Alongside pictures of African-American heroes and photos of great writers, Christina Puntel, a Spanish teacher at the 200-student Parkway Northwest High School, talks about student achievement.
But she never mentions test scores. Instead, she describes the day her students careened through the halls labeling all the doors in the building, in a race designed to build up their Spanish vocabulary – all to motivate them and generate a “buzz” about learning.
Students eager to bring needed change to the School District held a youth-led Student Summit on Oct. 30 and drew up a platform for reforming the school system.
Nearly 200 students representing 32 district schools gathered at Congregation Rodeph Shalom on N. Broad Street to discuss issues critical to the success of their schools.
Organized by the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) and Citywide Student Government, the summit attracted high school students from both neighborhood and magnet schools.
In her first months as Philadelphia school superintendent, Arlene Ackerman has consistently emphasized how Black and Latino students, particularly males, continue to be at a severe disadvantage despite citywide student achievement gains over the past few years.
Citing financial concerns, the School Reform Commission is not accepting applications for new charter schools at least until spring, causing complaints that the action is preventing eight proposed charter schools from receiving state-awarded planning grants.
The Common School
1838 Horace Mann, Secretary of Massachusetts Board of Education, launches The Common School Journal, pioneering the idea that free public education, with instruction by professional teachers, should be provided in schools for children of all backgrounds.
Sandra Dungee Glenn recuerda gráficamente el momento en que por primera vez se dio cuenta de las desigualdades educativas.
The recent arrest of Home and School Council President Greg Wade for allegedly embezzling from the group is a red flag bringing attention to troubles with the city’s parent organizing efforts. It follows another setback – the demise of the Parent Leadership Academy just months earlier.
It’s time for parent leaders across the city to come together and lay the foundation for a stronger network of organizations giving voice to their concerns.
Despite pressure from No Child Left Behind, changes in the teachers’ contract, some incentives, and a “Campaign for Human Capital,” the School District has been unable to solve one problem that is a big contributor to the academic achievement gap: how to put a high quality teacher in every classroom.
The terms of four of the five members of the School Reform Commission are expiring, giving Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter the chance to set the direction of District leadership for years to come.
Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn and commissioners James Gallagher, Martin Bednarek, and Heidi Ramirez all have terms ending in January. The fifth commissioner, Denise MacGregor Armbrister, was appointed by Rendell to a five-year term in 2007.