Mayor Nutter’s Door

Mayor Nutter didn’t come out the front door of his office in City Hall last night.  I’m sure mayors have good reason to have alternate exit routes available, and it may be that he uses that other door regularly, rather than just yesterday.  I’m not sure, since I’m not in the habit of sitting outsideContinue reading “Mayor Nutter’s Door”

Top questions about school closings: “A year of turmoil and uncertainty”

(This post is being updated regularly as new information unfolds) Read the complete list of school closings here. This afternoon the district will announce the closing and consolidation of dozens of schools listed above, setting in motion a year of turmoil and uncertainty for thousands of families across the District. We are deeply concerned about theContinue reading “Top questions about school closings: “A year of turmoil and uncertainty””

Statement on pending school closings

In anticipation of tomorrow’s announcement of dozens of school closings, Parents United for Public Education posted this statement. We will be attending the PCAPS rally at the School District, 440 N. Broad Street, tomorrow at 4 p.m. The District will announce the school closings list at a 2 p.m. press conference. Parents United statement onContinue reading “Statement on pending 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 DistrictContinue reading “Why we filed with the Ethics Board: The public deserves to know what’s happening here”

The new “philanthropy”: private agendas vs. public interest

Jeremy Nowak is out as president of the William Penn Foundation. In light of his abrupt departure, deeper questions emerge about the role the foundation played under his tenure. For months, Parents United for Public Education has raised questions about the Foundation’s role in funding and directing the work of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). TwoContinue reading “The new “philanthropy”: private agendas vs. public interest”