State Education Secretary Pedro Rivera is returning to Central Career & Technical School.
The Erie School District still is working through the numbers, but it appears poised to ask for an additional $10 million to $15 million in state aid in its revised financial recovery plan, due at the end of the month. The district said it needs the extra money to complete its massive reconfiguration plan without further cutting programs and to carry out one of the plan’s signature elements — the construction of a magnet school wing at Central Career & Technical School. “That is the only way any of this is going to work — if we have a permanent adjustment,” said Brian Polito, the Erie School District’s chief financial officer and incoming superintendent. Polito outlined the need for the “permanent adjustment,” or an indefinite annual boost in state aid, in an interview and at the Erie School Board meeting on Wednesday night. Polito said he and the district’s state-appointed financial advisers, Public Financial Management, of Philadelphia, are developing the revised financial recovery plan, but that he believes the request will amount to $10 million to $15 million. He said he and PFM are also coming up with proposals to increase revenue and decrease expenses over the next several years, and that the revised financial recovery plan will include those measures.
A Mastery principal and organizer sees progress—and much work to do—in his efforts to recruit effective black male teachers
Philadelphia Citizen BY SHARIF EL-MEKKI MAY. 04, 2017
Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. El-Mekki will be contributing regular columns from the school front lines this year.
“Mr. El-Mekki, I’ve been thinking. I want to be a teacher.”
In my 24 years as an educator, I’ve never tired of hearing this from any of my former students. But when an African American male student, like Rasheen Hill, tells me this during a recent visit to his high school alma mater, I feel a special pride that comes with a re-energized, palpable hope for better days for future generations. A pride that’s grounded in rigorous research. The much-discussed and written-about Johns Hopkins University study on the long-term positive impacts of same-race teachers reinforces what a lot of us educators—and all members of The Fellowship (Black Male Educators for Social Justice)—have known a very long time. Students matched with a same-race teacher not only benefit from more favorable teacher perceptions, they also perform better on standardized tests and graduate from high school at higher rates. Just exposure to a same-race teacher increases the likelihood that African American students will want to go to college. Students matched with a same-race teacher not only benefit from more favorable teacher perceptions, they also perform better on standardized tests and graduate from high school at higher rates. Just exposure to a same-race teacher increases the likelihood that African American students will want to go to college. That this impact was shown to be even more significant among children from the most economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods is not just a research footnote for us.
MAY 06 - BMEC 6: Black Male Educators Convening
by The Fellowship and Edcamp Foundation
When: Sat, May 6, 2017 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center 1755 N. 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
Join us for our first Black Male Educators Convening that’s run Edcamp-style: organic, participant-driven and always professional. All topics and discussions are generated collaboratively on the day of the event by all of the learners in attendance.
Details and Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bmec-6-black-male-educators-convening-tickets-33400018354
“Under a system created during Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration, eighth graders can apply anywhere in the city, in theory unshackling them from failing, segregated neighborhood schools. Students select up to 12 schools and get matched to one by a special algorithm. This process was part of a package of Bloomberg-era reforms intended to improve education in the city and diminish entrenched inequities. There is no doubt that the changes yielded meaningful improvements. The high school graduation rate is up more than 20 points since 2005, as the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has built on Mr. Bloomberg’s gains. The graduation gap between white and black or Hispanic students, while still significant and troubling, has narrowed.
But school choice has not delivered on a central promise: to give every student a real chance to attend a good school. Fourteen years into the system, black and Hispanic students are just as isolated in segregated high schools as they are in elementary schools — a situation that school choice was supposed to ease.”
The Broken Promises of Choice in New York City Schools
The city’s high school admissions process was supposed to give every student
a real chance to attend a good school. But 14 years in, it has not delivered.
New York Times By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS and FORD FESSENDEN MAY 5, 2017
It was a warm Sunday morning, the breeze sweeping aside the last wisps of summer, and 31 students from Pelham Gardens Middle School in the Bronx had signed up to spend the day indoors, at a showcase for New York City’s public high schools. The annual fair kicks off the city’s high school application season in September, and Jayda Walker, 13, arrived with a plan. An eager young woman with an easy smile, Jayda wants to be a divorce lawyer, and at the fair, held at Brooklyn Technical High School, she planned to focus on schools with a legal theme, located in Manhattan. She had already looked through the high school directory, an intimidating tome the size of an old-fashioned phone book, and thought Manhattan offered more variety. Besides, she said, she wanted to get out of the Bronx. She and her classmates arrived early and were at the front of the line, with hundreds of people behind them eager to get inside. But for many of the students from Pelham Gardens, and others like them, it was already too late. The sorting of students to top schools — by race, by class, by opportunity — begins years earlier, and these children were planted at the back of the line.
Electing PSBA Officers; Applications Due June 1
All persons seeking nomination for elected positions of the Association shall send applications to the attention of the chair of the Leadership Development Committee, during the months of April and May an Application for Nomination to be provided by the Association expressing interest in the office sought. “The Application for nomination shall be marked received at PSBA Headquarters or mailed first class and postmarked by June 1 to be considered and timely filed.” (PSBA Bylaws, Article IV, Section 5.E.).
Open positions are:
All terms of office commence January 1 following election.
- Friday, May 5, 7:30-9 a.m. — Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr, Schnecksville, PA 18078
- Monday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. — CTC of Lackawanna Co., 3201 Rockwell Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508
- Tuesday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. — PSBA, 400 Bent Creek Boulevard, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Wednesday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. — Lycoming CTC, 293 Cemetery Street, Hughesville, PA 17737
- Thursday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. — Chestnut Ridge SD, 3281 Valley Road, Fishertown, PA 15539
Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Kristen Swanson, Director of Learning at Slack and one of the founding members of the Edcamp movement
*Leadership for Learning
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