Opinion: SRC's Jimenez the one who really cares. Daily News
Letter: Every school should have nurse. Reading Eagle
State budget stalemate Day 108:
Upper St. Clair schools withhold state pension payments. Post-Gazette
Philadelphia school leaders got an earful Thursday night.
Much of the four-and-a-half-hour School Reform Commission meeting was filled with contentious testimony.
Teachers, parents, and advocates decried the shortage of school nurses and took leaders to task for the so-far exceedingly underwhelming results of their decision to outsource substitute teaching placement services — leading some in the crowd to call for ousting Superintendent William Hite.
Mastery Charter Schools CEO Scott Gordon said Thursday that a new $9.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education would be used to open new schools in the city and across the Delaware River.
"We're expecting to open schools in Philadelphia and Camden," Gordon said in a telephone interview. "New schools or Renaissance schools. Our preference has always been Renaissance schools, because that is the quickest way to address kids who are trapped in struggling schools."
Expect a lively Thursday evening on North Broad Street.
Philadelphia parents, students, educators, and advocates will have their first chance to testify on the sweeping proposals unveiled by the Philadelphia School District two weeks ago.
Philadelphia schools Superintendent William Hite has a plan to spend up to $20 million over several years on privatization, school closures, new schools, and other turnaround efforts aimed at getting 5,000 students “in better schools close to where they live.” My 30 years of experience in performing onsite evaluations of deficient school-building conditions leads me to propose something very different. Let’s spend that $20 million fixing the schools that our kids attend now.
With $20 million, we can protect all school children and staff, while promoting achievement for many more than the 5,000 children in the limited number of schools that Hite hopes to impact. And we can do so without ignoring the universal positive impact of improving indoor air-quality conditions.
Pre-K researchers can’t get past the third grade. Hechinger Report
State budget stalemate Day 107:
Budget reality and new revenue possible in coming weeks? The PLS Reporter
Updated with information on Scott Gordon interview
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Mastery Charter Schools a $9.6 million federal grant with the goal of opening 12 new schools over the next five years as a part of the department’s Replication and Expansion for High-Quality Charter Schools program.
The Notebook will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend when an estimated 8,000 parents and students will flood the venue for the annual High School Fair.
We will be handing out copies of our Fall Guide to High Schools, which contains profiles of 88 high schools, both District and charter. We’re looking for volunteers on Saturday to help us hand out the guides.
If you can volunteer one or more hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, please contact Lauren Wiley by email or by phone at 215-839-0082 ext. 106. The Notebook could use your help!
Editorial: Hard way to learn. Inquirer
Parents Support Testing, but Think There's Too Much. U.S. News & World Report
State budget stalemate Day 106:
Wolf: 'I can't cave' in budget fight. Inquirer
Show explores how state funding affects schools Centre Daily Times
Pennsylvania budget talks are set to resume Wednesday. Patriot News
A series of events and panel discussions on the history of African Americans and schooling in Philadelphia are taking place this month, including a conference this Thursday through Saturday On "The Institute for Colored Youth and the Ongoing Struggle for Education."
The ICY, founded in Philadelphia in 1837, is now Cheyney University.
More than 200 people packed a Center City auditorium Monday night for a tame, wide-ranging mayoral debate between Democrat Jim Kenney and Republican Melissa Murray Bailey.
As it has throughout this election season, education dominated the hourlong event at WHYY.
Rating schools on more than test scores. Daily News
Some hesitation with SPR report. Daily News
Charter school teaches "whole student". Daily News
School selection deadline is Nov. 13. Daily News
Literacy program opens location by Main Campus. Temple News
School District Mishandles New Act 153 Background Check Law. Chalk and Talk
Editorial: Diversity makes us better. Inquirer
There’s finally federal data on low-income college graduation rates—but it’s wrong. The Hechinger Report
ThinkFest Preview: Michael Nutter Looks Back On His Eight Years In Office. Philadelphia Magazine
When Philadelphia Students Boycotted School and Why They Did It. The Good Men Project
On a normal day, they’d be tutoring.
But Pamela Roy and her colleagues waved students away when the children tried to come into Room 202 during teacher lunchtime at Thomas Mifflin Elementary School in East Falls on Thursday.