Apr. 3, 2012,
Philly Charter school founder admits stealing $860,000
By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former board president of a charter school in
Northwest Philadelphia this morning admitted that he
stole $522,000 in taxpayer funds from the school. Hugh C. Clark, 65, who helped establish the New Media Technology Charter
School in 2004, also admitted
defrauding the Wilmington Savings Fund Society of $339,000 when appeared in
U.S. District Court in . Philadelphia
Clark, an attorney who had been scheduled to go to trial on the federal charges this week, informed the court last month that he planned to plead guilty to the 28 counts, instead.
The charges included conspiracy, wire fraud, theft
from a federally funded program, and bank fraud. Ina M. Walker, the school's former chief
Clark's codefendant, pleaded
guilty in January. Sources have said that New Media is among at least 18 area
charter schools that have come under federal investigation since 2008.
moving forward with
cyber academy Bethlehem Area
The Bethlehem Area School District hopes to create a cyber academy where within three years all high school students are taking at least one online class.
Bethlehem plans to offer a cyber school option next year for seventh- through 12th-grade students enrolled in another full-time cyber education program.
Apr. 3, 2012,
Report: Arts classes at elementary schools reduced
CHRISTINE ARMARIO The Associated Press
- Elementary schools without drama classes. High
schools with large numbers of poor students that do not offer music. Those are two of the bleaker pictures that
emerged Monday from a report by the U.S. Department of Education on the state
of arts education. MIAMI
Fewer public elementary schools are offering visual arts, dance and drama classes than a decade ago, a decline many attribute to budget cuts and an increased focus on math and reading. The percentage of elementary schools with a visual arts class declined from 87 to 83 percent. In drama, the drop was larger: From 20 percent to 4 percent in the 2009-10 school year.
You can see the state of arts education report at the
No – the answer is NOT more bubble testing for visual arts, dance and drama classes.
I remember watching when the Berlin Wall fell and thinking what a terrible waste of two generations of human potential; someday we will look back at this era of pervasive high stakes testing and “Race to Nowhere” and truly understand just how incredibly damaging it has been to our kids and to public education. What a stark waste of time, money and human potential…..LAF
US Department of Education
Releases New Report on Arts Education in
Public Schools U.S.
WHAT WORKS: Involving Parents in Partnerships to Boost Student Outcomes
School Boards on the Hill
Group Aims to Counter
Influence of Teachers’ Union in
New York Times By ANNA M. PHILLIPS Published:
April 3, 2012
Leaders of a national education reform movement,
including Joel I. Klein and Michelle Rhee, the former schools chancellors in
New York and Washington,
have formed a statewide political group in with an eye toward being a
counterweight to the powerful teachers’ union in the 2013 mayoral election. New York
The group, called StudentsFirstNY, is an arm of a national advocacy organization that Ms. Rhee founded in 2010. Like the national group, the state branch will promote the expansion of charter schools and the firing of ineffective schoolteachers, while opposing tenure.
schools with the highest Black and Latino enrollment were paid an average of
$14,699 less than teachers in schools with the lowest Black and Latino
enrollment. This gap is the greatest of the top 20 largest school districts in
the country. By comparison, the gap is $8,222 in
City and $950 in , the nation’s two largest districts. The
average gap nationally is $2,251.” Los
What federal civil rights data says about Philadelphia
The notebook by Guest
03 2012 Posted in Community voices
This guest blog post comes from Harold Jordan, Notebook board chair and staff member at ACLU of Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) recently released comprehensive data about the educational opportunity offered to the nation’s public school students. Known as the Civil Rights Data Collection, this dataset draws from a national survey of 72,000 schools serving 85 percent of the nation’s public school students during the 2009-2010 school year. The data include a profile of the School District of Philadelphia, which paints a disturbing picture, especially in the areas of discipline and the equitable assignment of experienced teachers.
Corbett cuts school districts to the core
Patriot News OP-ED By Erica Burg
The Chester Fund presently partners with the district to operate