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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

“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan
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“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan

I was deeply moved in watching the final cut of “Revival from the Roots,” a listening tour Parents United did with Media Mobilizing Project and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. We wanted to hear from parents, staff and students who live the consequences of the policies we enact on our public schools. Here we toured … Continue reading

Parents United statement in support of Steel Elementary School
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Parents United statement in support of Steel Elementary School

Parents United for Public Education fully endorses the concerns of parents and community members of Steel Elementary School who are outraged over what is effectively an 8-day process to determine if Steel remains a neighborhood public school or not. More than 100 parents came out on April 8 to hear the District speak for the first time about … Continue reading

Campaign: Parking Authority windfall should be win-win for Philadelphia
District budget / Latest campaign

Campaign: Parking Authority windfall should be win-win for Philadelphia

What public agency has more than $230 million in revenues and some of the highest salaries in town, but doesn’t feel like sharing a $75 million windfall with the schools it’s supposed to help fund? Yup. That would be the Philadelphia Parking Authority. This spring, the PPA will put up for sale the first of … Continue reading

Awake You Sleeping Giant!
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Awake You Sleeping Giant!

Despite the frigid temperature on Thursday afternoon, over 100 people crowded the corners of Bustleton and Cottman Avenues, one of the busiest intersections in Northeast Philadelphia chanting to the beat of Northeast High School’s marching band: “S.O.S. – Save our Schools!” “Whose schools? Our Schools!” The rally – supported by PCAPs and Parents United for … Continue reading

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