“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

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

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An Open Letter to Dr. Hite on Parent Priorities for $45 Million Restored to Philadelphia Schools

Dear Superintendent Hite: This year, our schools opened with a lack of resources any educator would have deemed unimaginable and intolerable. You acknowledged the severity of the situation in a recent interview, describing our schools as “functional types of schools” lacking in the “resources that we typically expect in schools.” This is the reason why … Continue reading

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education
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Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education

Today, Parents United for Public Education and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia fed-exed 260 individual complaints to the PA Secretary of Education about program and curriculum deficiencies we believe to be in violation of the Pennsylvania code. We expect to mail over 130 claims at the end of this week. Nearly 400 complaints … Continue reading

Gloves off: It’s time for parents to exercise our legal rights
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Gloves off: It’s time for parents to exercise our legal rights

As we enter the school year, the purposeful underfunding and abuse of the state-controlled School District has never been more clear: 24 school closings. Children headed to schools even worse off than the ones they attended. Every single school across the city crippled by the deliberate refusal to staff them safely and responsibly. As the … Continue reading

Back to School: It’s so much worse than you think
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Back to School: It’s so much worse than you think

“Philadelphia, Mississippi 1963: No black children allowed in libraries Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013: No school libraries” [This post has been updated: Check our Know Your Rights page to learn how to file a complaint] On Tuesday, dozens of parents came out to District headquarters to finally gain some answers to rumors, questions and fears surrounding the … Continue reading

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Statement on $50 million in (maybe) city funds: It’s still not enough

“It’s not enough” Parents United for Public Education acknowledges the Mayor and City Council for their (albeit confused) efforts to ensure the opening of school, but again, as we said earlier, we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The City may be doing its part to open schools. $50 million is not enough to … Continue reading

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Statement on Philadelphia delegation call for $45 million: It’s not enough

“It’s not enough.”   Parents United for Public Education supports the call of the Philadelphia delegation for the state to immediately release the $45 million due to the Philadelphia public schools, but we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The $45 million is federal money already due to the Philadelphia schools. For the state … Continue reading

Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings
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Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings

Parents United for Public Education has won its state Right To Know request to gain public access to the list of 60 schools identified by the Boston Consulting Group for closure and to the firm’s criteria for school closings – a request for information the District has consistently denied to the public. Last spring, the Boston Consulting Group … Continue reading

What it means for parents to support teachers
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What it means for parents to support teachers

Like many parents across the city, the preliminary release of some of the terms of the Philadelphia teachers contract made me heartsick. For months I had watched city and district leaders make promises about mass school closings – they were necessary for financial viability, they would concentrate resources in remaining schools, they would put more … Continue reading