Ethics & lobbying / Uncategorized

The “Poor People’s Campaign and its connection to local control 50 years later

MLK Day Speech, Kendra Brooks Prepared for POWER’s A People’s Call to Action January 15, 2018   Four years ago, my community won a fight for public education in this city. This was a fight between the haves and the have-nots for control of a community treasure — a “school”– Edward T. Steel school. Since … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying

Councilwoman Gym’s statement on the Board of Ethics Settlement with Mastery Charter

“Last school year, the School Reform Commission approved Mastery’s bid to take over the Wister School in an unprecedented 11th hour move that went against the recommendation of Superintendent Hite. Now we know that Mastery engaged in an expensive lobbying campaign to ensure that result, in the process tearing apart a community and subjecting school … Continue reading

How crazy were school closings cheerleaders? As crazy as you thought
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

How crazy were school closings cheerleaders? As crazy as you thought

(This post originally appeared at the Public School Notebook. We thank our attorneys at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, especially Ben Geffen and Michael Churchill, for their multi-year dedication to this effort.) What could possibly justify the closing of Northeast High School, the largest school in the city and each year bursting at … Continue reading

Parents United wins school closings FOIA case (again) but it’s not over yet
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

Parents United wins school closings FOIA case (again) but it’s not over yet

This summer the Court of Common Pleas upheld our right to make public the list of 60 schools identified for closure by the Boston Consulting Group as part of the District’s 2012 “Transformation Plan. ” This is the second victory on this case for Parents United and our lawyers at the Public Interest Law Center. In … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / Press Releases

Statement: Improving voting procedures for 2014 Renaissance process

Parents United for Public Education Suggestions to improve Renaissance Process voting procedures May 5, 2014 Parents United for Public Education has raised serious concerns about the overall Renaissance charter effort. Nevertheless, we supported the District’s decision this year to permit parents to vote on whether their schools should be taken over by charter operators. We … Continue reading

Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / Press Releases

Steel parents file grievance against SAC charter vote

Update: A second Steel School Advisory Council member filed a complaint with the charter office, but the complaint was allegedly dismissed because it came after the 8 a.m. deadline. The SAC member Giavoni Gethers forwarded her complaint, a serious one, which is posted below. Yesterday almost 200 families voted in the first ever parent vote about … Continue reading