District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

An Open Letter to Dr. Hite on Parent Priorities for $45 Million Restored to Philadelphia Schools

Dear Superintendent Hite: This year, our schools opened with a lack of resources any educator would have deemed unimaginable and intolerable. You acknowledged the severity of the situation in a recent interview, describing our schools as “functional types of schools” lacking in the “resources that we typically expect in schools.” This is the reason why … Continue reading

Philadelphia Schools Partnership seeks private management over student placement
Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying

Philadelphia Schools Partnership seeks private management over student placement

(This blog post was first published at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Read it here) For months, the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) has been working to put in place a new citywide process for placing students in schools. Most troubling is that PSP wants this process to be run by an outside, private entity that is created … Continue reading

Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking
District budget / Safe Schools / School opening

Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking

Our hearts are breaking over the death of beautiful 12 year old Bryant Elementary student Laporshia Massey, who died following an asthma attack that apparently started at school.  We grieve for her entire family and the Bryant community. According to the City Paper, Laporshia became ill during the school day. No nurse was scheduled. Laporshia … Continue reading

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education
Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education

Today, Parents United for Public Education and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia fed-exed 260 individual complaints to the PA Secretary of Education about program and curriculum deficiencies we believe to be in violation of the Pennsylvania code. We expect to mail over 130 claims at the end of this week. Nearly 400 complaints … Continue reading