Back to school: “This isn’t reform. This is destruction.”

Listening to Superintendent William Hite on “Radio Times” was a harsh wake up call to every parent across the district. He said that the resources given to him will allow Philadelphia to open “functional types of schools”: “On September 9th, we will expect 134,000 young people to return to schools, and when they return toContinue reading “Back to school: “This isn’t reform. This is destruction.””

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”

Citywide Parents Meeting: Back to school updates

What can parents expect for the first day of school? What are our best strategies to change school resources before school starts? The last 10 days have been a rollercoaster of school ultimatums, dueling press conferences, and protests and actions. Get the latest updates on the schools situation, work with other parents citywide to addressContinue reading “Citywide Parents Meeting: Back to school updates”

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”

Statement on Philadelphia delegation call for $45 million: It’s not enough

“It’s not enough.”   Parents United for Public Education supports the call of the Philadelphia delegation for the state to immediately release the $45 million due to the Philadelphia public schools, but we want to be clear: It’s not enough. The $45 million is federal money already due to the Philadelphia schools. For the stateContinue reading “Statement on Philadelphia delegation call for $45 million: It’s not enough”