Update from Harrisburg: “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around”
About Parents United / District budget / Latest campaign / Your vote

Update from Harrisburg: “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around”

  Yesterday, Parents United joined with sister groups across the state and our partners PCAPs, Fight for Philly and Action United to begin an “as long as it takes” sit-in of the governor’s office until the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passes a responsible budget for our schools. The timing couldn’t be more important. On Wednesday, the … Continue reading

“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan
About Parents United / District budget / Latest campaign / Smart stuff

“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.”
About Parents United / District budget / Smart stuff

“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
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

From the White House to Diane Ravitch: A whirlwind week for Parents United
About Parents United / Choice/Charters / District budget

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

Parents are opting out of PSSA tests: Here’s why
About Parents United / High stakes testing

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

A new year: Celebrating parents on the move!
About Parents United / Smart stuff

A new year: Celebrating parents on the move!

Philadelphia’s schools may have faced their greatest challenges this year, but those challenges were met by a powerful force of parent and civic activism that pushed back against a failing schools narrative and demanded the attention and action of the District, the media and our elected officials. Together parents have made public education the number … Continue reading