Friday, December 23, 2011

Delaware County's Chester Upland School District, deep in debt and about to run out of money, cannot expect any immediate help from the state, Pennsylvania's education secretary said in a letter to the school board Thursday.


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Pennsylvania lands $41.3 million for education

Published: Friday, December 23, 2011, 2:00 AM
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced that the Keystone State will receive $41.3 million from the third round of the federal government’s competitive grant program, Race to the Top.  The money is to be applied to school reform initiatives to raise student achievement.  State Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis said half of the grant must be doled out to schools. The rest will be used at the state level for training and technical support that will aid all districts and charter schools.
Some of the grant will be used to institute more rigorous academic standards, Tomalis said.
It will include the development of high-quality online courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields that will available to all students.
Some also will be used to promote high-quality charter schools and provide oversight of these independent public schools.
The state also will break down school-level state test scores to the classroom level. The results will be shared with the public, allowing parents to judge individual teachers’ effectiveness.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/12/pennsylvania_lands_413_million.html

 

State refuses to advance Chester Upland $18.7 million

Delco Times By JOHN KOPP
jkopp@delcotimes.com
CHESTER – The Pennsylvania Department of Education has denied the Chester Upland School District’s request to advance an $18.7 million subsidy scheduled to be paid to the district in June.
District officials said in a public plea last week that the advance would enable the district to meet payroll beyond December. Without it, the worst-case scenario is schools would close, they said.

http://delcotimes.com/articles/2011/12/22/news/doc4ef3a7eac4407301896131.txt

 

State denies more aid to Chester Upland schools

By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Fri, Dec. 23, 2011, 3:01 AM

Delaware County's Chester Upland School District, deep in debt and about to run out of money, cannot expect any immediate help from the state, Pennsylvania's education secretary said in a letter to the school board Thursday.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20111223_State_denies_more_aid_to_Chester_Upland_schools.html

 

Philly schools laying off nurses and others

By Susan Snyder Inquirer Staff Writer, Posted: Fri, Dec. 23, 2011

Forty-seven nurses are being cut from the payroll, reducing the district's allotment to 189. Perloff, who has worked in the district for four years, was 13th from the bottom on the seniority list. Also being cut are library assistants, nonteaching assistants, secretaries, and others.

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20111223_Philly_schools_laying_off_nurses_and_others.html?page=1&c=y

 

Parkland hears charter school proposal

Circle of Seasons would emphasize creativity and imagination.

By Tegan Hanlon, Special to The Morning Call
7:05 p.m. EST, December 21, 2011
Lehigh Valley parents may have another education option for their children come September, contingent upon Parkland School Board approval.
The board held a public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed Circle of Seasons Charter School, which focuses on an arts-based, Waldorf-methods curriculum.

http://www.mcall.com/news/local/parkland/mc-parkland-charter-school-hearing-20111221,0,3856233.story

 

Education Policy and Leadership Center’s Weekly Policy Notebook

EPLC Education Notebook – Wednesday, December 21, 2011

 

Weekly Column: Reflecting on the Education Committee's Work from 2011

Senate Education Committee Chairman Jeff Piccola’s December 21, 2011 Weekly Column

http://piccola.org/press/2011/1211/122111-column.htm

 

Segregated Charter Schools Evoke Separate But Equal Era in U.S.
Bloomberg By John Hechinger - Dec 22, 2011 12:01 AM ET
At Dugsi Academy, a public school in St. Paul, Minnesota, girls wearing traditional Muslim headscarves and flowing ankle-length skirts study Arabic and Somali. The charter school educates “East African children in the Twin Cities,” its website says. Every student is black.
At Twin Cities German Immersion School, another St. Paul charter, children gather under a map of “Deutschland,” study with interns from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and learn to dance the waltz. Ninety percent of its students are white.
Six decades after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down “separate but equal” schools for blacks and whites, segregation is growing because of charter schools, privately run public schools that educate 1.8 million U.S. children.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-22/segregated-charter-schools-evoke-separate-but-equal-era-in-u-s-education.html

 

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Is there a Christmas miracle in school reform debate?

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, and a version was published atDaily Uncensored.
By Paul Thomas
Something profound appears to have occurred — a cosmic shift in the education reform debate that reflects our larger social debates in the United States.
After Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske published a commentary in The New York Times , "Class Matters. Why Won't We Admit It?," and Diane Ravitch blogged "Scrooge and School Reform," several commentators quickly chimed in about the poverty debate in education.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/is-there-a-christmas-miracle-in-school-reform-debate/2011/12/21/gIQA4FocCP_blog.html

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