“These are not budget cuts. These are human rights abuses happening to children in our own city.”
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“These are not budget cuts. These are human rights abuses happening to children in our own city.”

The American Educational Research Association national meeting came to Philadelphia last weekend and Parents United members were featured at a number of events. Parents Robin Roberts, Tonayia Coffer and Tomika Anglin represented Parents United at a special Division K reception hosted by Drexel University at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Sabra Townsend joined a panel of speakers … Continue reading

Inspiring post of the day: North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. William Barber are delivering THE message of our times
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Inspiring post of the day: North Carolina and the Rev. Dr. William Barber are delivering THE message of our times

Need inspiration? Look no further than yesterday’s 80,000-100,000 (you read that right) person massive Moral March in North Carolina. Born out of a months long Moral Mondays movement that is transforming politics, not just in North Carolina, but for all of us as a nation, the movement has merged those fighting for public education with those … Continue reading

A new year: Celebrating parents on the move!
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A new year: Celebrating parents on the move!

Philadelphia’s schools may have faced their greatest challenges this year, but those challenges were met by a powerful force of parent and civic activism that pushed back against a failing schools narrative and demanded the attention and action of the District, the media and our elected officials. Together parents have made public education the number … Continue reading

50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?
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50 years after King’s speech, will public education be a last stand?

As we honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, we reflect on the powerful words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his most prophetic and radical: “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Investing in schools creates twice as many jobs as military spending
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Video of the Day: Investing in schools creates twice as many jobs as military spending

Say what? UMass economist Bob Pollin argues against “austerity” and heightened militarism, saying that education is by far the better investment. “Spending on education is one of the best ways to create jobs, and it’s maybe the best way insofar as we already have an infrastructure in place called the system of public education at … Continue reading

Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform
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Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform

What is behind the attacks on public education and what do they mean for us as parents? Watch Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union break down the corporate ed reform movement and how teachers and parents need to build alliances to fight back and save our schools. Lewis spoke on Saturday to the … Continue reading