High stakes testing / Press Releases / War on Teachers

Our statement: We support the right to opt out

This statement is in response to news that the School District of Philadelphia may begin disciplinary action toward teachers who had informed parents of their opt out rights around high stakes testing. The District move follows this City Paper article announcing that 17% of students at Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences refused to take … Continue reading

Press Releases / Safe Schools / War on Teachers / Your vote

Statement: Students deserve an apology – not insults

Last month the School District of Philadelphia hosted a screening of the controversial film “Won’t Back Down” (read Helen Gym’s review of the movie here) shortly after the School Reform Commission took unprecedented action to revoke the teachers’ contract. Students conducted a protest of the film screening. It went downhill from there. According to this video, … Continue reading

This happened today: Bodine High loses teachers, cancels physics
District budget / War on Teachers

This happened today: Bodine High loses teachers, cancels physics

This is what “leveling” means in Philly public schools. It means the District refuses to hire needed staff so schools lose teachers to send to other schools seven weeks into the school year. What difference does a teacher make? Check out what happened when Bodine High School for International Affairs (one of Philadelphia’s “innovative” global … Continue reading

Gerald Wright: The SRC has gone too far
District budget / Press Releases / War on Teachers

Gerald Wright: The SRC has gone too far

On October 15, parents across the city gathered at 440 to decry the SRC’s decision earlier this month to throw out the teachers’ contract. Parents United for Public Education joined with Action United and PCAPs to organize the rally because we believe that a strong school district works in partnership with its labor force, not … Continue reading

District budget / Smart stuff / War on Teachers

Smart read of the day: Lisa Haver on why real accountability goes both ways

“The question then is:  Is accountability applicable only to those in the classrooms? Why do we not hold those in leadership positions accountable?  It is the responsibility of the Superintendent and the SRC to make sure that we have a functioning system which meets all of the needs of our students.  It is their responsibility … Continue reading

Governor Corbett runs from Philadelphia voters – again
District budget / War on Teachers / Your vote

Governor Corbett runs from Philadelphia voters – again

In a large rally yesterday, Parents United for Public Education joined with our partners at PCAPS and PA Working Families to greet Governor Tom Corbett who was trolling for campaign dollars with Gov. Chris Christie at an event hosted by the Republican Governors Association. Originally intended for the Union League, the campaign suddenly switched locations the day of … Continue reading

When Ed Reformers speak: “Schools shouldn’t have a right to exist”
Choice/Charters / Ethics & lobbying / War on Teachers

When Ed Reformers speak: “Schools shouldn’t have a right to exist”

The Philadelphia School Partnership was founded with a mission “to accelerate” the pace of education reform in Philadelphia and to raise $100 million to wield its agenda. So why has PSP in its short tenure here become such a polarizing institution? Hmm . .  could it be the fact that they: Have prominent voucher advocates on … Continue reading