Our Statement: Any Charter Expansion Continues to Impoverish the District

This statement is in response to the School Reform Commission special meeting for charter applications February 18th. “I too believe in OPTIONS. Fair options like being able to send my children to schools that are safe with the basic items are provided like books, nursing, counselors, and adequate staffing. Yet under the current budget youContinue reading “Our Statement: Any Charter Expansion Continues to Impoverish the District”

Thank You to Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

It was an honor to speak for the clients of PILCOP during their Annual Gala –  A Celebration of Civil Rights. The work that is being done here is vital to ensuring civil rights are being addressed, inequities corrected, and inclusion for all. Here are my remarks: Thank you for the opportunity to speak withContinue reading “Thank You to Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia”

Brown, Garner and other tragedies under the Michael Jackson Microscope

Today my ten year old son brought home a writing assignment. His instructions were to print out the lyrics of his favorite song and write about what it means to him. Sounds simple enough. My son happens to be a fan of Michael Jackson thanks to Mom and Dad’s old CDs and “The Experience” danceContinue reading “Brown, Garner and other tragedies under the Michael Jackson Microscope”

Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice

Today, our partners at the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools helped sponsor a City Council hearing on high stakes testing. A capacity crowd turned out for the hearings, which were co-sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla and Council Education Committee Chair Jannie Blackwell. Parents United leader Robin Roberts spoke on behalf of parents everywhere in this outstandingContinue reading “Robin Roberts: High stakes testing is an inhuman and uneducated practice”

Tomika Anglin to PA officials: Reduce inequity. Don’t reinforce it.

Today the Basic Education Funding Commission held the second part of a controversial two-day visit to Philadelphia to collect testimony that will inform the possibility of a funding formula for Pennsylvania’s schools. The Commission had refused to hear from parents, students or community members representing concerns about adequate funding in the Philadelphia public schools. According to a spokesman,Continue reading “Tomika Anglin to PA officials: Reduce inequity. Don’t reinforce it.”