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

What I Will Say to My Son at the Beginning of this Strange New School Year

I’ve been thinking of what to say to my son at the beginning of this strange new school year. Of course he and I have been talking a lot already, most of it in mutually outraged tones about the injustice of the situation. But I feel there is another conversation needed in advance of myContinue reading “What I Will Say to My Son at the Beginning of this Strange New School Year”

Safety First? District plans for safe school opening are lacking

  “To this day, we still have not heard a definitive safety plan for the safe passage of children to and from Lea and Wilson schools. . .  How long does it take to get anything done concerning the most important issue facing school closings – school safety?” – Maurice Jones

In the news: Philly’s budget crisis goes national

Philadelphia’s budget crisis makes national news Philadelphia’s budget crisis made the front page of the New York Times under the headline “A City borrows so its schools open on time.” The story featured the voices of Parents United members Tomika Anglin, Leslie Tyler, and Helen Gym. An accompanying photo essay highlighted a town hall on education atContinue reading “In the news: Philly’s budget crisis goes national”