District budget / Press Releases

Parents United urges SRC not to take action on “devastating” budget options

As of this writing, Harrisburg legislators have not yet passed a formal budget for the Commonwealth. Currently the Senate and House are reportedly close to approving a budget that would strip tens of millions from the Governor’s (inadequate) and proposed budget for schools. This would mean Philadelphia could stare down a budget gap of around … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases

Parents United statement on City Council action

Yesterday City Council approved a $27 million borrowing effort and introduced an additional bill for another $30 million in borrowing for the School District for passage in September 2014. These two actions fulfill last year’s promised $50 million which was needed just to open schoolhouse doors last September. City Council earlier had approved the full … Continue reading

Munoz-Marin parents: We believe in public schools
Choice/Charters / Latest campaign / Press Releases

Munoz-Marin parents: We believe in public schools

Yesterday parent at the Luis Muñoz Marìn School voted last night 223-70 to remain a District public school. The vote mirrored a similar blow-out vote by parents at the Edward T. Steel Elementary last month to also remain a public school. Parents United released the following statement. Parents: We believe in public schools Parents United for Public … Continue reading

District budget / Press Releases

The Only Bold Choice: Parents United statement on delaying the budget vote

Parents United for Public Education statement on delaying the budget vote Last night Superintendent William Hite and the School Reform Commission made a bold move and decided not to pass a devastating school budget until requested revenues are received. In doing so, they put the pressure where it belongs: on our elected officials at the … 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

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

District budget / Press Releases / Your vote

Corbett budget: “A paltry handout”

Last week Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his proposal for the PA state budget. The proposal claims to put in close to $400 million into education. However on closer scrutiny, none of that money supports the basic education budget, the amount of money going without strings attached to school districts. After years of deprivation under Governor … Continue reading

Ethics & lobbying / Press Releases / Your vote

Parents United statement on Corbett SRC appointments

Parents United for Public Education will seek to work with any and all appointees to the School Reform Commission. As parents, however, we believe the appointment of any new individuals to the Commission does not change the fundamentally flawed nature of an entity which is ultimately beholden to politics over effective governance. The approval process … Continue reading