Brown, Garner and other tragedies under the Michael Jackson Microscope
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Brown, Garner and other tragedies under the Michael Jackson Microscope

Today my ten year old son brought home a writing assignment. His instructions were to print out the lyrics of his favorite song and write about what it means to him. Sounds simple enough. My son happens to be a fan of Michael Jackson thanks to Mom and Dad’s old CDs and “The Experience” dance … Continue reading

Robin Roberts on testing, killing the joy of learning on Radio Times
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Robin Roberts on testing, killing the joy of learning on Radio Times

We are so proud of Parents United leadership member Robin Roberts, who was a voice of sanity on “Radio Times” yesterday morning. She talked about how tests don’t measure learning, how they stifle creativity, how much time they take up, and how little they do to assist schools that are struggling. Listen to the whole interview here, … 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

Must watch video of the day: “They’re not just hurting people who lost their jobs. They’re hurting the kids.”
Safe Schools / School closings

Must watch video of the day: “They’re not just hurting people who lost their jobs. They’re hurting the kids.”

Parents at the former Wilson Elementary School in West Philadelphia have been protesting the un-monitored dangerous 1.2 mile walk to their new school, Lea Elementary. Despite bizarrely bloviated promises from the city’s Walk Safe Program – the directors said they would have 260 volunteers present daily for the 24 schools which closed last spring – … Continue reading