Philly High School Football Team Featured in Documentary

6ABC reports: “Some Martin Luther King High School football players are about to hit the big time. Not in the NFL, at least not yet, but on ESPN. The MLK Cougars are the focus of a documentary, We Could Be King, that will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this week. Cameras followed the players throughout their season as budget cuts forced King to merge with rival Germantown High.”

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Teachers, Activists Aim to Dissolve SRC

KYW Radio reports that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and its allies are seeking a November ballot question that would dissolve the School Resource Commission. The SRC — features a mix of state and city appointees, with a majority appointed by the governor — has been in existence since 2001, when it was created during a state takeover of Philadelphia schools.

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CAPA Principal Allegedly Created Fake History Class, Issued Fake Grades

Broad Street’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has a high-profile reputation for educating the likes of jazz greats Christian McBride and Joey DeFrancesco, Questlove and Black Thought from the Roots, and the members of Boyz II Men. But today, that reputation is being sullied by a bizarre scandal that schools reporter Regina Medina unfolds in the Thursday edition of the Daily News. Read more »

D.A. Wants Parents’ Names, to Crack Down on Truancy

CBS Philly says D.A. Seth Williams wants to contact the parents of chronically truant students in order to end their chronic truancy, natch, but is stymied by a problem: The district won’t hand over the names of those students and their parents, citing federal privacy concerns.

“The letter writing, Williams said, would be the start of his office’s effort, and he said the pressure on parents who willfully ignore warnings of truancy would ramp up, escalating in a worst case to felony charges against the parent,” CBS Philly reports. But a district spokesman told the station that the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is an obstacle to such cooperation.

‘Works Bomb’ Detonated at Philadelphia School

A bomb went off in the yard outside a Feltonville school earlier this week, and a student has been charged. The City Paper‘s Dan Denvir reports the student, whose name has not been released, detonated what’s called a “works bomb” just outside the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences on Wednesday.

What’s a works bomb? It’s a cheap homemade explosive made with toilet bowl cleaner The Works. This now-censored article with directions provides the info — chemicals in bathroom cleaners like The Works mix with the aluminum in tin foil and causes a pretty big explosion.

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Mother of 5-Year-Old Abducted from Philadelphia School Sues District, Teacher

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In January 2013, a woman wearing a burqa walked into a classroom in West Philadelphia’s Bryant Elementary School and walked out with a 5-year-old girl who wasn’t her child, as seen in this school surveillance image. Before the girl was found the next day, half-naked and shivering in the rain, she’d been sexually assaulted. And now, the mother of the young girl is suing the School District of Philadelphia, the School Reform Commission, and the teacher who released the girl to the abductor. Read more »

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