Archive: August, 2012
The Philadelphia School Partnership is halfway to raising $100 million - a lofty goal it set when the nonprofit began two years ago.
PSP was established to help high-performing city schools regardless of type: public, charter or private.
PSP executive director Mark Gleason was set to make the announcement on Thursday afternoon, flanked by Mayor Nutter and members of the School Reform Commission.
Kristen A. Graham
Kristen Graham is live tweeting a major announcement today by the Philadelphia School Partnership, which pledged two years ago to raise $100 million for Philadelphia schools. The annoucement was set to start at 1 p.m. today. On a mobile phone? Click here to follow.
The Philadelphia School District has severed ties with a for-profit alternative education company that runs alternative schools in the region.
Delaware Valley High School, which laid off its staff in July, will no longer run a disciplinary school and a program for at-risk students, as it has in the past, district officials said.
“Due to business reasons, the district decided not to enter into a new contract with DVHS,” said spokesman Fernando Gallard said Wednesday.
Kristen Graham and David O'Reilly
In a radical, and nationally unprecedented, change to its 120-year-old education system, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is handing over management of its secondary and special education schools to an independent foundation.
The recently-incorporated Faith in the Future Foundation aims to not only maintain but also grow a Catholic school system hit hard by declining enrollments, deficits and closings. It will manage 17 high schools and four special education schools, according to the terms of a five-year contract recently signed by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.
It will be the first independently-managed Catholic school system in the country.
Kristen A. Graham
Today at 11 a.m., Inquirer schools reporter Kristen Graham will be live tweeting an Archdiocese of Philadelphia announcement about Catholic education. Details to come. Follow along here. On a mobile device? Click here to follow her tweets.
Many students, teachers and community members have made it clear - they don't like the Boston Consulting Group's recommendations for overhauling the troubled Philadelphia School District. They think the $4.4 million in private donations paid to the group was too much, and that the plan bypasses the on-the-ground wisdom of people who actually work in and attend city schools.
On Thursday, a group led by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change and Action United said they would work to develop an alternative - a grassroots plan for the district.
"As a youth leader, I come here today to tell you there are other options," said Kiara Garcia, a sophomore at Kensington CAPA High School. "After years of being ignored, we are here to say: We will develop a plan that works for our district."
Tonight's the August meeting of the School Reform Commission, and the big-ticket item on the agenda is the new student code of conduct, which is scheduled to be adopted by the SRC. Commissioner Lorene Cary, who heads the safety commitee, helped craft the new policy.
Also up for consideration: renaming Kensington Culinary High School - it will now be known as Kensington Health Sciences Academy.
Follow along here as I live Tweet the proceedings. (Follow me on Twitter, too!) The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30, and you can also watch the livestream on the district's website, if you're interested.