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Parent Voice / Special Education

Call to Action: Did your child experience significant teacher vacancies during 2015-16/ 2016-17 school years? Public Interest Law Center would like to speak with you.

The Law Center is interested in speaking with parents/guardians whose children were enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia during the 2015-2016/2016-2017 school years in special education programs that experienced significant teacher vacancies (List of Schools for Plaintiff identification purposes) and who were not granted compensatory education related to those vacancies. This may include, but is not limited … Continue reading

High stakes testing / Press Releases / War on Teachers

Our statement: We support the right to opt out

This statement is in response to news that the School District of Philadelphia may begin disciplinary action toward teachers who had informed parents of their opt out rights around high stakes testing. The District move follows this City Paper article announcing that 17% of students at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences refused to take … Continue reading

Press Releases / Safe Schools / War on Teachers / Your vote

Statement: Students deserve an apology – not insults

Last month the School District of Philadelphia hosted a screening of the controversial film “Won’t Back Down” (read Helen Gym’s review of the movie here) shortly after the School Reform Commission took unprecedented action to revoke the teachers’ contract. Students conducted a protest of the film screening. It went downhill from there. According to this video, … Continue reading

Parent Voice / Safe Schools

The Aftermath: Time for an Emergency Procedure policy

This past May, there was a horrific bus accident involving eighth grade students, staff and parents of Charles W. Henry Elementary school. All 30 passengers and driver were injured when a car collided with the charter bus and eventually overturned on I-95. http://thenotebook.org/articles/2017/05/15/henry-school-bus-crash-injures-dozens-some-critically http://www.philly.com/philly/education/CW-Henry-bus-accident-class-trip-DC-critical-Maryland.html It is understood that this was indeed an accident. However, everything … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying

Councilwoman Gym’s statement on the Board of Ethics Settlement with Mastery Charter

“Last school year, the School Reform Commission approved Mastery’s bid to take over the Wister School in an unprecedented 11th hour move that went against the recommendation of Superintendent Hite. Now we know that Mastery engaged in an expensive lobbying campaign to ensure that result, in the process tearing apart a community and subjecting school … Continue reading

About Parents United / District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / Uncategorized

Parents United suit against PA Dept. of Education establishes a defined process to file & investigate complaints

(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.) Pa. Department of Ed. Establishes First-Ever Curriculum Complaints Process Pennsylvania parents have new pathway to ask the state to investigate curriculum deficiencies The Pennsylvania Department of Education … Continue reading