Trib Live by JAMIE MARTINES | Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 1:51 p.m.
John Davidson still remembers the date: February 11, 2011. That’s the day his boss, Mastery Charter Schools CEO Scott Gordon, called him with a simple message. “It’s a go,” Davidson recalls Gordon saying. Davidson, an assistant principal for school culture at Mastery’s Lenfest campus, had been lobbying Gordon and other administrators at Philadelphia’s largest charter network to start a football program. The purpose wasn’t to achieve gridiron glory, but instead to retain students who’d been leaving Mastery for high schools with stronger sports programs. “A lot of our young men were leaving in high school,” Davidson said. Football, Davidson argued, would keep kids engaged and enrolled. The Mastery brass agreed, and in the fall of 2011 students from five network campuses merged to form the Mastery North Pumas. That same year, Mastery inherited another football squad, the Bulldogs of Simon Gratz High School. Mastery took over the troubled North Philadelphia school as part of the School District of Philadelphia’s Renaissance initiative, which converts struggling traditional public schools into charters.
Trib Live WES VENTEICHER | Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 6:18 p.m.
Sway Calloway and VH1 Save The Music Foundation discuss the mental and emotional benefits of music programs for kids.
Charter, funding issues in N.J., Va., Wash. state
Education Week By Daarel Burnette II November 10, 2017
The Democratic gains in this week's New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington elections will have repercussions in all three states in their long-simmering debates over the expansion of charter schools, school funding, testing, and other K-12 issues. And the political maneuvers used by education policy advocates to animate moderate voters over those issues could provide a script for other states next year when 38 governorships and four-fifths of state legislative seats are up for election. Currently, more than 25 state capitals are completely controlled by Republicans, while Democrats hold both the governorships and legislatures in just seven states. That control will have big implications for K-12 in coming years, with governors and state lawmakers taking on added power to shape their states' education agendas in the era of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
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