Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform
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Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform

What is behind the attacks on public education and what do they mean for us as parents? Watch Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union break down the corporate ed reform movement and how teachers and parents need to build alliances to fight back and save our schools. Lewis spoke on Saturday to the … Continue reading

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

“Caring for Public Schools, Caring for Democracy”
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“Caring for Public Schools, Caring for Democracy”

Against a backdrop of unprecedented school closings and public ed disinvestment in Philadelphia, journalist and author Barbara Miner will be in town Thursday to share wisdom and hope for our schools’ future from her new book “Lessons from the Heartland: A turbulent half century of public education in an iconic American city.” The event and … 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