Tensions ran high at last night’s School Reform Commission meeting, where members of the student group Youth United for Change were escorted out of the auditorium by school police. Many had come to the meeting to protest the District's plan to close Kensington Urban Education Academy and merge it with Kensington International Business. Ultimately, the five-member panel voted unanimously to suspend part of the public school code in order to accelerate the school's closing process.
But that wasn't the only thing that happened at yesterday's meeting. In case you missed it, here are some other important highlights we are featuring that were tweeted by others at the meeting.
Seven principals will be honored this afternoon with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Principal Award.
The annual award honors outstanding principals who have made great leadership and humanitarian contributions to their schools and communities. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 stipend to use in improving their school communities.
Two new resource centers opened in South Philadelphia in March, providing a two-generation approach to tackling poverty in the Point Breeze section of the city.
The iParent@Diversified Resource Centers, funded by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, operate out of early childhood education centers in Dixon Learning Academy and Western Learning Center.
The Notebook’s annual Turning the Page for Change celebration is coming up. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. Admission is $75.
This year, the Notebook will honor documentary photographer Harvey Finkle. For more than a quarter-century, Finkle has created images that deal with social, political, cultural, and educational issues. He has been photographing for the Notebook for 15 years. At the event, the Notebook will present a display of his photos and hold a silent auction of several pieces.
Chambers of Commerce questions Philly mayoral candidates. The Philadelphia Tribune
Philadelphia mayoral candidates grill business leaders on how to attract talent and promote innovation. Philadelphia Business Journal
Management skills a must. Inquirer
Officials react to Gov. Wolf's budgetary proposal. The Philadelphia Tribune
Wolf's budget boosts education funding. The Philadelphia Tribune
Supporting wider success for students. Inquirer
Black girls carry extra burdens to stay in school. The Philadelphia Tribune.
Inexcusable absences. New Republic
Could it be that the teaching profession isn't pink enough. The Hechinger Report
Outrage: High-Stakes Testing in Kindergarten. Diane Ravitch's blog
Students compete to win 21st annual spelling bee. The Philadelphia Tribune