(This post originally appeared at the Public School Notebook. We thank our attorneys at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, especially Ben Geffen and Michael Churchill, for their multi-year dedication to this effort.) What could possibly justify the closing of Northeast High School, the largest school in the city and each year bursting atContinue reading “How crazy were school closings cheerleaders? As crazy as you thought”
Category Archives: School Closings
Parents United wins school closings FOIA case (again) but it’s not over yet
This summer the Court of Common Pleas upheld our right to make public the list of 60 schools identified for closure by the Boston Consulting Group as part of the District’s 2012 “Transformation Plan. ” This is the second victory on this case for Parents United and our lawyers at the Public Interest Law Center. InContinue reading “Parents United wins school closings FOIA case (again) but it’s not over yet”
“Dump the losers”: Where do District and City leaders really stand?
How shocked should we be really? On Friday, Philadelphia School Partnership’s Mark Gleason embraced a stunningly blunt description of the District’s “portfolio model” at a session of the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting. Gleason was attempting to explain why the portfolio model depends on school closings in a system where multiple operators run schools.Continue reading ““Dump the losers”: Where do District and City leaders really stand?”
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”?”