Ethics Board responds to Parents United lobbying complaint
Ethics & lobbying / School closings

Ethics Board responds to Parents United lobbying complaint

[Updated]   If it walks like lobbying and talks like lobbying, is it lobbying? That’s the question Parents United for Public Education and our partners asked a year ago to the City Ethics Board regarding an independent contract between the William Penn Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to re-make Philadelphia’s public schools. Our complaint … Continue reading

Is “right to know” the new “pay to play”?
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

Is “right to know” the new “pay to play”?

 (This piece is a cross-posting of my article that originally appeared at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook) Pay to play” is a widely reviled practice in government, but that’s effectively what the District’s legal argument would establish through its challenge of an open records case in state court. For more than 10 months, Parents United for Public Education and … Continue reading

Philadelphia Schools Partnership seeks private management over student placement
Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying

Philadelphia Schools Partnership seeks private management over student placement

(This blog post was first published at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Read it here) For months, the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) has been working to put in place a new citywide process for placing students in schools. Most troubling is that PSP wants this process to be run by an outside, private entity that is created … Continue reading

Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings

Parents United for Public Education has won its state Right To Know request to gain public access to the list of 60 schools identified by the Boston Consulting Group for closure and to the firm’s criteria for school closings — a request for information the District has consistently denied to the public. Last spring, the Boston Consulting Group … Continue reading

On Public Integrity and Our Ethics Complaint
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign

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 in … Continue reading

Why we filed with the Ethics Board: The public deserves to know what’s happening here
Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

Why we filed with the Ethics Board: The public deserves to know what’s happening here

Yesterday, Parents United for Public Education, the Philadelphia Home and School Council and the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP filed a complaint with the City Ethics Board requesting an investigation into whether the Boston Consulting Group, private donors, and the William Penn Foundation acted as lobbyists and principals to influence policy in the School District … Continue reading

Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / School closings

The new “philanthropy”: private agendas vs. public interest

Jeremy Nowak is out as president of the William Penn Foundation. In light of his abrupt departure, deeper questions emerge about the role the foundation played under his tenure. For months, Parents United for Public Education has raised questions about the Foundation’s role in funding and directing the work of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Two … Continue reading

Ethics & lobbying / Latest campaign / Press Releases

Parents United’s City Council testimony on BCG

On Monday, Nov. 26th City Council hosted an education committee hearing on the Boston Consulting Group. Parents United co-founders Helen Gym, Gerald Wright and Cecelia Thompson waited four hours to testify and finally left around 5 p.m. with 15 people still on the schedule before us. Needless to say we were very disappointed that parents … Continue reading