District budget / Press Releases / School opening / War on Teachers

Parents United statement on teacher concessions

This morning, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) made the tough decision to agree to a wage freeze and health care contributions. Parents United for Public Education stands with Philadelphia teachers across the city who are making a difference everyday in our classrooms.  We also want to make clear that this means the District’s average … Continue reading

District budget / War on Teachers

Helen Gym: SRC statement: Going to war on your own soldiers

These remarks were made at the Aug. 15 SRC special meeting which stripped seniority from the teachers’ contract. This means that the District has the right to arbitrarily determine which staff to return to schools based on “need.” The SRC voted unanimously to do so. Last week when you Superintendent Hite issued your ultimatum, parents … Continue reading

Is this our Mayor?
District budget / School closings / War on Teachers / Your vote

Is this our Mayor?

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made an appearance last night on “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC  about the awful decisions made this year about Philadelphia public schools. From mass school closings to reckless charter expansion, from closing schools to opening prisons, from eliminating fundamental education responsibilities to laying off thousands of Philadelphians – what, … Continue reading

This is not a school: Parents United statement on district layoffs
District budget / Press Releases / School opening / War on Teachers

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

Today’s must watch video: Chicago Teacher Union’s Karen Lewis on corporate ed reform
Smart stuff / War on Teachers

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

What it means for parents to support teachers
District budget / Latest campaign / War on Teachers

What it means for parents to support teachers

Like many parents across the city, the preliminary release of some of the terms of the Philadelphia teachers contract made me heartsick. For months I had watched city and district leaders make promises about mass school closings – they were necessary for financial viability, they would concentrate resources in remaining schools, they would put more … Continue reading

Parents United statement: Contracts should advance teaching & learning, not degrade them
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Parents United statement: Contracts should advance teaching & learning, not degrade them

Parents United for Public Education: Statement on Philadelphia Teachers contract Parents United for Public Education believes that the upcoming contract negotiations with the teachers’ union are an important opportunity to advance a vision of quality teaching and learning across the city. While we recognize the dire financial situation of the District, we are appalled at suggestions … Continue reading