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District posts reports on proposed charter schools

By the Notebook on Jan 29, 2015 05:35 PM



Now that both rounds of hearings for 40 new charter school applicants are over, the School District posted the evaluations for the proposed schools today.

People can look through the reports and submit public comment by Sunday, Feb. 1, three days from now. Comments can be emailed, dropped off at District headquarters, or mailed.

Germantown grassroots group awaits word on charter-school application

By Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks on Jan 29, 2015 04:42 PM

Vera Primus breathed a sigh of relief late Wednesday morning before leaving a first-floor meeting room inside Philadelphia School District headquarters.

For nearly two hours, she and other members of a grassroots coalition had listened to comments and taken questions on the nearly 100-page application they had submitted for a new independent charter school in Germantown.

A daily reboot keeps this teacher 'there for today' with his students

By Susan Richardson for NewsWorks on Jan 29, 2015 01:21 PM

I'm a big believer in rituals. Whether they're for people like us to get through the day, or for households, companies, or communities, rituals are a deep, human way of creating rhythm, focus and touchstones in what otherwise might feel like confusion.

I talked recently to a Philadelphia public school teacher who relies on ritual in his high-performance workplace.

Andrew Phillips is a licensed architect and a full-time design teacher at Philadelphia's Charter High School for Architecture & Design in Center City. The school was created by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects to increase the role of minorities in design and architecture. Its students mostly come from lower-income backgrounds.

Truebright charter appeals shutdown order to Commonwealth Court

By Laura Benshoff for NewsWorks on Jan 29, 2015 09:43 AM

Charter schools are supposed to be nimble and innovative, but the process to close an underperforming charter is anything but.

Six weeks after the Charter Appeal Board voted 7-0 to deny Truebright Academy Science Charter's bid to stay open, the school in the Olney neighborhood of North Philadelphia has taken its case all the way to Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court.

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