District budget / War on Teachers

Helen Gym: SRC statement: Going to war on your own soldiers

These remarks were made at the Aug. 15 SRC special meeting which stripped seniority from the teachers’ contract. This means that the District has the right to arbitrarily determine which staff to return to schools based on “need.” The SRC voted unanimously to do so. Last week when you Superintendent Hite issued your ultimatum, parents … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases / School opening

Statement on $50 million in (maybe) city funds: It’s still not enough

“It’s not enough” Parents United for Public Education acknowledges the Mayor and City Council for their (albeit confused) efforts to ensure the opening of school, but again, as we said earlier, we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The City may be doing its part to open schools. $50 million is not enough to … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases / School opening

Statement on Philadelphia delegation call for $45 million: It’s not enough

“It’s not enough.”   Parents United for Public Education supports the call of the Philadelphia delegation for the state to immediately release the $45 million due to the Philadelphia public schools, but we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The $45 million is federal money already due to the Philadelphia schools. For the state … Continue reading

Beyond the $50 million deal: What about the schools our children deserve?
District budget / School opening

Beyond the $50 million deal: What about the schools our children deserve?

Alfie Kohn’s 2000 book titled The Schools Our Children Deserve has become a visionary slogan for public education advocates across the country.  It was the phrase I was thinking of as I listened to last week’s dueling press conferences between the Mayor, the District and City Council about the lack of funding that threatened the … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Schools burn, Guv heads up river
District budget / School opening

Photo of the Day: Schools burn, Guv heads up river

Could this photo be any more iconic of the disconnect between our Governor and the state of schools? On the day that Supt. William Hite announces an unprecedented possible shutdown of Philly schools for a failure of funding, Governor Tom Corbett kicks off his kayaking vacation. The governor is oblivious and far, far away. Psst, … Continue reading