Service Learning

May 22, 2008

Philadelphia Weekly reports, “It remains to be seen how large a void Safe and Sound will leave.”

Source: Service Learning

Girls’ Gains Have Not Cost Boys, Report Says

May 22, 2008

The New York Times reports, “The American Association of University Women, whose 1992 report on how girls are shortchanged in the classroom caused a national debate over gender equity, has turned its attention to debunking the idea of a ‘boys’ crisis.'”

Source: Girls’ Gains Have Not Cost Boys, Report Says

Half of states’ schools face steep achievement requirements

May 22, 2008

USA Today reports, “Pink slips for principals and teachers. School-funded tutoring for poor kids. Schools are increasingly looking at those kind of consequences for failing to raise math and reading scores.”

Source: Half of states’ schools face steep achievement requirements

Urban education endowment established at Temple

May 16, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Temple University’s founder Russell H. Conwell once spoke of finding “acres of diamonds” in one’s own back yard. It’s a philosophy Bernard C. Watson said he subscribed to during decades of working as an educator at Temple and around the city.”

Source: Urban education endowment established at Temple

Charter’s financial controls faulted

May 16, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Brien N. Gardiner, the founder of Philadelphia Academy Charter School, and the former chief executive officer, Kevin M. O’Shea, were the only people at the school with authority to write checks, and there was no oversight on how the money was spent, according to lawyers hired by the school’s board.”

Source: Charter’s financial controls faulted

City to ask colleges to help boost degrees

May 8, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Mayor Nutter’s chief education officer is planning a major push to get the region’s more than 90 colleges and universities more closely involved in helping to boost the number of city residents who earn a college degree.”

Source: City to ask colleges to help boost degrees

Junk food: bad for students, good for school district budget

May 7, 2008

The Daily News reports, “Banning soda and snack food from the Philadelphia School District in 2006 was meant to make students healthier, but it has also had an unintended effect: the loss of $2 million to $3 million in revenue to the district each year.”

Source: Junk food: bad for students, good for school district budget

An Initiative on Reading Is Rated Ineffective

May 2, 2008

The New York Times reports, “President Bush’s $1 billion a year initiative to teach reading to low-income children has not helped improve their reading comprehension, according to a Department of Education report released on Thursday.”

Source: An Initiative on Reading Is Rated Ineffective

Schools budget disappoints many

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Philadelphia parents and politicians yesterday bemoaned a ‘grim’ schools budget that, they said, offers little hope for comprehensive change without huge increases in funding.”

Source: Schools budget disappoints many

Phila., schools look for shared services

April 29, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia School District and the city are forming a joint task force to study ways to share services and save money.”

Source: Phila., schools look for shared services

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