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

District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

An Open Letter to Dr. Hite on Parent Priorities for $45 Million Restored to Philadelphia Schools

Dear Superintendent Hite: This year, our schools opened with a lack of resources any educator would have deemed unimaginable and intolerable. You acknowledged the severity of the situation in a recent interview, describing our schools as “functional types of schools” lacking in the “resources that we typically expect in schools.” This is the reason why … Continue reading

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education
Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education

Today, Parents United for Public Education and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia fed-exed 260 individual complaints to the PA Secretary of Education about program and curriculum deficiencies we believe to be in violation of the Pennsylvania code. We expect to mail over 130 claims at the end of this week. Nearly 400 complaints … Continue reading

Gloves off: It’s time for parents to exercise our legal rights
District budget / Latest campaign

Gloves off: It’s time for parents to exercise our legal rights

As we enter the school year, the purposeful underfunding and abuse of the state-controlled School District has never been more clear: 24 school closings. Children headed to schools even worse off than the ones they attended. Every single school across the city crippled by the deliberate refusal to staff them safely and responsibly. As the … 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

What it means for parents to support teachers
District budget / Latest campaign / War on Teachers

What it means for parents to support teachers

Like many parents across the city, the preliminary release of some of the terms of the Philadelphia teachers contract made me heartsick. For months I had watched city and district leaders make promises about mass school closings – they were necessary for financial viability, they would concentrate resources in remaining schools, they would put more … 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