“Dump the losers”: Where do District and City leaders really stand?
Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying / School closings

“Dump the losers”: Where do District and City leaders really stand?

How shocked should we be really? On Friday, Philadelphia School Partnership’s Mark Gleason embraced a stunningly blunt description of the District’s “portfolio model” at a session of the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. Gleason was attempting to explain why the portfolio model depends on school closings in a system where multiple operators run schools. … Continue reading

Ethics Board responds to Parents United lobbying complaint
Ethics & lobbying / School closings

Ethics Board responds to Parents United lobbying complaint

[Updated]   If it walks like lobbying and talks like lobbying, is it lobbying? That’s the question Parents United for Public Education and our partners asked a year ago to the City Ethics Board regarding an independent contract between the William Penn Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to re-make Philadelphia’s public schools. Our complaint … Continue reading

Is “right to know” the new “pay to play”?
Ethics & lobbying / School closings

Is “right to know” the new “pay to play”?

Pay to play” is a widely reviled practice in government, but that’s effectively what the District’s legal argument would establish through its challenge of an open records case in state court. For more than 10 months, Parents United for Public Education and our lawyers at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia have been fighting to make public … Continue reading

Must watch video of the day: “They’re not just hurting people who lost their jobs. They’re hurting the kids.”
Safe Schools / School closings

Must watch video of the day: “They’re not just hurting people who lost their jobs. They’re hurting the kids.”

Parents at the former Wilson Elementary School in West Philadelphia have been protesting the un-monitored dangerous 1.2 mile walk to their new school, Lea Elementary. Despite bizarrely bloviated promises from the city’s Walk Safe Program – the directors said they would have 260 volunteers present daily for the 24 schools which closed last spring – … Continue reading

Is this our Mayor?
District budget / School closings / War on Teachers / Your vote

Is this our Mayor?

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made an appearance last night on “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC  about the awful decisions made this year about Philadelphia public schools. From mass school closings to reckless charter expansion, from closing schools to opening prisons, from eliminating fundamental education responsibilities to laying off thousands of Philadelphians – what, … Continue reading

Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

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

Public ed heroes of the day: Unsung heroes against mass school closings
School closings

Public ed heroes of the day: Unsung heroes against mass school closings

History is not made only by those with titles and power. It is defined and understood through the heroic actions of many. During the school closings process, PCAPS, the Notebook, and parents at schools like Taylor and McCloskey who successfully staved off their proposed closings, rallied to the cause with plenty of action. Here are a … Continue reading

School closings

Top questions about school closings: “A year of turmoil and uncertainty”

(This post is being updated regularly as new information unfolds) Read the complete list of school closings here. This afternoon the district will announce the closing and consolidation of dozens of schools listed above, setting in motion a year of turmoil and uncertainty for thousands of families across the District. We are deeply concerned about the … Continue reading