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Smart read of the day: Lisa Haver on why real accountability only goes one way

“The question then is:  Is accountability applicable only to those in the classrooms? Why do we not hold those in leadership positions accountable?  It is the responsibility of the Superintendent and the SRC to make sure that we have a functioning system which meets all of the needs of our students.  It is their responsibility … Continue reading

District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

Press Release: Schools will open but are they schools?

(On Friday, Superintendent William Hite, after weeks of speculation, announced that the Philadelphia schools will open on time. He also announced another $30 million in additional proposed cuts. An SRC vote on reducing SEPTA transpasses for high school students will be on Thursday.) Parents United for Public Education appreciates Superintendent William Hite’s stand to support … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases / Your vote

Sabotaging our children and our schools

This afternoon, the House GOP leadership announced that it would not return to Harrisburg to vote on a proposed cigarette tax bill that had been delayed in the state Senate. The failure to pass the bill means Philadelphia schools are more than $83 million short of last year’s inadequate funding. This is Parents United’s statement … Continue reading

District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / Your vote

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

District budget / Press Releases

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

District budget / Press Releases

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

Kids v. Politics
District budget / Your vote

Kids v. Politics

(This piece was cross-posted at the Public School Notebook)  Yesterday, City Council proved once again that Philadelphia’s school children are second to politicking. Instead of following through on its promise to guarantee the District at least $50 million, a promise it made last August when Supt. William Hite refused to open schools otherwise, City Council’s … Continue reading