I plunked down a buck for today’s Inquirer and got treated to an upset stomach. As someone considering public school options, seeing 4 separate stories on our troubled schools was quite upsetting. Grab your Pepto-Bismol and read on.
- Assault on Learning: 7 part Inquirer investigation on school violence (part 2 “Violence Unreported” was published today)
The district’s 32 neighborhood schools, in 2009-10, varied widely in reporting assaults to Philadelphia police. Some schools notified police about most assaults, while others reported as few as three out of 10.
- Editorial: How I learned not to call Ackerman at home | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/28/2011
School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s recent punishment of teacher Hope Moffett reminded the NAACP’s Jerry Mondesire of “royal vengeance.” His comment made me think of my own run-in with the woman one writer dubbed “Queen Arlene.”
- Corbett Plan Riles Advocates of Full Day Kindergarten | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/28/2011
Corbett wants to cut funding for public schools by 11 percent, a prospect that leaves districts scrambling to figure whether they can preserve full-day kindergarten.
- Safety Post Still Needed, Former Advocate Says | Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/28/2011
“Things have gotten worse, not better,” he said. “You can’t address the problem until you’re honest about it, and the district is not honest about it.”