Call to Action: A State Budget that Restores Funding to Social Services and Public Education

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a meeting of the Philadelphia delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Present were 22 state representatives, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas, Mayor Michael Nutter, City Council president Darrell Clarke, SRC members, and Superintendent William Hite, among many others. The topics wereContinue reading “Call to Action: A State Budget that Restores Funding to Social Services and Public Education”

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”

What the next Pennsylvania governor must say about education

Yesterday, a lively crowd kicked off the Pennsylvania governor’s race in proud Philadelphia style. The first governor’s forum featured five of eight candidates for governor: John Hanger, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, Katie McGinty, and Tom Wolf. It was hosted by the Working Families Party and PCAPs among others, and touched on core areas such asContinue reading “What the next Pennsylvania governor must say about education”