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Parents United statement on teacher concessions

This morning, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) made the tough decision to agree to a wage freeze and health care contributions. Parents United for Public Education stands with Philadelphia teachers across the city who are making a difference everyday in our classrooms.  We also want to make clear that this means the District’s average … Continue reading

In the news: Philly’s budget crisis goes national
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In the news: Philly’s budget crisis goes national

Philadelphia’s budget crisis makes national news Philadelphia’s budget crisis made the front page of the New York Times under the headline “A City borrows so its schools open on time.” The story featured the voices of Parents United members Tomika Anglin, Leslie Tyler, and Helen Gym. An accompanying photo essay highlighted a town hall on education at … Continue reading

Back to school: “This isn’t reform. This is destruction.”
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Back to school: “This isn’t reform. This is destruction.”

Listening to Superintendent William Hite on “Radio Times” was a harsh wake up call to every parent across the district. He said that the resources given to him will allow Philadelphia to open “functional types of schools”: “On September 9th, we will expect 134,000 young people to return to schools, and when they return to … Continue reading

50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?
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50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?

As we honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, we reflect on the powerful words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his most prophetic and radical: “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism … Continue reading

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Parents United statement on school fundraising

The following statement came out of a number of requests to have Parents United weigh in on recently publicized school efforts to fundraise for basic staff and services amidst the current budget crisis. Parents United for Public Education believes that public education must remain free and available to all children regardless of background. This is … Continue reading

Citywide Parents Meeting: Back to school updates
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Citywide Parents Meeting: Back to school updates

What can parents expect for the first day of school? What are our best strategies to change school resources before school starts? The last 10 days have been a rollercoaster of school ultimatums, dueling press conferences, and protests and actions. Get the latest updates on the schools situation, work with other parents citywide to address … Continue reading