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 wereContinue reading “Call to Action: A State Budget that Restores Funding to Social Services and Public Education”

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 youContinue reading “Our Statement: Any Charter Expansion Continues to Impoverish the District”

Thank You to Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

It was an honor to speak for the clients of PILCOP during their Annual Gala –  A Celebration of Civil Rights. The work that is being done here is vital to ensuring civil rights are being addressed, inequities corrected, and inclusion for all. Here are my remarks: Thank you for the opportunity to speak withContinue reading “Thank You to Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia”

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 outstandingContinue reading “Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice”

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 speakContinue reading “Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time”