Archive: May, 2013
For months, I wondered what would come first: the baby or the budget?
Well, now I know - the baby! My Philadelphia School District coverage is going on hiatus for a few months as I become a first-time mom. (Any day!)
Never fear, though - my ace education reporter colleague Martha Woodall, who writes about charter and private schools, will take over district coverage in my absence, with guest appearances by Sue Snyder, now our higher education reporter. Martha and Sue know the ropes - they have both distinguished themselves in the past for their city schools beat coverage. And I’ll be back in the fall, hopefully only marginally sleep deprived.
A Philadelphia School District third grade class has inspired no less a dignitary than the vice president - yes, of the United States - to use their words to draw national attention to an issue of great importance to them: gun violence.
Hillary Linardopoulos' students at Julia deBurgos Elementary in Fairhill, expert letter writers, penned the missives months ago. On Friday, they became the subject of a new episode of "Being Biden," an audio series produced by the White House. In it, the vice president shares a photo of himself and tells the story behind it.
"My mom used to have an expression: out of the mouths of babes come gems of wisdom," Biden said. "And these little kids, they understand, because they've seen the effects of gun violence in the streets."
UPDATE, 4 p.m.
Well, that was quick! Just received word that the planned protest of a recommended charter non-renewal for Discovery Charter School has turned into a "victory party." Apparently the district and the school have reached an agreement and the recommendation is now to renew Discovery's charter. More details to come.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.
Waving signs, chanting, giving speeches, singing songs, hundreds of fed-up Philadelphia School District students gathered to protest budget cuts over several hours.
Frankford High junior Hector Gonzalez was clear.
The fate of a North Philadelphia charter school will soon be back in the hands of the School Reform Commission after 10 days of testimony concluded Friday.
The Philadelphia School District seeks to shut down the Truebright Science Academy Charter School, citing problems with academic performance and lack of certified teachers. The SRC, in a nonrenewal vote last year, also cited allegations that the charter's board did not respond to concerns of staff or parents.