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February 2010 Vol. 17 No. 4 Focus on School Turnarounds

Waiting for the Renaissance

Photo: Harvey Finkle

Stetson Middle School, at B and Allegheny, is one of seven potential Renaissance Schools that were already turned over to an external manager once before, in 2002.

By by Bill Hangley Jr.

It’s nothing new for Janiece Jones to wonder about the future of her child’s school. 

“It was supposed to be closed down,” she said as she stood in front of the Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School in North Philadelphia. “[Then] they just said that someone was going to try and change the performance of the school.”

The first rumor didn’t come to pass. But the second just might, in potentially dramatic fashion.

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The Renaissance Schools plan: What it all means

The Notebook editors have assembled this list of common questions and answers from School District materials and interviews with District staff. (This is also available in Spanish.)

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Teacher contract is signed; 'Real work begins now'

By by Dale Mezzacappa

The contract negotiated between the District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has been hailed as a major step forward, with words like “groundbreaking,” “historic,” “transformative,” and “bold vision.”

But whether it advances the cause of education reform in Philadelphia will depend on how well the union and administration are able to work together to implement some of its more far-reaching provisions.

“The real work begins now,” said Mayor Michael Nutter.

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