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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

“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

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

From the White House to Diane Ravitch: A whirlwind week for Parents United
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From the White House to Diane Ravitch: A whirlwind week for Parents United

The past week has been kind of a whirlwind as a host of events converged around our Parents United work seemingly all at once. I thought I’d share a few thoughts about what it’s been like. TEDx Philadelphia By far one of the most intense experiences of my life was going on stage at TEDx … Continue reading