More than 30,000 Philadelphia students are enrolled in summer classes, a record for the district. The increased enrollment is a result of Paul Vallas' focus on summer school as a way to boost academic achievement.
Despite efforts to recruit minorities and men to the teaching profession, most teachers are predominantly white and female. In 1999-2000, 84% of teachers were white, compared with 61% of students, according to government data.
Most of the students in the Back to School program left traditional school at an early age due to economic circumstances. Applicants outnumber the available spots in the program, and the dropout rate is very low.
The American Library Association next month will call a meeting with makers of Internet filtering technology to ensure the companies make software that can easily be turned on and off. Judith Krug, director of the Office of Intellectual freedom at the ALA, also said the group will demand list of banned sites from the companies.
Edison Schools founder and CEO H. Christopher Whittle says the company is scaling back its ambitions after flirting with financial collapse last year. Whittle, also the founder of controversial closed-circuit educational broadcaster Channel One, is scheduled to appear at 9 p.m. tonight on PBS' "Frontline."