A Willful, Consistent, and Pervasive Underfunding of Our Public Schools

Statement in Support of the Lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s Governor, General Assembly, and Department of Education for the Willful, Consistent and Pervasive Underfunding of Public Education   Parents United for Public Education fully supports the lawsuit filed today in Commonwealth Court challenging Pennsylvania’s system for financing public education. We applaud the individual students, families, and organizationalContinue reading “A Willful, Consistent, and Pervasive Underfunding of Our Public Schools”

School Report Cards? Not In Our Name

Like many Philadelphia public school parents, I received an email from the district two weeks ago inviting me to weigh in on a new “school report card.”  This report card was billed as a tool to give parents more information to help us make better choices about our schools.  However, the school report card isContinue reading “School Report Cards? Not In Our Name”

Hey City Council: You’re Supposed to Be Better than Harrisburg

Today over 100 parents, students, and community members packed City Council chambers—in the middle of a workday afternoon—and testified for over three hours to demand movement on the liquor-by-the-drink tax.  For weeks, parents and other community members have made thousands of phone calls, sent hundreds of letters, spent hours on lobbying visits, and gathered countlessContinue reading “Hey City Council: You’re Supposed to Be Better than Harrisburg”

Mayor Nutter’s Door

Mayor Nutter didn’t come out the front door of his office in City Hall last night.  I’m sure mayors have good reason to have alternate exit routes available, and it may be that he uses that other door regularly, rather than just yesterday.  I’m not sure, since I’m not in the habit of sitting outsideContinue reading “Mayor Nutter’s Door”

On Public Integrity and Our Ethics Complaint

A few months ago, I made the decision to sign on to a complaint filed with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics.  The complaint, signed by members of Parents United for Public Education, the NAACP, and the Philadelphia Home and School Council, was concerned with the William Penn Foundation’s financing of a private consulting group inContinue reading “On Public Integrity and Our Ethics Complaint”