Update from Harrisburg: “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around”

  Yesterday, Parents United joined with sister groups across the state and our partners PCAPs, Fight for Philly and Action United to begin an “as long as it takes” sit-in of the governor’s office until the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passes a responsible budget for our schools. The timing couldn’t be more important. On Wednesday, theContinue reading “Update from Harrisburg: “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around””

Kids v. Politics

(This piece was cross-posted at the Public School Notebook)  Yesterday, City Council proved once again that Philadelphia’s school children are second to politicking. Instead of following through on its promise to guarantee the District at least $50 million, a promise it made last August when Supt. William Hite refused to open schools otherwise, City Council’sContinue reading “Kids v. Politics”

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 ofContinue reading “Governor Corbett runs from Philadelphia voters – again”

Don’t Miss! Rally for School Funding 3/27 and GOTV 3/29

TODAY! Tax the Frackers, Fund our schools! FUND OUR SCHOOLS/TAX MARCELLUS SHALE RALLY Thursday, MARCH 27 @ 4 PM 440 N. Broad Street (rain location, SDP auditorium) WHO: STATE SENATOR VINCENT HUGHES and ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS WHY: Our schools have been devastated by nearly $1 billion in cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett’s budgets. To repairContinue reading “Don’t Miss! Rally for School Funding 3/27 and GOTV 3/29”

What we really needed to hear from the Mayor’s budget

After listening to the mayor’s budget address on Thursday, I had to wonder the last time elected officials had visited our schools to do some real fact-finding. In case a reminder is needed, our schools are barely schools anymore. Is it fair to send our children to schools where the student-to-counselor ratio is 1,200 to 1?Continue reading “What we really needed to hear from the Mayor’s budget”