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 complaintContinue reading “Ethics Board responds to Parents United lobbying complaint”

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

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 createdContinue reading “Philadelphia Schools Partnership seeks private management over student placement”

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 GroupContinue reading “Parents United wins open records case on BCG list of school closings”