state revenue. But the responses still indicated that education is a top priority for voters this year, he said.

Reimagining the 21st-century teacher by connecting with other teachers

Submitted by thenotebook on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:01 Posted in Latest news | Permalink

by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks

Try to find the constant in most schools, and you'll most likely end up in the classroom of a veteran teacher. Students come and go – as do principals, superintendents and, with them, technology fads and ever-shifting educational philosophies.

But through massive budget cuts, a record number of school closings, and widespread staff layoffs, many Philadelphia teachers believe their voices have been lost in the shuffle.

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