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A Unified Victory for Philadelphia’s Schools

Parents United for Public Education praises the work of public education advocates, parents, teachers, students, members of the Philadelphia delegation, Mayor Michael Nutter, and countless Philadelphians who called, wrote letters, made legislative visits, and even sat in at the state capitol to win the passage of HB 1177. This was a unified victory for Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Parents United urges SRC not to take action on “devastating” budget options

As of this writing, Harrisburg legislators have not yet passed a formal budget for the Commonwealth. Currently the Senate and House are reportedly close to approving a budget that would strip tens of millions from the Governor’s (inadequate) and proposed budget for schools. This would mean Philadelphia could stare down a budget gap of around … Continue reading

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Parents United statement on City Council action

Yesterday City Council approved a $27 million borrowing effort and introduced an additional bill for another $30 million in borrowing for the School District for passage in September 2014. These two actions fulfill last year’s promised $50 million which was needed just to open schoolhouse doors last September. City Council earlier had approved the full … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / Latest campaign / Press Releases / Your vote

Munoz-Marin parents: We believe in public schools

Yesterday parent at the Luis Muñoz Marìn School voted last night 223-70 to remain a District public school. The vote mirrored a similar blow-out vote by parents at the Edward T. Steel Elementary last month to also remain a public school. Parents United released the following statement. Parents: We believe in public schools Parents United for Public … Continue reading

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The Only Bold Choice: Parents United statement on delaying the budget vote

Parents United for Public Education statement on delaying the budget vote Last night Superintendent William Hite and the School Reform Commission made a bold move and decided not to pass a devastating school budget until requested revenues are received. In doing so, they put the pressure where it belongs: on our elected officials at the … Continue reading

TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council
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TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council

Today City Council will introduce legislation that will devote 100% of sales tax proceeds to the schools in year one, 75% in year two and 50% for the remaining years. City Council will also push for cigarette tax passage in Harrisburg. Sound familiar? Sure! Because that was supposed to be LAST YEAR’s plan for school … Continue reading

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Statement: Improving voting procedures for 2014 Renaissance process

Parents United for Public Education Suggestions to improve Renaissance Process voting procedures May 5, 2014 Parents United for Public Education has raised serious concerns about the overall Renaissance charter effort. Nevertheless, we supported the District’s decision this year to permit parents to vote on whether their schools should be taken over by charter operators. We … Continue reading