Seven cities in 2½ weeks. Sound like a touring schedule for a rock band? Nope. Try a high school reform task force from Pittsburgh.
October 18, 2006 – Education Week
The three school shootings that left a principal and six students dead in less than a week have sparked a barrage of pledges from national and state political leaders to tighten campus security. But school safety experts urged caution against overreacting to the horrific, but rare, incidents in rural schools in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
October 11, 2006 – Education Week
The Amish in Lancaster County, Pa., are not likely to respond to the fatal shootings in one of their schools by adding technology for security, according to scholars of Amish society.
October 11, 2006 – Education Week
Researchers who study children and schooling are often constrained by the data sets they use. School district data, for instance, yield valuable information on students’ ages, their achievement history, and their educational placements, but they don’t tell the whole story.
October 4, 2006 – Education Week
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A gleaming white building on the edge of a blighted West Philadelphia neighborhood, the $62 million school garnered wide attention when it opened this month, in part because of its technological bells and whistles. Those futuristic features include a tablet personal computer for each student, interactive digital whiteboards, a supercharged wireless network, customized educational software, and digital “smart cards” to open lockers and pay for meals—all making possible a virtually paperless environment.
September 20, 2006 – Education Week
Philadelphia is marking Constitution Day with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the district’s new high school named for the founding document. Some 110 9th graders make up the first cohort of students at Constitution High School in downtown Philadelphia, which opened last week.
September 13, 2006 – Education Week
Distinguished educators are assigned by the state to help low-scoring districts in Pennsylvania. Part of Education Week's special annual report, Leading for Learning.
September 13, 2006 – Education Week
The School Reform Commission that governs the Philadelphia public schools voted 3-2 last week to extend the contract of Chief Executive Officer Paul G. Vallas by three years. Mr. Vallas, who has managed the 200,000-student district for four years, will be paid $275,000 a year, up from $250,000 under his old contract, and will be eligible for performance bonuses and a “retention bonus” for each year he completes under the contract.—ANN BRADLEY
August 30, 2006 – Education Week
Riding a wave of national concern about high schools, Pennsylvania has expanded a pilot program that seeks to boost academic rigor for high school students and create clearer connections to college and work through a revamped counseling system.
July 26, 2006 – Education Week
Precollegiate education will get a big boost under Pennsylvania’s 2006-07 budget.
July 12, 2006 – Education Week

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