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

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 complaintsContinue reading “Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education”

Parents United statement on teacher concessions

This morning, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) made the tough decision to agree to a wage freeze and health care contributions. Parents United for Public Education stands with Philadelphia teachers across the city who are making a difference everyday in our classrooms.  We also want to make clear that this means the District’s averageContinue reading “Parents United statement on teacher concessions”

Parents United statement on school fundraising

The following statement came out of a number of requests to have Parents United weigh in on recently publicized school efforts to fundraise for basic staff and services amidst the current budget crisis. Parents United for Public Education believes that public education must remain free and available to all children regardless of background. This isContinue reading “Parents United statement on school fundraising”

Statement on $50 million in (maybe) city funds: It’s still not enough

“It’s not enough” Parents United for Public Education acknowledges the Mayor and City Council for their (albeit confused) efforts to ensure the opening of school, but again, as we said earlier, we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The City may be doing its part to open schools. $50 million is not enough toContinue reading “Statement on $50 million in (maybe) city funds: It’s still not enough”