We sued the PA Dept of Ed. Here’s why we should keep filing complaints
District budget / Latest campaign / Safe Schools / School opening

We sued the PA Dept of Ed. Here’s why we should keep filing complaints

(File a complaint here!) As Philadelphia schools open under a second year of Doomsday budget proportions, Parents United for Public Education, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Media Mobilizing Project, and State Sen. Vincent Hughes announced the re-launching of the website http://www.myphillyschools.com and encouraged parents to file formal complaints with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education … Continue reading

District budget / Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

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 why … Continue reading

Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking
District budget / Safe Schools / School opening

Her name is Laporshia Massey and our hearts are breaking

Our hearts are breaking over the death of beautiful 12 year old Bryant Elementary student Laporshia Massey, who died following an asthma attack that apparently started at school.  We grieve for her entire family and the Bryant community. According to the City Paper, Laporshia became ill during the school day. No nurse was scheduled. Laporshia … Continue reading

Parents United sends hundreds of complaints to PA Secty. of Education
Latest campaign / Press Releases / School opening

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 complaints … Continue reading

Surviving my first week: “This school year will be a marathon”
About Parents United / School opening

Surviving my first week: “This school year will be a marathon”

If you are interested in filing a complaint with the PA Dept. of Education about educational deficiencies in your child’s school, please check out our Know Your Rights Toolkit here! I was not enthusiastic about the start of this school year. I am well aware of the lack of funding and staffing in District schools. … Continue reading

Back to School: It’s so much worse than you think
District budget / School opening

Back to School: It’s so much worse than you think

“Philadelphia, Mississippi 1963: No black children allowed in libraries Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2013: No school libraries” [This post has been updated: Check our Know Your Rights page to learn how to file a complaint] On Tuesday, dozens of parents came out to District headquarters to finally gain some answers to rumors, questions and fears surrounding the … Continue reading