When Ed Reformers speak: “Schools shouldn’t have a right to exist”
Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying / War on Teachers

When Ed Reformers speak: “Schools shouldn’t have a right to exist”

The Philadelphia School Partnership was founded with a mission “to accelerate” the pace of education reform in Philadelphia and to raise $100 million to wield its agenda. So why has PSP in its short tenure here become such a polarizing institution? Hmm . .  could it be the fact that they: Have prominent voucher advocates on … Continue reading

“These are not budget cuts. These are human rights abuses happening to children in our own city.”
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“These are not budget cuts. These are human rights abuses happening to children in our own city.”

The American Educational Research Association national meeting came to Philadelphia last weekend and Parents United members were featured at a number of events. Parents Robin Roberts, Tonayia Coffer and Tomika Anglin represented Parents United at a special Division K reception hosted by Drexel University at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Sabra Townsend joined a panel of speakers … Continue reading

Parents United statement in support of Steel Elementary School
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Parents United statement in support of Steel Elementary School

Parents United for Public Education fully endorses the concerns of parents and community members of Steel Elementary School who are outraged over what is effectively an 8-day process to determine if Steel remains a neighborhood public school or not. More than 100 parents came out on April 8 to hear the District speak for the first time about … Continue reading

Robin Roberts on testing, killing the joy of learning on Radio Times
About Parents United / High stakes testing

Robin Roberts on testing, killing the joy of learning on Radio Times

We are so proud of Parents United leadership member Robin Roberts, who was a voice of sanity on “Radio Times” yesterday morning. She talked about how tests don’t measure learning, how they stifle creativity, how much time they take up, and how little they do to assist schools that are struggling. Listen to the whole interview here, … Continue reading

Don’t Miss! Rally for School Funding 3/27 and GOTV 3/29
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Don’t Miss! Rally for School Funding 3/27 and GOTV 3/29

TODAY! Tax the Frackers, Fund our schools! FUND OUR SCHOOLS/TAX MARCELLUS SHALE RALLY Thursday, MARCH 27 @ 4 PM 440 N. Broad Street (rain location, SDP auditorium) WHO: STATE SENATOR VINCENT HUGHES and ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS WHY: Our schools have been devastated by nearly $1 billion in cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budgets. To repair … Continue reading

Parents are opting out of PSSA tests: Here’s why
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Parents are opting out of PSSA tests: Here’s why

Today’s front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer features several Parents United members including our own Robin Roberts on why her children are opting out of the PSSA tests which begin this week. By Roberts’ count, her third grader was going to spend six school days – at least 12 hours – taking state standardized tests beginning this month … Continue reading

Day of Action for Philadelphia schools!
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Day of Action for Philadelphia schools!

In conjunction with Education Voters PA, Parents United supports a Day of Action for Philadelphia schools. Our children continue to be short-changed because of a failure to provide adequate resources to schools. Without sufficient funding, our schools can’t provide the basic programs and services our children need to have an opportunity to learn. The state budget … Continue reading

Inspiring post of the day: North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. William Barber are delivering THE message of our times
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Inspiring post of the day: North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. William Barber are delivering THE message of our times

Need inspiration? Look no further than yesterday’s 80,000-100,000 (you read that right) person massive Moral March in North Carolina. Born out of a months long Moral Mondays movement that is transforming politics, not just in North Carolina, but for all of us as a nation, the movement has merged those fighting for public education with those … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases / Your vote

Corbett budget: “A paltry handout”

Last week Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposal for the PA state budget. The proposal claims to put in close to $400 million into education. However on closer scrutiny, none of that money supports the basic education budget, the amount of money going without strings attached to school districts. After years of deprivation under Governor … Continue reading

Campaign: Parking Authority windfall should be win-win for Philadelphia
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Campaign: Parking Authority windfall should be win-win for Philadelphia

What public agency has more than $230 million in revenues and some of the highest salaries in town, but doesn’t feel like sharing a $75 million windfall with the schools it’s supposed to help fund? Yup. That would be the Philadelphia Parking Authority. This spring, the PPA will put up for sale the first of … Continue reading