Fourteen potential Philadelphia charter operators submitted applications for proposed new schools by the Nov. 15 deadline. That's about one-third as many as last year.
Twenty-two schools had submitted letters of intent by the Oct 15 deadline.
Ten of the 14 applications came from existing Philadelphia charter operators. Six came from entities that did not submit applications in the 2014-15 cycle.
Despite efforts to increase them, university graduation rates fall. Hechinger Report
State budget stalemate Day 140:
Hope fading for a Thanksgiving budget? The PLS Reporter
Mt. Lebanon School District opposes elimination of Act 1 Index. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tiny preschoolers and K-12 school students took Monday off to join school board members and exasperated parents calling for an end to Pennsylvania's budget impasse, as Gov. Wolf signaled that a budget deal wouldn't be ready before December.
Members of the advocacy coalition known as Campaign for Fair Education Funding fanned out throughout the Capitol building to meet individually with their lawmakers and ask for a finalized state budget.
Amy Roat, a teacher at Feltonville School of Arts & Sciences, will head an insurgent slate of candidates to run against the established Philadelphia Federation of Teachers leadership in the union’s 2016 elections.
For passionate principal, new role. Inquirer
Charter Schools as Incubators or Charter Schools Inc.? Huffiington Post
Racism is real & deeply ingrained. Daily News
Mining online data on struggling readers who catch up. The Hechinger Report
Who are Educators 4 Excellence and what do they do? Making the Grade
State budget stalemate Day 139:
DN Editorial: Compromise or curse? Daily News
Budget deal best for now. Inquirer
Don't increase Pa. sales tax. Inquirer
Letters: Gov't failing kids on scholarship. Daily News
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Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has named Otis Hackney, the principal at South Philadelphia High School since 2010, to be his chief education officer.
Hackney is widely acclaimed for turning around the high school, which had been plagued by racial tension and by violent attacks on Asian students.
Inside Thursday’s five-hour Comcast franchise hearing at City Council. Technically Philly
State budget stalemate Day 136:
Proposed state budget framework still has many details to resolve. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Philadelphia School District plans to convene an assessment task force to study the impact of all the tests administered to city students and make recommendations for changes.
Chris Schaffer, deputy chief for curriculum, instruction and assessment, said that the task force will include parents, teachers, community members, and perhaps students.
The goal is to have its members in place by the December break and start meeting in January to reconsider the District's approach to testing.
As Mayor Nutter prepares to depart City Hall in January, his legacy in education is facing some scrutiny. He gets good marks for his focus on raising graduation rates and support for more funding. But his agenda also included closing neighborhood public schools and the expansion of charter schools (and to a lesser extent, magnet schools), policies that drew strong opposition.
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is on record as favoring an education agenda that includes community schools. Over the length of his term, he would like to create 25 of these schools, neighborhood public schools that build community partnerships and bring under one roof the social services and supports that students and their families need.
ACE Mentor Program Offers High School Students Hands-On Experience In Design Trades. University City Review
Push to narrow the digital divide. Inquirer
Letters: Apprenticeships build careers. Daily News
State budget stalemate Day 135:
Proposed referendum worries York school officials. York Dispatch News
Superintendents: 'Back-end referendums' could harm school districts. Bucks County Courier Times
After a scare Tuesday, leaders in the Pennsylvania Capitol said that the framework of a state budget agreement is still intact.
The tentative agreement includes a $400 million increase to K-12 public education this year.
How often does Notebook member Robin Roberts read the publication?
“All the time,” she said.
An education advocate in Philadelphia and the mother of three children in District schools, Roberts became a Notebook member in 2013. She said that she relies on the publication for nearly all education news.
“The Notebook is where I get most of my information,” she said.
“I love the way the Notebook will take an idea, they will research the information, and will come back with a balanced view of what is going on.”
Newly elected Philadelphia mayor and city council push Penn to pay PILOTs. Daily Pennsylvanian
State budget stalemate Day 134:
State budget negotiations stay on track. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Learn about State budget and its impact on community this Wednesday. West Philly Local
The Caucus of Working Educators, which is trying to topple the long-dominant Collective Bargaining (CB) Team for leadership of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, is protesting the union's election procedures -- or the lack of them so far.
WE, as it is known, also alleges that CB-loyal building representatives – the elected union leaders at each school – are improperly seeking to bar them from distributing flyers and holding meetings in school buildings.
Specters of a school's closing. Notebook
Philly teacher brings highs and lows of her experience to the stage. Sante Fe New Mexican
Why aren’t schools in poor communities built to meet local students’ needs? The Hechinger Report
State budget stalemate Day 133: