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September 26, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Powel Elementary, a tiny K-4 public school in West Philadelphia, has long been regarded as an oasis in its neighborhood - a safe and strong school where children achieve. But parents often worry: With a dearth of good post-Powel options, what happens after children finish fourth grade? They got a boost Monday when the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) awarded Powel a grant to plan to add a fifth grade and develop a brand-new middle school modeled after Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012
DEAR READERS: Involvement in after-school enrichment is making a positive impact on the lives of many Philadelphia children, and they are eager to show the way to others. Senior Mohamed Marzouk, an enthusiastic debater at Science Leadership Academy, will put his debate knowledge to good use. He plans to volunteer as an assistant coach at a middle-school debate program to pay it forward. "I wanted to help kids because I was never given the chance to debate when I was in middle school," he said.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer
THE NUMBER of "persistently dangerous" schools in the Philadelphia School District has dropped for the second year in a row, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. The city's persistently dangerous schools have dwindled from 10 last year to six this year: Beeber Middle School, in Overbrook; Douglas High School, in Port Richmond; Frankford High School; Kensington Business High School; Lincoln High School, in Mayfair; and Strawberry Mansion High School.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When New Jersey approved nine new charter schools on Monday, it also announced a new accountability system aimed at setting uniform standards to evaluate the success of charters over time. The annual "Performance Framework" will examine academic achievement, financial performance, and governance in the state's 86 charter schools. Schools will do a self-review, evaluated by the state. Previously, the state simply relied on each school's initial application plan to hold the schools accountable, said Barbara Morgan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education.
NEWS
July 1, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Four seventh-grade boys from upstate New York who were caught on video mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor have received their punishment. The school system in the Rochester suburb of Greece says it will suspend the middle school students from school and from using regular bus transportation for a year for bullying Karen Klein. The students will be transferred to a special alternative education program because the district is legally required to give the students an education.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2012 | Jon Takiff
THE FIRST DAY of classes at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School last fall had "kind of an Oprah moment," recalled Jason Corosanite. All 250 of the school's sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were gathered at its Broad and Oregon location. Each was presented with an iPad to use throughout the school year. "You could hear the shrieks for blocks," said Corosanite. Clearly, it's not every student who gets to start (as opposed to end) the school term with the chant "no more books.
NEWS
June 8, 2012 | By Martha Woodall and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia School District has lost another legal battle over capping charter school enrollment. Commonwealth Court ruled Monday that the state Department of Education was correct when it decided to withhold more than $400,000 in state funding from the district and send the amount to the Freire Charter School in Center City in a dispute over the number of students permitted to attend. A 2008 state law prohibits districts from capping charter school enrollment unless the school agrees.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | BY ALI WATKINS
The American political dance has the tendency to transform even the most upstanding citizens into prepubescent teenagers. From Bill Clinton to Anthony Weiner, Washington does weird things to those who run it. And, for the most part, the American public is used to our revered democracy functioning on adolescent principles. But Mitt Romney took the presidential brawl — I mean, race — to a new low with his commandment to supporters: Go forth and heckle. "If the president is going to have his people coming to my rallies, and heckling, why, we'll show them that, you know, we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does," the imminent Republican nominee told supporters outside an event at Solyndra headquarters, according to CNN. Was I the only one who didn't realize that the savvy businessman-turned-governor was a 12-year-old in disguise?
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Persistently low test scores placed one of Camden's six charter schools on the state's new "priority list" of the lowest-performing schools last month, and a recent review of Freedom Academy Charter School just landed it on probation status. The middle school, which opened in 2004, could have its charter revoked if it does not implement a remedial plan by mid-August and if its academic performance does not improve, according to a letter from the state sent to Freedom Academy officials last week.
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