Call to Action: A State Budget that Restores Funding to Social Services and Public Education
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Call to Action: A State Budget that Restores Funding to Social Services and Public Education

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a meeting of the Philadelphia delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Present were 22 state representatives, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas, Mayor Michael Nutter, City Council president Darrell Clarke, SRC members, and Superintendent William Hite, among many others. The topics were … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / District budget / Smart stuff

Our Statement: Any Charter Expansion Continues to Impoverish the District

This statement is in response to the School Reform Commission special meeting for charter applications February 18th. “I too believe in OPTIONS. Fair options like being able to send my children to schools that are safe with the basic items are provided like books, nursing, counselors, and adequate staffing. Yet under the current budget you … Continue reading

Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice
About Parents United / High stakes testing / Smart stuff

Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice

Today, our partners at the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools helped sponsor a City Council hearing on high stakes testing. A capacity crowd turned out for the hearings, which were co-sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla and Council Education Committee Chair Jannie Blackwell. Parents United leader Robin Roberts spoke on behalf of parents everywhere in this outstanding … Continue reading

Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time
About Parents United / High stakes testing

Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time

“We spend millions of dollars in a broke school district on testing that could and should be prioritized for providing basic safety in our schools, quality personnel and supplies, extracurricular activities, art, music; science kits and lab facilities, and novel cultural projects and programs.” It was an honor to appear on Radio Times and speak … Continue reading

Surviving my first week: “This school year will be a marathon”
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Surviving my first week: “This school year will be a marathon”

If you are interested in filing a complaint with the PA Dept. of Education about educational deficiencies in your child’s school, please check out our Know Your Rights Toolkit here! I was not enthusiastic about the start of this school year. I am well aware of the lack of funding and staffing in District schools. … Continue reading