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2011-05-23 14:39:00

PHILADELPHIA, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 400 students from the School District of Philadelphia demonstrated ways to teach their peers how to save a life. The teenagers showed their novel projects for teaching skills in performing CPR and using an AED (automated external defibrillator) at an event co-sponsored today by the School District and researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Student Program for Olympic Resuscitation Training in Schools...

2010-12-10 00:00:59

District Offers Students School and Home Access to SAT, PSAT and AP Exam Prep Mountain View, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) December 08, 2010 The School District of Philadelphia has selected online test prep from Shmoop (http://www.shmoop.com) to prepare its students for success on college readiness exams. Teachers and students can access online test prep for the PSAT, SAT and AP Exams anywhere they have Web access "“ at school or home. "Each year, we work to have more students participate in...

2008-08-13 12:00:48

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today said he has named Joseph M. Torsella as chairman of the State Board of Education. Torsella, who joined the board earlier this year, was among 12 board members unanimously confirmed by the state Senate in April. "The State Board of Education is embarking on major initiatives that will impact students for years to come," said Governor Rendell. "For example, it recently made changes to require the state's...

2008-07-24 03:00:52

By Jane M. Von Bergen, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 24--When the program was announced in 2006, it seemed like a perfect solution: Unions, which were short on minority members, would cooperate with the Philadelphia School District to recruit 450 public school graduates into union apprentice programs and then put them to work on $1.7 billion worth of school-construction projects. But, in written testimony presented yesterday to the Mayor's Advisory Commission on Construction Industry...

2008-07-16 15:00:59

The school boards and superintendents of five urban school districts have been chosen to participate in a two-year national training in school board policy best practices, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today. The program, called "Reform Governance in Action," trains the nation's most promising reform-minded school boards and superintendents to become effective, high-performing teams. Modeled after the Harvard Kennedy School's training for new mayors and new members...

2008-07-12 03:00:25

By Martha Woodall and Dan Hardy, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 12--An ongoing federal investigation at Philadelphia Academy Charter School prompted the Rendell administration last week to draft a school-code provision prohibiting charter school administrators from collecting multiple salaries. The federal probe began in April after The Inquirer reported that Brien N. Gardiner, the school's founder and former top administrator, earned $294,500 -- more than most area superintendents --...

2008-07-09 18:00:29

PHILADELPHIA, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- School test scores recently released by the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment reveal that schools partnering with private education management organizations (EMO's) -- including EdisonLearning -- showed greater gains in student achievement than the schools operated by the Philadelphia School District. According to the 2008 PSSA test results, "In Philadelphia schools, all private providers, including EdisonLearning, improved student performance by...

2008-07-02 12:01:01

By Mensah M. Dean, Philadelphia Daily News Jul. 2--Despite the six years of improved student math and reading test scores announced Monday, a shake-up is under way at the School District of Philadelphia. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who last week completed her first month on the job, informed 218 academic coaches that their jobs were eliminated as of this Monday. "From my own investigation and looking at how we spend our resources," Ackerman said yesterday, "one of the things that...

2008-07-01 06:00:41

By Kristen A. Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 1--Philadelphia public schools' test scores are up for a record sixth year in a row -- but more than half of all students are still performing below grade level in math and reading. Touting city children's progress, school district officials yesterday released Pennsylvania System of School Assessment results. Students in third through eighth grade, plus 11th graders, take the exam in reading and math annually. "At the end of the day,...

2008-06-23 03:00:23

By Mensah M. Dean, Philadelphia Daily News Jun. 23--A lot is riding on public forums scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday at the Philadelphia School District's 440 North Broad Street administration building. School officials called the meetings to gauge public sentiment concerning proposals to change its transportation policy to save the cash-strapped district millions of dollars. The downside? If the district's governing School Reform Commission approves either of three proposals...