The countdown to standardized testing season is looming large at 79 Philadelphia public schools that could face a management overhaul if their test results don't meet state goals on next month's PSSA, Pennsylvania's standardized test.
The pressure on these schools is fueling debate locally about the tough federal education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
A newly renovated disciplinary school, E.S. Miller, opens this month, as the number of students moved to alternative disciplinary schools in Philadelphia continues to soar.
More than 2,700 students now attend one of the five alternative discipline schools in Philadelphia, an increase of over 700 students since the start of the school year, recent data from the District's Office of Transition and Alternative Education show.
Getting community groups to join with schools in efforts to end school violence is the goal of a new citywide campaign, launched in response to the state's naming of 27 Philadelphia schools with high violent incident numbers as "persistently dangerous" last fall.