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December 2015 Vol. 23. No. 3 Focus on Standardized Tests

News in brief

New leadership in City Hall has a focus on community schools


Dale Mezzacappa and Paul Socolar

on Nov 24, 2015 04:33 PM
Photo: Harvey Finkle

Otis Hackney, principal of South Philadelphia High School since 2010, is Mayor-elect Jim Kenney’s choice to be chief education officer and will implement his community schools strategy.

With the election of Jim Kenney as mayor and Helen Gym as a City Council member, there is a new dynamic at City Hall regarding education policy.

Kenney is prioritizing work toward universal preschool, which has been a focus of the Nutter administration. But the mayor-elect has also thrown his support behind community schools as the primary reform strategy for the District.

And he named a highly regarded principal of a neighborhood high school, Otis Hackney, to be his chief education officer.

Under Hackney's leadership since 2010, South Philadelphia High School has put together perhaps the most advanced effort in the city to implement the community school model, which involves re-envisioning schools as accessible, full-service centers for students and their families. Kenney says he wants to create 25 community schools citywide.

Just two weeks after the election, Kenney, Hackney, and City Council President Darrell Clarke traveled to Cincinnati to learn more about how that city has used this strategy as a way to revitalize district-run neighborhood schools.

That is a shift from Mayor Nutter's approach. Over eight years, Nutter oversaw a substantial expansion of charters, while advancing the goal of having “a great school,” District-run or otherwise, in every neighborhood. In embracing the community schools strategy, Kenney has quickly found common cause with Clarke, who consistently clashed with Nutter on education issues.

Gym rode to Council on the strength of her education activism, in which she has been severely critical of the District and city policy of closing schools, growing charter enrollment, and using mostly test scores to decide which schools are candidates for turnaround and privatization. Gym was the leading vote-getter among Council at-large candidates.

Gym reiterated during her campaign that the “great schools” strategy is misguided in that it promotes the creation of “islands of greatness in oceans of inequity.”

Both Kenney and Gym received robust and unequivocal support from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which is currently at war with the District administration. Teachers have not had a new contract or a raise in over three years, and in the face of stalemated talks, the School Reform Commission sought in October 2014 to nullify the contract entirely. The matter is now in court. The union’s relationship with Nutter soured as budget cuts and the contract dispute deepened.

Comments (5)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on July 31, 2016 12:21 pm

يعتبر قسم العاب التلبيس من الأقسام الأكثر زيارة من طرف هواة لعب العاب بنات على موقع العاب بنات الشهير، ومن العاب التلبيس التي تحظى بعدد مرات كبيرة يوميا هذه اللعبة التي بين أيديكم، لعبة تلبيس معلمة، اللعبة الرائعة التي تساعدين فيها معلمتك لتظهر في أبهى حلة ولتنال إعجاب الجميع من زملائها ومدير عملها وكذلك طلابها.

Submitted by TravisHall (not verified) on November 1, 2016 4:09 am

I really appreciate Jim Kenney for providing the best educational services to his school. The community school idea is really good and need to implement in many cities. The cv writers have written about this news in some websites to reach this news to the public.

Submitted by jeux-2 (not verified) on December 23, 2016 1:14 pm

فقد يكون فيها غامبول وصديقه داروين ويعتبروا من مقاتلوا الماء واللاعب الذي يقوم بلعب هذه اللعبة يقوم بمساعدة غامبول وصاحبه بإطلاق بالونات من الماء حتى يتخلصوا من درجة حرارة الماء المرتفعة، ويحافظوا على درجة برودتها والتغلب على درجة الحرارة هذه. تعريف حول العاب غامبول: يعتبر غامبول قط يبلغ عمره إثنا عشر عاما، ويحب المغامرات والقيام بالأفعال الجنونيةلعبة زومالعبة المزرعة السعيدةلعبة من سيربح المليونالعاب مكياج العاب سبونج بوبالعاب ماريو250العاب 250لعبة جاتاالعاب فلاش

Submitted by jeux-2 (not verified) on December 23, 2016 1:24 pm
وفقد تتيح هذه اللعبة للاعب أن يقوم بتجميع الذهب الموجود على السكك الحديدية ومن ثم يتنقل من فوق سطح العربات وبعضها البعض بطريقة سريعا هربا من الظابط الذي يرغب في القبض عليه. طريقة اللعب في لعبة صب واى : تقوم طريقة اللعب في هذه اللعبة على السرعة لدى الشخص الاعب في تحريك الإتجاهات التي يسير فيها العاب بن تنالعاب دوراالعاب كرة قدمالعاب ذكاءالعاب مغامراتالعاب اولاد العاب سونيكالعاب اطفالالعاب توم وجيريالعاب بلياردولعبة الفراخ
Submitted by WilliamTabor (not verified) on March 6, 2017 7:18 am

This is really great idea to implement community schools. I really appreciate him for doing good things to the children. Everybody will support for this cause.


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