Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time
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Time, money, learning: The PSSAs strike out every time

“We spend millions of dollars in a broke school district on testing that could and should be prioritized for providing basic safety in our schools, quality personnel and supplies, extracurricular activities, art, music; science kits and lab facilities, and novel cultural projects and programs.” It was an honor to appear on Radio Times and speak … Continue reading

“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan
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“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan

I was deeply moved in watching the final cut of “Revival from the Roots,” a listening tour Parents United did with Media Mobilizing Project and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. We wanted to hear from parents, staff and students who live the consequences of the policies we enact on our public schools. Here we toured … Continue reading

Parents are opting out of PSSA tests: Here’s why
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Parents are opting out of PSSA tests: Here’s why

Today’s front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer features several Parents United members including our own Robin Roberts on why her children are opting out of the PSSA tests which begin this week. By Roberts’ count, her third grader was going to spend six school days – at least 12 hours – taking state standardized tests beginning this month … 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

What the next Pennsylvania governor must say about education
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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 as … Continue reading

Why I opted out of the PSSA circus
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Why I opted out of the PSSA circus

On  December 13, 2012, the School District of Philadelphia recommended 37 schools for closure. There were impassioned pleas and hard-worked proposals. There were well-written reports of community input. There was anger. There were tears. There were rallies, chants and marches. There was organization, mobilization and  solidarity. And then the School Reform Commission voted to close … Continue reading