State pensions: The storm is approaching fast
Community Charter: Drawing praise,
money, criticism Chester
By Dan Hardy Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sun,
Mar. 18, 2012,
A look inside
's largest charter Pa.
A group of well-mannered kindergarten students
navigate a brightly decorated hallway of the
as principal Christine Matijasich looks on. Chester Community
"Don't forget: Fingers on lips, hands on hips," Matijasich says as the children file by quietly.
The charter school, it seems, is an island of order
in a sea of troubles, surrounded by the struggling
remains on life support through June. Chester Upland
Backers hold it up as the epitome of charter success, a school that outperforms the district where most of its student live. But others see it as a financial drain that's sinking the district. Chester Upland this year is paying the charter $36 million, more than a third of its budget.
Critics also challenge its academic achievements, especially in light of an ongoing state investigation into possible state test score cheating, and question how much the owner's management company is getting to run the school.
Virtual schools face increased attention of politicians, researchers
by thenotebook on
Mar 16 2012
The Notebook has a content-sharing agreement with
Education Week, where this piece originally appeared as part of an edition
focused on virtual learning. For-profit and nonprofit providers operate and
support cyber charter schools in
which have been receiving attention recently. Pennsylvania
Education Week by Ian Quillen
As researchers, politicians, and the general public have begun to question the results of fully online virtual schooling, private providers—particularly for-profit companies—that supply curriculum, content, and sometimes instruction and school management for online education are facing the most scrutiny.
“You just have to close your eyes”
You can choose to look away, Governor Corbett.
Here are over 300 articles since January 23rd from
local newspapers in every corner of
detailing the budget cuts, elimination of programs, loss of jobs and tax
increases being discussed by school boards in response to a second year of
proposed state cuts to public education funding. Pennsylvania
This is March Madness
March 16, 2012
This week parents at our school were trying to figure out how to buy copy paper and pencils so that we could keep our librarian and music teacher, at least part time. Crazy conversations like this are taking place in schools all over the state at the same time Governor Corbett is arguing that he increased funding to public education. And it's not even April Fools Day for two more weeks.
The Auditor General will speak to the public followed by Q & A Session.
Research for Action responds to the What Works Clearinghouse
Statement on the
Clearinghouse Rating of Renaissance Schools Initiative: 18 Month Interim Report Institute of Education
Research for Action Posted by Alison Murawski on
Mar 16, 2012 in
March 16, 2012 – The What
Works Clearinghouse (WWC) yesterday released a rating of Research for Action’s
most recent evaluation of ’s
Renaissance Schools Initiative. The rating – does not meet WWC’s evidence
standards – was assigned with the explanation that “the Renaissance schools and
comparison schools did not have similar achievement levels in the year before
the Renaissance Schools Initiative began. Therefore, any changes in student
achievement or attendance cannot be attributed solely to the implementation of
the Renaissance Schools Initiative.” However,
further explanation is required to clarify the WWC’s rating. Philadelphia
Read more: http://www.researchforaction.org/2012/03/16/statement-on-the-institute-of-education-scienceswhat-works-clearinghouse-rating-of-renaissance-schools-initiative-18-month-interim-report/
Jim is an engineer and school board member in suburban Philly….
Rich Student, Poor Student…Our Next Horizon
Jim Butt’s Blog Posted on
March 18, 2012 by Jim Butt
While I do not for one second believe we are done addressing the racial achievement gap, a new report linked and discussed in this recent article suggests that we clearly have a serious challenge ahead in removing the socioeconomically-driven gap in student achievement.
A new poverty-doesn’t-really-matter-much argument
“Perhaps the notion of pay for performance would make sense if schools were allowed to operate like businesses. But they're not. Public schools by law must enroll all students who show up at their doors regardless of their ability or motivation, and they can't be expelled except for the most egregious behavior.”
Pay Teachers Like CEOs
Has your board considered this draft resolution yet?
PSBA Sample Board Resolution regarding the budget
Please consider bringing this sample resolution to the members of your board.
Christopher McGinley, Superintendent,
Nofre Vaquer, Director, ARC of Philadelphia
Hiram Rivera, Executive Director, Philadelphia Student Union
Dale Mezzacappa, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Dan Hardy, Contributing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Please RSVP by March 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org