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Sabotaging our children and our schools

This afternoon, the House GOP leadership announced that it would not return to Harrisburg to vote on a proposed cigarette tax bill that had been delayed in the state Senate. The failure to pass the bill means Philadelphia schools are more than $83 million short of last year’s inadequate funding. This is Parents United’s statement … Continue reading

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A Unified Victory for Philadelphia’s Schools

Parents United for Public Education praises the work of public education advocates, parents, teachers, students, members of the Philadelphia delegation, Mayor Michael Nutter, and countless Philadelphians who called, wrote letters, made legislative visits, and even sat in at the state capitol to win the passage of HB 1177. This was a unified victory for Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Parents United urges SRC not to take action on “devastating” budget options

As of this writing, Harrisburg legislators have not yet passed a formal budget for the Commonwealth. Currently the Senate and House are reportedly close to approving a budget that would strip tens of millions from the Governor’s (inadequate) and proposed budget for schools. This would mean Philadelphia could stare down a budget gap of around … Continue reading

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

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Parents United statement on City Council action

Yesterday City Council approved a $27 million borrowing effort and introduced an additional bill for another $30 million in borrowing for the School District for passage in September 2014. These two actions fulfill last year’s promised $50 million which was needed just to open schoolhouse doors last September. City Council earlier had approved the full … Continue reading

Kids v. Politics
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Kids v. Politics

(This piece was cross-posted at the Public School Notebook)  Yesterday, City Council proved once again that Philadelphia’s school children are second to politicking. Instead of following through on its promise to guarantee the District at least $50 million, a promise it made last August when Supt. William Hite refused to open schools otherwise, City Council’s … Continue reading

Governor Corbett runs from Philadelphia voters – again
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Governor Corbett runs from Philadelphia voters – again

In a large rally yesterday, Parents United for Public Education joined with our partners at PCAPS and PA Working Families to greet Governor Tom Corbett who was trolling for campaign dollars with Gov. Chris Christie at an event hosted by the Republican Governors Association. Originally intended for the Union League, the campaign suddenly switched locations the day of … Continue reading

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Munoz-Marin parents: We believe in public schools

Yesterday parent at the Luis Muñoz Marìn School voted last night 223-70 to remain a District public school. The vote mirrored a similar blow-out vote by parents at the Edward T. Steel Elementary last month to also remain a public school. Parents United released the following statement. Parents: We believe in public schools Parents United for Public … Continue reading

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The Only Bold Choice: Parents United statement on delaying the budget vote

Parents United for Public Education statement on delaying the budget vote Last night Superintendent William Hite and the School Reform Commission made a bold move and decided not to pass a devastating school budget until requested revenues are received. In doing so, they put the pressure where it belongs: on our elected officials at the … Continue reading

TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council
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TODAY! To do list for our day of action targeting City Council

Today City Council will introduce legislation that will devote 100% of sales tax proceeds to the schools in year one, 75% in year two and 50% for the remaining years. City Council will also push for cigarette tax passage in Harrisburg. Sound familiar? Sure! Because that was supposed to be LAST YEAR’s plan for school … Continue reading