Beyond the $50 million deal: What about the schools our children deserve?

Alfie Kohn’s 2000 book titled The Schools Our Children Deserve has become a visionary slogan for public education advocates across the country.  It was the phrase I was thinking of as I listened to last week’s dueling press conferences between the Mayor, the District and City Council about the lack of funding that threatened theContinue reading “Beyond the $50 million deal: What about the schools our children deserve?”

Photo of the Day: Schools burn, Guv heads up river

Could this photo be any more iconic of the disconnect between our Governor and the state of schools? On the day that Supt. William Hite announces an unprecedented possible shutdown of Philly schools for a failure of funding, Governor Tom Corbett kicks off his kayaking vacation. The governor is oblivious and far, far away. Psst,Continue reading “Photo of the Day: Schools burn, Guv heads up river”

This is not a school: Parents United statement on district layoffs

[Update: The District has actually issued 3,783 layoffs, over 20% of its total staff.] “This is not a school” Parents United for Public Education Statement on District layoffs, June 7, 2013 3,000 layoffs.  Aides, secretaries, nurses, librarians, art and music teachers, classroom teachers, assistant principals, counselors—people who have worked in our children’s schools for years,Continue reading “This is not a school: Parents United statement on district layoffs”