Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice
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Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice

Today, our partners at the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools helped sponsor a City Council hearing on high stakes testing. A capacity crowd turned out for the hearings, which were co-sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla and Council Education Committee Chair Jannie Blackwell. Parents United leader Robin Roberts spoke on behalf of parents everywhere in this outstanding … Continue reading

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Tomika Anglin to PA officials: Reduce inequity. Don’t reinforce it.

Today the Basic Education Funding Commission held the second part of a controversial two-day visit to Philadelphia to collect testimony that will inform the possibility of a funding formula for Pennsylvania’s schools. The Commission had refused to hear from parents, students or community members representing concerns about adequate funding in the Philadelphia public schools. According to a spokesman, … Continue reading

Why we vote: Voting has the power to restore
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Why we vote: Voting has the power to restore

Voting day is today November 4 . Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (Find your poll location here). By all accounts the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race for the first time, will hinge primarily on how voters feel Governor Tom Corbett has served the Commonwealth’s public schools, its children, and the communities who support them. This is a … Continue reading

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Parents United files suit against PA Dept of Ed

(This press release was published by our attorneys at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.  Read more about why we filed here. The full filing is published below.) Philadelphia Parents’ Lawsuit Challenges Failure of PA Dept. of Education PDE neglects to investigate hundreds of allegations documenting severe effects of underfunding Philadelphia, Pa. – Today seven … Continue reading

Coast to coast parent activism: Our busy summer!
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Coast to coast parent activism: Our busy summer!

As summer winds down, it’s hard to move on from summertime BBQs, family outings, long walks, cheering on our kids’ summer sports and rooting for the Taney Dragons baseball team. Here at Parents United, we mixed family with coast-to-coast parent activism that kept us busier than ever building relationships, learning new strategies and highlighting important … Continue reading

Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time
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Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time

“We spend millions of dollars in a broke school district on testing that could and should be prioritized for providing basic safety in our schools, quality personnel and supplies, extracurricular activities, art, music; science kits and lab facilities, and novel cultural projects and programs.” It was an honor to appear on Radio Times and speak … Continue reading

“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan
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“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan

I was deeply moved in watching the final cut of “Revival from the Roots,” a listening tour Parents United did with Media Mobilizing Project and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. We wanted to hear from parents, staff and students who live the consequences of the policies we enact on our public schools. Here we toured … Continue reading