In case you missed it
By Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 02:06 AM
Imagine 2014 dominated the local news and blogs this week. Todd Wolfson of the Media Mobilizing Project blogged about the Philadelphia Student Union's action against the plan on the Philly IMC. The MMP posted pictures of the action. We have the District factsheet released the day of the action. The Inquirer and Daily News reported on the opposition to the turnaround plan. And the Daily News reported the student activists' response to a meeting with Superintendent Ackerman.
Helen Gym generated a lot of discussion over on Young Philly Politics about the role of outside providers and the free market. On his Chalk and Talk blog Christopher Paslay pressed Mayor Nutter to follow through on his campaign pledge "call for a reduction in contracts with outside contractors unless there is a compelling educational purpose for renewing the contract.”
Paslay's post also mentioned KIPP, and in a Daily News article Ackerman reiterated that charter school applications must fit with the new five-year plan. KIPP has experience with starting brand new schools but a spokesperson says they aren't prepared to get into overhauling current failling schools like the plan requires.
Elsewhere in the news, President Obama's address to Congress got raves in a Daily News editorial.
The Inquirer reported on a study that showed that only 18 districts in Pennsylvania meet the state's standards for graduation.
The Washington Post reported on a shift in the tone of teachers' contract negotiations in DC after an editorial by Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The outcome of the negotiations could be a bellweather for contracts around the country.
Some colleges are experimenting with three-year graduation tracks to help students afford higher education. The article also mentions that "most American students now take longer than four years to complete their degrees." Sue Snyder connected this trend to the "no-frills" college option proposed by the state Board of Ed.
The Institute for College Access and Success issued a fact sheet about Community College students, who still face challenges in affording higher education.
Ed Week's Politics K-12 blog reviews the initiatives in the 2010 proposed federal budget.